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salad bars and the slow lane

What is the difference between two two-square-inch bits of iceberg lettuce?

There has to be something I don't see. There just has to be. There is no visible reason why the women ahead of me at the salad bar have to deliberate over every single piece of lettuce that goes into their one-cup to-go box. It can take two minutes for these people to put just enough lettuce down to cover the bottom. Then the performance repeats at the peppers. And the cucumbers. And the garbanzos.

There are eight people in line, trying to get something to eat during their thirty-minute lunch break. Ten minutes are used up watching someone try to decide between the genetically-identical 11/64-thick or 5/32-think slices of carrot.

One of these days I will be ahead of one of them, and I will spend a considerable period deciding whether to pay with two fives or a ten.


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Apr. 28th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
You are such a GUY...

The thicker carrot slices taste better and have more crunch. The lettuce needs to be shaped correctly to hold the maximum amount of dressing.
The peppers and cucumbers need to be bite sized.

Can't explain the garbonzo's - they are only good for hummas.

Apr. 28th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
I get picky about these things myself. Fortunately, I'm not likely to be found at busy salad bars. When I am, I like to think I'm less picky. I'm pretty sure I don't take several minutes -- I'm hungry, after all.
Apr. 29th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Salad Bar?

Oh God, that was your first mistake! True, you may have only 30 minutes BUT if I am paying for my food, and we are not in a supermarket, then it had better be delivered to my table with a smile.
Apr. 29th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
It would take at least 3/4 hour, and cost three times as much, to sit down in a Market Street eatery and have them drop a salad in front of me. I have other things to do. ;)
Apr. 29th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Well, the first problem is getting iceberg instead of green leaf, red leaf, romaine, or baby leaf lettuce. Iceberg's sole purpose is to hold up the salad dressing, while other forms have nutritional value to boot.

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