Friday. A slow, stumbling day. My turn to bring in goodies on Goodie Friday, so I drove over to Neldams on Telegraph and purchased a plate of really good looking gooey chocolate cakes topped with multi-colored hard frosting flowers. Why I did this I cannot say. I was good about not eating more than a smidgen, what with sampling the rest of the home baked cookies and Chinese pastries brought in by the others responsible for goodies today (it takes four of us to purchase enough sugar and starch to feed the long line of swine we've sold on this Goodie Day concept).
Still, a good day, a good lunch at a Chinese restaurant with MSC, MRD and MRM, MSC, of course, ordering in Cantonese. Nice to be with someone who can order in Cantonese (or Mandarin or Spanish or Vietnamese or Russian or one of the various - continent of or local band of - Indian dialects). There are advantages to living in a multi-cultural environment, working in a multi-cultural environment and, most especially, eating in a multi-cultural environment, particularly when your youth was spent thinking Chinese food came in a can from someplace called Chung King.
And what did you spend on lunch?
Six dollars and twenty-five cents, including tax and a 20% tip, which means our “good lunch” was subsidized by a restaurant staff that has to be living on rice and water to be charging five bucks a pop for a large noon day meal. Day old rice and water at that. Those chocolate cakes with their hard frosting flowers ran three bucks a pop. But this is not a day to dwell on half baked feelings for fairness. Dwelling on fairness will make you depressed and sometimes foment irrational behavior such as leaving a larger tip, which is another depressing concept in and of itself in what can become an ever tighter circle of even more depressing concepts on a Friday, no less.
And, my friends, the weather is wonderful with the weekend ahead and I'm looking forward to shooting pictures somewhere without expending particular time or effort. It turns out my motorcycle race isn't until next weekend with the Laguna Seca automobile race on the weekend after that, so I've got even more time now to prepare and to procrastinate.