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  • nocturnalgroaner 11:26 am on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    75: Food Paranoia 

    I feel like I will inevitably become a vegetarian. I don’t really have any moral qualms with eating dead animal flesh, because from the shape of our teeth and what not, humans are suppose to eat meat (and, y’know it tastes really good too).  I’ve always thought that vegetarians that used the nonviolence toward animals reasoning for being vegetarian were just overly sensitive; people that  claimed some higher morality.

    I think most people (I’m talking about the white people, from Stuff White People Like) that are vegetarians are just because its trendy or acquires a certain status (kinda like eating hummus!). I thought  reasons for being a vegetarian like because of religious beliefs, simply not liking the taste of meat, or being more healthful were much more legitimate. Any reason for being a vegetarian is fine because it’s just a choice; I don’t eat octopus because I get grossed out thinking about those animals, but the self-righteous vegetarians who make you feel bad for eating meat, which I HATE, are often the animal-cruelty type of vegetarians…

    The reason that I think I ‘ll eventually become a vegetarian is just because the agriculture and food processing industry is just out of control. The raising of livestock is so intensive and has gotten so large-scale that the environmental implications are seriously significant. Just think of all the components needed to raise livestock: land for grazing, land to grow feed, the amount of time from birth to slaughter….In essence, people eat much more meat than is needed simply because it is available. A meal is suppose to have meat as a component not the main feature.

    But it’s not only meat…Corn and Soybeans can’t be trusted either.

    I haven’t really done a good job of explaining this…there’s so much information about it though, like the movie “Food Inc” or so many books…and this:

    I’m not even that much of environmental nut…But I ate a sandwich today: bread and oscar mayer processed ham, and all think of was: this was bought at some huge chain grocery store, was probably transported from halfway across the country from the manufacturing plant where it could have possibly been contaminated by who knows what, in that plant are workers that are getting such a small percentage of whatever was paid for that damn 7 oz package (most of it is probably going to Oscar-Mayer’s great grandson or whoever and that at least regional grocery store)…The pig was probably slaughtered by some machine in ten seconds along with dozens of others…That doesn’t matter as much since, the pig had a horrible life anyway, in some indoor facility with hundreds of other pigs which contributes to huge amount of methane that will eventually destroy the earth (it was also just a sad sandwich, that didn’t taste very good either)……

    Am I going crazy or what? Sorry, for the ranting, at one time this was somewhat coherent….

    I think that eating adequate amounts of venison and walleye (have to be careful of mercury though) hunted and caught nearby is probably a much more responsible way to eat meat….Vegetarianism isn’t really the right answer. I ultimately just need to learn more about where the food I’m eating is coming from. And, it will come to this: actually cooking my own meals. Just so that I’m healthier, more economical, and supporting what I think is ethical….It’s just so HARD! I’d almost rather live in ignorance than have to be responsible to do what’s right. Maybe I just need to pick battles…It’ll happen, I’m just not ready to give up Cheeseburgers yet.

    • T 12:59 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just wait until you meet the elitist vegans. I have a coworker here at work. He is vegan. Looks condescendingly at the rest of us for our eating habits. Continually complains the cafeteria doesn’t cater to “my people”. Complains if you eat anything not vegan in any proximity to where he is at….
      Arrogant ass- that is the term I have for those people.

  • Dee 6:12 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    74: No Seriously, I Need a New Job 

    First, I want to ask a question. How long after an interview should I wait before assuming they’re not calling me back??

    My job is driving me crazy! Between the annoying customers and impossible coworkers, not to mention the fact that I am often late due to reasons beyond my control – I feel I have good reasoning to want out. But just in case that’s not enough, here’s a few more reasons:

    1) Did I ever mention that some days I don’t get a break all day? It’s bad enough that on our incredibly slow days the most we get is a 45 minute lunch break, but on our busy days – I don’t get a break at all! And they wonder why I’m moving so slow and screwing up at the end of the day. Uh, maybe because I haven’t had any form of nourishment or a chance to give my mind a rest in about seven hours.

    2) Then there was the time they told me I was in charge of planning the work outing. I put a lot of time and effort into planning a trivia night at the local bar. I made a flyer, I made reservations, I made sure everyone knew about it, and I was told the outing was going to be mandatory. Is that why less than half of the staff showed up (even if you include me in those numbers)?

    3) I don’t know what I was expecting when they don’t even participate in their own “mandatory” events. Like our “mandatory” Thanksgiving Pot Luck event.  We were informed that we were required to bring in something for this pot luck the day before it was supposed to take place – though it was never disclosed as to what the consequences would be if we didn’t bring anything in. I foolishly assumed there would be some form of punishment and therefore went out of my way to buy brownie mix and all the ingredients. I also had to stay up late to finish baking them. When I show up the next day, imagine how shocked I was to discover that I was the only person who brought anything! I think the most annoying part was that I was promised pot luck lunch – therefore I didn’t pack anything. I had already spent more than enough money the night before, and I really didn’t want to nor did I think it was fair for me to have to buy a lunch that day. But what could I do? Bitch and moan and get nowhere like usual? That routine is starting to get old…

    • Jules ♂ ♪ 10:23 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1) Every employer I have ever worked for forces you to take at least a 30 min break after 4-5 hours of work. If they give you a hard time about taking a break send them to the Code of Federal Regulations Title 29 CFR 785.19 “Bona fide meal periods. Bona fide meal periods are not work time. Bona fide meal periods do not include coffee breaks or time for snacks. These are rest periods. The employee must be completely relieved from duty for the purposes of eating regular meals. Ordinarily 30 minutes or more is long enough for a bona fide meal period.”

      2) That sounds pretty typical. A lot of time people don’t want to spend more time than necessary at work and that includes people they work around. I know my company has the same problem when getting people together after work hours. I think this is the case because either people are too busy or people are too lazy.

      3) Wow, you must have some pretty lazy co-workers. We have events like this at least 3-4 times a year. They are normally not mandatory, but everyone tends to contribute. Actually we stop doing potluck because there was typically way too much food. Now they typically just organize the food that is brought in.

      I could probably blame all of this on a bad manager. It’s amazing the difference that having a good and bad manager make to the work environment. Having seen both in a relatively short time span, the bad on e did not last long, I can say a good manger takes care of their employees and in turn the employees are much happier and productive.

      Probably a week after an interview is normal, but I have heard back from people 3 weeks after an interview. However if it takes them 3 weeks to get back to you it might want to be a job you pass up, because it probably means there is something not quite right about the company/ position. But that’s just my opinion.

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