Eating out.  

RaytownRick 61M
91 posts
4/28/2006 11:09 am

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Eating out.


I'm moving in about two weeks. I chose this apartment before I got my newest assignment, and it is just too far from where my assignment is. So I'm moving out on the fifteenth. That brings a whole new set of problems to me. I need to eat all the food in my apartment, so I don't have to move any. But you never run out of everything at the right time. If I eat all the bacon, I'll still have some eggs left over. If I eat all the A-1, I still have one steak left in the freezer. You know, in the major events of the world, this isn't a big deal--but for me, it means better planning--and that is a big deal.
I'm pretty easy to get along with. I can "go with the flow" as easy as anyone. So this has developed in my character a lack of planning. I don't plan much--I just let things happen. But today, as I was staring at a bottle of Salsa, and realizing I had no chips left, I realized that sometimes there just needs to be order in the universe! I'm planning my last two weeks of meals in this place, so I'll have not one ounce of butter, not one extra ounce of whipped cream, and every last strawberry, egg, and drop of peanut butter will be completely consumed. It isn't worth moving, and I'm too cheap to throw anything out. I may subsist on stale saltine crackers--but I'll subsist!

saddletrampsk 54F

4/28/2006 11:36 am

give your leftover food to the homeless..sheesh


MysteryDreamer 57F

4/28/2006 11:45 am

strawberries and whipped cream? What have you been doing? lol. Well, I personally would throw the stuff away or offer it to a neighbor, seeing that you move often you probably dont know anyone well enough to do that. If I buy something new and no one likes it, I just throw it away instead of letting it clutter up the cupboards. So, yes, I am wasteful in that way. Good luck on your move hon.


RaytownRick 61M

4/28/2006 11:48 am

    Quoting saddletrampsk:
    give your leftover food to the homeless..sheesh
Yeah--there's the answer! I'll go throughout this town of 5,000 people, and search for a homeless guy to give him half a jar of olives.
When I was little, my mom must have told me that there were starving children in India, and if I did't eat all my lima beans, it would be like taking food off their plate. Perhaps, I should take all my leftovers, put them in a box, and mail them to "poor people, general delivery, Dafar, India." They'd love the microwaveable minute rice!


MysteryDreamer 57F

4/28/2006 11:55 am

I wanted to add and agree with saddletramp, but with me, we already open something, and when I open something of course I wouldnt give it away. If there is anything that I buy and it sits in my cupboard upopened, then when the schools have food drives, I donate it to them. Its just a thought for you.


RaytownRick 61M

4/28/2006 12:03 pm

    Quoting MysteryDreamer:
    strawberries and whipped cream? What have you been doing? lol. Well, I personally would throw the stuff away or offer it to a neighbor, seeing that you move often you probably dont know anyone well enough to do that. If I buy something new and no one likes it, I just throw it away instead of letting it clutter up the cupboards. So, yes, I am wasteful in that way. Good luck on your move hon.
The total monthly amount I spend on food is about $50.00. It isn't like it's a financial ruin for me to throw it out, nor is it a drastic loss to the American economy. I have nothing so valuable that it isn't replaceable--but it is the principle of wasting the resources one has.
I do have strawberries, cream, whipped cream, eggs, Hawaiian Punch, one and a half onions, an entire pecan pie, two tubs of sour cream, a can of manwich, half a jar of peanut butter, one-quarter of a box of saltines, some mayonaise, tomato pico, butter, and 2 fuji apples.
I've also got a week to eat it all. I'll make it.
But the purpose of the post was to say that I'm learning--better--how to plan. It's the planning that men typically do poorly, and women seem to inately be tremendous at. Women plan their days, their meals, their schedules. Men just show up, and see what happens.
This same phenomenom occurs when you hand a man the remote control; he keeps changing channels, until he finds something interesting. Women plan on watching something interesting, and turn on the TV at the appropriate time.
But, I'm learning the value of a plan. If I don't, I'll either go hungry, or have left over food--and that was the meaning of today's blog!
By the way--I'll save some strawberries and whipped cream if it would help my chance of exploits!


rm_shaveclean2 56M/42F
691 posts
4/28/2006 12:22 pm

OKAY right now I'm LMAO cause I didn't know people STILL actually eat Manwich???

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RaytownRick 61M

4/28/2006 12:26 pm

I've never been hungry a day of my life. I've never wanted for anything! It is apparent that throwing food out is a hot-button issue with several bloggers. I hurt that anyone in this nation has ever had to be hungry. There are food banks, and assistance, and charities who could use every ounce of something someone else may have. In the town I live in, we have a housing authority that will put up anyone who asks. We have churches, and civic organizations, and just kind people who would voluntarily feed anyone who asks. I don't mean to be flippant, but in this nation, we can all succeed if we try. In our first 12-15 years, we live as a consequence of the actions of others. From 12-25, we begin to see that our actions have consequences, and that they affect not only ourselves, but others. But by the time we are 25, it doesn't matter what our background was, or how difficult our upbringing had been--we're adult enough to make our own decisions, and live by them. My parents never had extra money. If we were poor, I didn't know it. As a teen, I learned that time would make me responsible for my own actions. No one paid for my college education--I had to work for it. No one (directly) paid for anything for my family, except me. I guess I don't understand how any adult can choose poverty. Some, apparently do. I don't.
I'll plan my meals so there is no waste. I'll succeed because I will plan better to not fail. I've learned from my experiences this week, and this day.


