Thursday, September 03, 2009

TBWCYL Day 246 – Choppy Eater

I will start this by saying I am not Oriental. So when I read that today I had to eat everything with Chopsticks, I felt I might not have the training needed to eat all meals with two tiny pieces of bamboo. But, I wasn’t daunted that greatly.

You see last week during “No Electricity” day, one of the people in the book I was reading ate peanuts with chopsticks to keep his fingers clean while he did crossword puzzles. Well, I liked the idea so much that I actually did it with Cheetos while I was reading and later did it with the mixed nuts. I was going in with some mileage under my belt.

As I sat huddled over my bowl of Life Cereal this morning, picking each soggy square up and bringing it to my mouth, silently praying I not drop it and make some mess that would cause me to change clothes; I realized I might just be able to do this.

I was just as successful with the almonds I had brought to work for a snack. They are much easier to grapple with because of their hard consistency. I was snapping them up like a pro and tossing them from the end of the sticks into my mouth with ease. I ate a string cheese stick as well by just holding the entire piece and nibbling it.

Lunch consisted of a roast beef sandwich and some Cheetos. Picking up an entire sandwich seemed unlikely so I went for the more logical route and had cut my sandwich into squares. By doing this I felt almost as if I were eating a spring roll or something because with a little effort I was taking whole pieces into my mouth. I even challenged myself with a pack of Peanut M&M’s for dessert and barely dropped any.

My final act of Chop-stickery involved eating an entire plate of bean and beef fajita nachos. We drove to Midland tonight and stopped to grab dinner. Diana was embarrassed to be seen with me eating using chop sticks so she forced me to find a seat that would hide us. I ordered nachos to try and make the eating as easy as possible and did well enough not to drop anything on myself. I left the chop sticks on my plate when we left so I am sure Rosarita will be curious as to why they are sitting on the plate at a Mexican restaurant.

I kind of liked using chop sticks all day. They made me concentrate during my meal and I may just have enjoyed my food a little bit more.

That is all,


4 Ripples in the pond:

Carrie said...

Much better than I would have handled the challenge! I'd have been stabbing things with the chopsticks for lack of coordination...

Addy's Daddy said...

That is how he used to eat his lemon chicken when we were kids.

Also, Oriental describes rugs and the express, not people - they are Asians.


Your friendly nomenclature

Soda and Candy said...

Oh man, I am terrible at chopsticks. I'm that stupid gwei-lo that always needs a fork at the Chinese restaurant.

Fantastic life experiment!

Proud Maisie said...

I have thank you from the bottom of my heart... You see, I am very particular about the condition of my books, but I also love to eat crisps. Greasy crisps. And smart as I am, I never would have thought that chopsticks would enable me to enjoy both at the same time. A great day indeed.