Archive for April 2011
I’m not a vegetarian. I’ve never been, and I don’t see myself giving up meat in the near future. But, unlike your average carnivore, I only eat meat or (more commonly) fish once or so a week. I’m not a big fan of large lumps of meat, I don’t like the texture (plus, it’s a lot of effort, all that chewing). Another part of it is the impact of meat versus vegetables on the environment, perhaps not in terms of CO2 emitted (given the amount of flying I do, that would be hypocritical), but certainly it helps a bit in terms of the amount of overall land required.
Unfortunately, restaurants, hotels and airlines take “regular” to mean “shall include heaps of meat”. So every meal ends up basically being built around a large part of undercooked beef or something equally tasteless. With two weeks of travel this often means meat for lunch and dinner at least on the days when there is catering.
A fellow frequent flyer recommended the vegetarian meals, as he found they were often better quality and delivered before the “regular” meals. For the last year or so I have been trying it out and, while it haven’t really noticed the food being of better quality, it does mean I get to eat less tasteless airplane chicken (versus tasteless vegetables). Recently I’ve also started putting myself down as vegetarian for other things (organized conference dinners, work sprints, etc) and that has been working out pretty well. If I really crave meat I can always eat it during one of the nights that the food is not pre-organized.
One of the most appalling things about current day news broadcasting are the “man on the street interviews” and, more recently, the social media blurbs and email sent in by viewers. Sometimes it can be useful to provide some context by showing what the general public thinks about an issue. But picking between 3 and 10 people off the street in a busy shopping mall and asking them for their opinion is in no way representative, and so I don’t fucking care what they think.
This Mitchell and Webb sketch captures it all brilliantly:
The bright and sunny weather is with us early this year, much to my delight.
I’ve caught the travel bug again and am looking forward to being away for most of May and will hopefully spending large fractions of the other summer months abroad as well.
The trip will take me across Europe, along some of the places I have already been before (hello London, Dublin!), as well as some places I have not been before.
It doesn’t compare to some of the crazy and amazing things other people are doing, such as trekking across Congo. That trip is probably too extreme for me (selling your stuff and travelling across a corrupt, war-torn, country with no backup). But maybe, one of these days, I will go for something a bit more adventurous …