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Cyclist In Chief

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

There’s a cool article on Yahoo! news about President Bush mountain biking. I had heard that Bush was into mountain biking, but this is the first article I’ve seen that’s specifically about it. There’s another article here. Regardless of your opinion of Bush, you’ve got to admit that this is pretty cool.

Americans don’t like rice?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Last week, a coworker invited me to go out to lunch with him and one of the accountants. I agreed to go, and he started talking about restauraunt options. I told him I didn’t really care where we went. He suggested a cajun place called DATS, which he explained is actually a house that’s been converted into a restaurant (that’s not unusual for downtown Bloomington).
Interrupting himself, he said, “Oh wait, that’s right … you probably don’t like rice.”

“What?” I asked, confused.

“Most Americans don’t like rice.”

I had never heard that theory before. I don’t eat rice with every meal or anything, but I do have it on a fairly regular basis. I think of it as fairly interchangeable with mashed potatoes, and if I’m eating something with sauce, some sauce will probably go on the rice. And of course, I’ve had it in the context of many different ethnic foods.

My coworker pointed out that most American restaurants don’t serve rice; now that I think about it, I suppose that a lot of them don’t, but I don’t think that’s evidence that Americans don’t like rice.

What I want to know is, is this a common stereotype? Do most Americans really not like rice? Or am I correct in thinking that my coworker has an isolated misconception?

An Open Apology

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Dear Sarah,

Please forgive me for the way I acted last night. I don’t know what came over me. I can think of a zillion reasons why I might have been such an asshole, but I don’t think they’re worth listing. None explain it fully, and no amount of explanation could justify my behavior.

I promise to work harder at dealing with things, despite my nicotine cravings (still!) and whatever curveballs life throws me. I said a lot of things I didn’t mean — and please believe me when I say that I didn’t mean them. I was not myself. I was reacting to all of life’s stresses at once and got carried away. I just needed to be by myself last night because I was taking things out on you that weren’t your fault. You deserve better, and I’ll give do better for you. Please give me a chance to do that.

I need you and I love you more than anything.

Please forgive me.

Love,
Michael

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