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Tue, Apr. 17th, 2007, 05:27 pm
Eat like a Junior High School Teacher

lj-tags: nutrition, coffee, cigarettes, tacos

Eat like a Junior High School Teacher


I eat in a cafeteria every work day. I've tried brown-bagging it, but I'd rather have my weekends free to do things other than planning meals and portioning lunches and cleaning plastic containers. I'd like to say that cafeteria lunches are like high school, except that I went to boarding school where the bread was handmade by monks and the milk jugs came from a dairy five miles away, so I have to go back to junior high school for a reference.

My parents gave me $1.10 for lunch in 7th and 8th grade, but for an extra nickel I could buy two cinnamon rolls and a half-pint box of Jungle Juice, a fruit-flavored punch which as far as I know had no juice in it, the beginning of a lifetime of bad nutritional choices. Thursday is taco day at my grown-up cafeteria, just like at several junior and senior high schools, I imagine. Here's my taco day theory. Friday is fish day indeference to Catholics, so Thursday is the last chance to grind the remaining beef and sell it before the weekend. The cafeteria also offers sandwiches wrapped in tortillas, which grant cafeterias a low-carb option and a nod to multiculturalism in one move.

And there's coffee. We had undrinkable coffee in high school, and the coffee at junior high was for teachers only, forbidden fruit guarded by the cashier like a cigarette dispenser. Both habits I adopted as soon as possible. I drank so much coffee and smoked so many cigarettes in college that I have a had time remembering a college meal free of nicotine or caffeine. So now I eat like a junior high school teacher. Slop with privileges. All the coffee I want, and I want a lot. And I still look forward to taco day.

As always, tell me what you think.


Basil White

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
dkstwin

I didn't go to a boarding school, but we had awesome lunch ladies. Home made noodles, our hamburger buns were home made...yummy stuff. When I worked for AOHell, we had a cafeteria and it was a very rude awakening! The food in the carousel of death vending machine was better than that "food". *indelicate shudder*

Wed, Apr. 25th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): camp cafeteria

I just had the cafeteria experience last week at camp...Try being a vegetarian at camp...I was luck to get peanut butter sandwiches twice a day..So I would go through the line with a sometimes screaming 8 year old ...I had to hold her hand the whole time or she would wander off, or just eat off someone else's tray, or pour out drinks...Anyway I would go through the lunchline holding her hand, then balancing 2 trays in the other...All of this after having to sit around for 30 minutes until our cabin group singed/screamed enough camp songs to earn the privelage to stand in the lunch line for 10 more minutes..