RaytownRick 61M

4/28/2006 12:28 pm

    Quoting rm_shaveclean2:
    OKAY right now I'm LMAO cause I didn't know people STILL actually eat Manwich???

    g
Apparently I don't eat it--but I bought it! Manwich makes a meal (except I ran out of bread, and won't buy more in the next two weeks.) So one of these days, I'll cook up a pot of manwich, grab a spoon, and eat it. Yep, the world is a funny place.


RaytownRick 61M

4/28/2006 7:36 pm

    Quoting rm_OhBaby199:
    I can totally deal with the idea that everyone is responsible for their own well-being, especially in a country where we have SO MUCH. I think there is more to it than that, but that's another argument for another day.

    We are talking about FOOD here. Your post makes it sound like you would rather see it go into a landfill than to see someone 'lazy' eat it. Don't donate money to the shelter if you don't believe in it, but I think it's shitty, arrogant, and wasteful to toss it out of spite for those who didn't EARN your half jar of olives.

    **yes I saw that you are going to plan meals so that there is no waste.
I know Baby199, and I'm not arguing with you. There are hungry people--and I certainly don't feel like it is my place to argue with why they are hungry. When someone is hungry, it is my desire to feed them, not preach to them, pity them, or judget them. Feed the m first. I wish all those that are hungry well, and help as I can. But we live in a land of plenty. We pay farmers to NOT grow crops, just to keep the price up. This is a rich land--luxiouriously so. I'm overweight--I'm ludicrously well fed. Is there enough food for everyone--yep. There are distribution issues, and corruption, and wars, and famines, diseases, plagues, theft, pestilence and a hundred other things that keep everyone from eating well. I can't cure any of those problems--but I can feed the guy that I see that is hungry. I just don't see many, because I live in America. I lived in Poland soon after it found democracy, and I saw a well-dressed man in a suit eating out of a garbage can. I lived in the Philippines for quite some time, and saw hungry people. I've been on four continents and I'm convinced that many people do not have the option of deciding whether they'll eat manwich, cheese, or worms. For some, they won't eat at all. I do not spite those less fortunate than I. I'm eager to help. That said, I doubt I'll find an efficient way of curing hunger in my lifetime. Instead, I'll continue living in a land of luxury, because it makes me happy.


MaggiesWishes 59F

4/29/2006 10:04 pm

Somehow, I think your point got lost, really lost.
I'll give you "E" for effort, for trying to explain your way out of it, too.

warm wishes on your future ventures


sideline1968 48F

4/29/2006 10:44 pm

Okay now that my internet is back and running as should be

You're moving!!!

Where? How am I supposed to meet you if you aren't going to be in Tyler anymore?

I'm back dear .... more later ....


RaytownRick 61M

4/30/2006 4:25 am

    Quoting rm_OhBaby199:
    OK my last post came out bitchier than I meant it. That sometimes happens. Sorry. I too will continue living in the land of plenty, but I have been much closer to living in a dumpster in my life than I would like to have been. Back then I didn't know about all the services available. No one ever told me. It was just work as much as I could, and hope it was enough. My life is very different now, but I remember thsoe days intensely. I wasn't suggesting that you cure hunger, but a small gesture makes a big difference to someone in desperate need.
Thank you Baby, and I agree. Times change, people change, and we can all work to making the world a little better. And don't even think about your attitude in responding--this is a blog, and you are SUPPOSED to let your feelings come out in it. I'm open to the idea that your day may be different than mine: that's why I write. I hope that my emotions show--be they mean, happy, frustrated, bored, wrong, true, horrible, or anything else. They are my feelings of the moment; they are your feelings of the moment. We have to live with one another--and this allows us to communicate better.


RaytownRick 61M

4/30/2006 4:28 am

    Quoting sideline1968:
    Okay now that my internet is back and running as should be

    You're moving!!!

    Where? How am I supposed to meet you if you aren't going to be in Tyler anymore?

    I'm back dear .... more later ....
Sideline, I'm moving from my apartment in Madisonville to a hotel in Jacksonville. I spend four or five nights a week in the hotel anyway, and I'm keeping an apartment in Madisonville. Somehow that seems silly. So, for a few months (until I find an apartment somewhere between Rusk and Tyler) I'll live in a hotel.


RaytownRick 61M

4/30/2006 4:40 am

    Quoting MaggiesWishes:
    Somehow, I think your point got lost, really lost.
    I'll give you "E" for effort, for trying to explain your way out of it, too.

    warm wishes on your future ventures
I've posted on here for a little over a month. Nothing I've said has any value (as I suppose) but I enjoyed writing. I am completely convinced that my point was completely lost--partially because I really didn't have a point! I just had a comment.
But I learned, as usual, that some things I think, or do, or say, or write do hit an emotional thread in others. That's okay, even if the consequences were unintended.
Of all my posts, this one--on a day I had nothing at all to say, and no point to make--generated the most comments.
I think that has more to do with the fact that others had something to say. If I wanted to just read my comments, I could write in a journal. But I write on a blog so that I can see the comments others make. It worked!
Surprisingly, others have different things they think about than I do--and that too is good.
What pleases me most is that with all the "lost" discussion--you, Maggie, didn't lose the original thread. (My guess is that other readers didn't either, and that those who commented, commented on something they felt was valuable--even if it was that someone still buys Manwich!)


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