Growing up with lunch

If growing up, you always bought the hot lunch at school…the cafeteria or the carts…do you always go out to lunch now that you’re at work?

Or if your parents made you lunch, you made your own lunch, or your mom bought lunch to school right before lunchtime hot and fresh out of the oven (that’s my mom!), do you bring lunch to work?

Does the environment determine whether you’re going to bring lunch to work or whether you go out to lunch at work?

Unlucky or simply a bad day?

You know you’re not having the greatest day when:

  • Your router crashes again for the third time in the last 2 days
  • You leave your cellphone in your parents’ car and they live only 30 miles away…but since you live in the bay area it will take more than hour just to get there
  • You spend 30 minutes finding parking and when you finally find a space, you just somehow lost your ability to parallel park and on this busy street, there’s a lot of people watching
  • You get on the wrong freeway and then you take the next exit. Then somehow you decided to take a right instead a left which would have gotten you back on the freeway in the opposite direction, but now you’re going north and there’s no u-turn for awhile and you decide to make another right, but somehow you lose all your sense of north, west, east, and south and somehow become lost and end up following a dirty pickup truck in the middle of south san francisco but omg it looks like the rural shanty town omg omg where am i?!
  • You find the only space in the Costco parking lot and it turns out it’s reserved for electric vehicles only
  • Usually you’re able to get away with using a friend’s costco card, but you ran out of cash so now with credit card and they check the names…and start yelling at you inciting angry looks from customers in line who are waiting in 15 minute+ lines
  • A super-expensive dinner you just had is not resting well in your stomach, but how are you going to ask for your money back now???
  • But all is ok because despite it all, I was able to get a Zanze’s Cheesecake. And it was not closed!

    We match, I wanted to say.

    It was a lonely Friday afternoon. With no lunch packed, I was ready to go out to lunch with coworkers. Unfortunately most of them were busy with their projects and were just going to pick up a sandwich.

    I missed the lunch crowd, so I went around 12:55 pm, jumping on the elevator as it passed our floor.

    With my leather jacket. A wallet in one pocket and my cellphone in the other. I wandered west looking for a quick sit-down restaurant. If I was to have lunch served to me, I wanted to be treated…semi-well.

    I found an Indian place, but the entrees were $10+. Not something I could enjoy in less than one hour. Eventually I ended up at Siam Noodle in Parc 55 hotel.

    I put one finger up as I walked in. One, please. The lady server gestured to the bar and I made my way there sitting in the middle, one seat as a buffer to the next party.

    I was scanning the menu when another girl sat next to me. She too wore a black leather jacket. Asian. Straight dark hair as long as mine. Hers was slightly highlighted and only noticeable from a certain angle. Somewhat petite like me. She was eating lunch by herself. The same kind of “trendy” casual that I wore to work every day. The server came to me and I said “the beef stew noodle soup with flat rice noodle”. She asked for my drinks and I said “water, please”. She picked up my menu and went to give a menu to the girl. The girl motioned the menu away asking for a number on the menu.

    As we waited, I started playing with my cellphone. Checking and reading old txt msgs. Checking my email. I snuck a peek at the girl next to me. She too was immersed in her cellphone even though she had brought a book.

    A mere moment later, the server came back with our orders. She placed a noodle soup in front of me and too placed a soup in front of the girl. We began eating. After 5 minutes or so, like with all hot soups, my nose started lightly running and I sniffled. I thought about the day ahead and the incoming weekend. Then I peered to my left again. She too was sniffling, dabbing her nose with the paper napkin…and stared straight ahead.

    Then a few moments later, the server came back with my water…and the girl’s water, apologizing profusely for the wait for our drinks. We both took silent sips and continued eating. Almost in synchronization.

    Later when I told Chris this, he stopped me before I finished the story.

    He exclaimed, “Please tell me that you talked to her!!!!!!!!”

    Uh well, I didn’t. I paid my bill and walked out. Mostly because I didn’t know what to say. We match, I wanted to say, but would it have led to an awkward moment or a shake of hands exchanging our names…and wow, you’re so cool?

    Parking in San Francisco Part II

    In any urban city whenever you park outside (which is typical in San Francisco), there’s always a part of you that’s worrying whether your car is ok. Or if you left something in the car that may compell someone to break in. Even in the suburbs, I am reluctant to leave anything in view anymore.

    Especially if it’s a rather new car (within the last 5 years). And even more if it’s a car that has expensive parts to replace any damaged pieces.

    It’s a strange feeling to have when that feeling is absent when your car is parked in suburban areas even if it’s out in the open on the street.

    But to some, having the freedom of control is better than none at all.