Blog DOB: 09 Nov, 2012
Name: weegg1235g weegg1235g
We're not always functioning at our full 40%. Sometimes we go into auto pilot and, for all intents and purposes, are pretty much switched off. Some things are so familiar to us we don't think about them. Our expectations are so strong about the outcome we don't expect anything different to happen. You go into Tescos, you fill your trolley, you come home and put things away. Only then do you discover the rotten apple in the bag or that the best before end date is only a few hours away. To compound your mood, your annoyance is directed at yourself for not paying attention rather than the vendor, who has taken money from you for something you can't eat..
Bad Apple in Bag
Bad Apple Portrait
The Good Ones
For legal reasons I should add. I did buy a bag of apples today from Tesco. The bag contained one bad apple, the rest were intact. The evidence is pictured above. I didn't buy anything with an expiry date about to occur.
You have one of those days. It's the middle of the week. You're late leaving
the office. You're not in a good mood.You've already decided you just have to
stop and get a bottle of wine. As you know there's nothing in the fridge, you
bundle everything into one stop. Your shopping basket fills with one bottle of
Anubis, a 3 pack of Magnums, 2 pain aux raisons, and for dinner?
There you are in the ready made meal aisle. A picture catches your eye: mmmmmm...... Finest Chilli Beef Noodles. The short, mouth watering trip from Tesco's to home is spent thinking about the chilli beef, mmmmmmm, pouring a glass of wine with "beaded bubbles winking at the brim" like they do in "Ode to a Nightingale".
You're there. You switch the oven on, gas mark 5 you presume ....mmmmmmmmmm. You look at the packaging. You look again. You turn the box of Chilli Noodles around, and over again, not believing the innocuous, camouflaged symbol in the bottom left hand corner which says "microwave only". You don't have one. Having grown up in Ireland in the 70's and 80's you've always retained your suspicion of the microwave, and you've just paid Â£3.69 to be snatched, unceremoniously, from the jaws of your midweek, having a very bad day, escape.