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November 05, 2006

Cheap Food

I just went and ate at Maxwells on Washington. Never been there before. They've got a diner type area with a counter and a back area with tables that usually has a long wait. I went in alone and with nothing to read. I sat down on the counter and didn't speak much to anyone around me. For some reason I've had a hard time in the past sitting down alone for food, especially if I don't have anything to occupy myself, like reading. Hell, I don't even like going to the movies alone. Not sure why. I guess one reason is I don't like being seen alone. That's weird though.

The next thing would be to get better at talking to those around me. I suppose if you go to eat alone enough, your bound to start talking to people.

While I was sitting there with nothing to occupy myself, I started to think. I started to think about all sorts of things. It's so unusual for me to be somewhere with nothing to occupy myself. Usually i have my computer, or a book, or a movie, or friends. There's always something to be 'doing'. It was quite nice. I used to have a lot more time with nothing to do. It was somewhat forced I suppose. I'd be on a chair lift, or resting after a run. There's nothing to do in those moments but think. Hiking is another area where you can just think. There's nothing to do but enjoy the scenery and put one step in front of the other. Maybe its a flaw that I can't just be somewhere and not be thinking deeply. I probably need to work on just being present and mindful.

Maxwell's was great. It was delicious and pretty cheap. I really like going to inexpensive restaurants. First of all, I don't feel like I'm being judged by those around me. Fancy restaurants are often talent shows. I'm over generalizing of course. Also, waters at fancy places tend to patronize you in ways people with money want to be patronized. They act overly nice, but in a cold way. At a cheap place the help seems more real. You're not paying enough for them to treat you like anymore more than just another person. I like that. Also, you can leave a disproportionately large tip at a cheap place. Leaving $6 on a $10 check is way better than leaving $20 on a $100 check ya know?

Then I went next door to the thrift store in front of where I parked. Man, its silly we don't shop at thrift stores more. They have everything! Not just everything, but interesting everything. I mean, you can go to Target and choose your soap holder from the 5 choices that everyone else will choose, or you can get a really weird one from a thrift store. Cookie cutter soap dispensers for the cookie cutter bathrooms in the cookie cutter houses on cookie cutter blocks.

I like my cookies whole thank you.

Posted by wonko at November 5, 2006 01:26 PM

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