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Strangers on a Plane

May 27, 2011
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It’s probably a bad idea, but recently I have been wearing my FUSSYlittleBLOG baseball hat out in public. I had a fancier one made than the hats for sale at the FUSSYlittleSTORE. This newer hat is white and has the logo embroidered on it in large red letters.

One problem of course is that I’m not really a baseball hat kind of guy. The other one is basic manners. I am very uncomfortable wearing a hat indoors. But I’ll tell you, it was invaluable yesterday when it came to covering my eyes on the plane so I could take a nap in my seat.

Still, I can’t resist a bit of self promotion. So I’m still donning my cap.

On one leg of the flight it was a conversation starter with the flight attendant, who after I explained what the blog was all about, said that she was going to be my new best friend. The fellow at Potbelly wanted to know if I would be writing about him and my breakfast sandwich. I told him probably not.

But I was most excited about the talk I had with the woman to my left on the leg to California.

Sometimes when I write these posts I feel like it’s preaching to the choir. Occasionally there may be a bit of news, or I may dig a bit down deeper into the rabbit hole. But for those most part it seems most of us are fairly like minded.

However this woman did enjoy food. She gardens and gets fresh produce from local farms. When she travels she likes to visit supermarkets in other cities. And she cooks from scratch.

One of her recipes involves heavy cream.

So I laid it on her. I suggested that there was no way for her to know. I explained that most people would never even consider something like checking the ingredients on a carton of cream. I suggested that the very notion of something like cream even having ingredients is ridiculous.

But then I told her how much of the cream being sold these days is adulterated with thickening agents and gums. She didn’t seem pleased with the notion. Nor should she. It’s a sneaky and underhanded thing the dairy industry has done with the permission of the federal government.

Then she told me that her husband really likes Subway.

That’s when I told her that I’m not opposed to fast food per say, but that I have a problem with Subway. She was curious which sandwich I thought was the healthiest. To which I said I wouldn’t eat anything with their meat in it, and that even their bread has more ingredients than you would imagine.

While I don’t think this interaction will change the way she eats, I’m hoping at least it gives her some pause. Perhaps she will come back to the FLB after her vacation and look into these things a bit more. Or maybe not.

But I really got a thrill out of talking to strangers who don’t share my same beliefs. So it looks like the hat stays.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott Bakula permalink
    May 27, 2011 2:01 pm

    There’s a difference between telling a fact to someone that they did not know AND expressing your opinion on something as though it were fact. You don’t know the difference. (See: your statement that there is a right way to BBQ ribs and there’s only one right way.)

    • May 27, 2011 4:07 pm

      Let me make this clear: There is no one right way to BBQ ribs. That said, I still contend that if ribs are falling off the bone, they are over done. Perhaps I’ll need to further expand on this in the days to come, so we can finally put this to bed.

      • Mr. Sunshine permalink
        May 29, 2011 1:19 pm

        Good pork Q should have some tooth resistance and chew. Any pitmaster worth his rub would tell you “falling-off-the-bone” ribs are way overcooked.

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