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  • December 7, 2015

A Social Convention Feast


So this time the question made me think for a little bit before I found my answer. But once I did, it was easy as could be. Some may even be able to guess it.

Which one social convention would you get rid of?

My answer: FOOD!

It is as simple as that, or maybe not as I’ll go on about it for a bit. Food is all anyone seems to be able to gather around. It doesn’t matter if you are in space, on a cruise ship, or out picking up port a potties. Food is all people can gather around.

Yes, people need to eat and it is one of the only things 100% of the population needs to do, but get a grip. What the heck is so fun about food anyway? You sit around the table, floor, etc. and eat, stuffing your face, having gas come out both ends and then you have to clean everything up when done. Woweee!

Even an actual date for food, like dinner at a friend’s house, results in more food. You have to bring desert or wine or whatever with you to add to the food that you are already being served. Stuffing yourself again.

Let’s go out to eat. Yeah, let’s go out and do what we can do cheaper at home. And after we go out to eat we have to start thinking about going home. Wowweee, great logic there.

And then there is the whole “Want some?” which really means “Eat my food, now!” because if you were to say no you get the look of disgust, like they think that you think their food isn’t good enough for you. Oh, everyone else is eating all around you but you aren’t, you are just weird. Pfffft and the only one with a butt that isn’t hanging out too.

Nothing wrong with meeting over food or Thanksgiving and such. But that is all anyone can do it seems. It would be nice to have anything from an actual meeting, even though they bore, to a gathering or date or whatever where food isn’t the first thought on everyone’s mind.

That and of course with or without food you are expected to shake hands, kiss cheeks, kiss hands, etc. All that is blah too. But you know about my aversion to that thanks to the cat. So I went food.

Think food is overboard these days? Maybe it’s just me and my hate for all the food talk. Food nuts are almost as bad as drunks. A drunk food nut is the worst though. I’ll go back to ignoring all the food talk and food nuts now.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Alex J. Cavanaugh

2015-12-07 00:42:05 Reply

Well crap, we just had friends over for dinner this weekend. And we had dinner with both family and friends the weekend before. And the weekend before that, we went out to eat with a huge group of friends. Now I feel guilty…

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-07 12:25:34 Reply

    lmao see, all food. Was I right or was I right?


2015-12-07 01:43:53 Reply

PAT!!!! No wonder you aren’t married!!!!!

Just giving you a hard time, but, really, nothing better than a pizza date, even when you’ve been married ten years. Yes, I can make my own, and sometimes I do. But just the whole dating atmosphere, if you really love (or like) someone, is a treasure. A candlelight dinner on an anniversary, birthday cake anytime, especially seeing one-year-olds smear it all over their face, or a 100-year-old blowing out the candles (or trying anyway), hot chocolate in front of the fireplace, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, cinnamon rolls on top of Cinnamon Pass… Dude, do you have any idea what you are missing out on??? 🙂

That said, I just had ten days worth of meals with family I see only once every two years or so, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Even the leftovers nights. May be the last time I get to see one family member in particular, and I will always treasure that last meal together.

Pat Hatt

2015-12-07 12:26:56 Reply

Well those types of meals where you haven’t seen are great. It’s the same old same old crap. I’ll never be married if food wins, as that just isn’t ever going to happen lol

Mary Aalgaard

2015-12-07 13:49:17 Reply

My boyfriend is a professional chef, so our lives are all about food! But, yes, I agree. We feed each other too much. If anyone is trying to watch their weight, there is SO MUCH pressure to conform and just eat that cookie. Also, I don’t think we need to provide a snack every time we get people together. I have kids and the whole time, I’m buying chewy bars and fruit snacks, and they all eat way too much pizza. Still, we can’t deny that food is important, it provides a reason to meet, it’s an expression of love, and usually it tastes good and relaxes people.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-07 14:44:36 Reply

    True, there is no denying that. But that pressure people try to put on you to eat that cookie is dumb. You don’t want to eat it, you shouldn’t have to and they should buzz off.

Tamara Narayan

2015-12-07 15:00:23 Reply

“having gas come out both ends”–thanks for the giggle. I’ve got to agree with you on all of this (except going out to eat is cool if you’re getting something delicious that you can’t make at home like cheese fondue).

What should we do instead? Board games? Take walks? Knit? I say yes. But someone would have to teach me to knit first.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-07 15:46:42 Reply

    True, there is always the what else is there to do. But sure people can find something without the need for food.

Arlee Bird

2015-12-07 16:05:48 Reply

Well, I’m a food fan, just so it doesn’t hit the fan later on.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-07 16:21:13 Reply

    haha when it hits the fan, not all too swell

Susan Gourley

2015-12-07 16:37:21 Reply

I just complained to my husband about this same thing. His family had a get together and they always want to do it at a buffet. You don’t even get to talk to each other because everyone is busy eating. I’d rather just do a visit.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-07 21:44:42 Reply

    Yeah, a visit is more fun than food every single time

Bouncin Barb

2015-12-07 18:59:22 Reply

Pat, I loved your answer. I’ve been saying this for a long time.

In my blogs you’ll see that I mention First Friday Art Walks in St. Augustine, FL where Ray’s art is displayed in galleries there. The galleries put out food and beverages for all the people to nibble on while they peruse the art on the walls. I sit there and watch these people literally just stand there and stuff their faces. They don’t even look at the art. They eat and then go to the next gallery and eat, etc. etc. It’s just gross!!

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-07 21:45:28 Reply

    I see them do that at places too, eat and eat and then on to the next, nasty

Michael D'Agostino

2015-12-08 12:16:20 Reply

I’d like to agree with you, but food is pretty awesome 😛

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-08 13:16:25 Reply

    Not for me haha

Madilyn Quinn

2015-12-09 00:45:25 Reply

Nope, sorry. I love food. I love people that love food. I love eat food with people that love food. We hang out over food. 🙂

    Pat Hatt

    2015-12-09 12:56:58 Reply

    lol enjoy that at your sea, not for me

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