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September 12th, 2008


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12:52 pm - Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Back when I started working here, I had a whole bunch of co-workers who were decade-or-longer veterans of the company. They're gone now. All but one. And she doesn't like to pick up lunch.

I've always had coworkers who were willing to pick up lunch. In a given week, I'd have multiple chances to place an order for food from Cool Beans or Noodles or Panera, and other people would ordering delivery from Glass Nickel, Pizza Hut, Milio's, Chang Jiang or Jimmy John's.

None of this happens anymore.

These days if anybody ever offers to make a food run, it's to Rocky Rococo, which is my least favorite pizza*. I can't really explain that; it's popular enough with everybody else, but there's something about their sauce and their crust which just doesn't work for me. Every once in awhile I fork over a few bucks to relearn that lesson.

Anyway, this required that I shuffle my day around somewhat. I get up earlier which allows me time to pack a lunch, and when I don't bring something, I have to make sure that my lunchtime excursions give me time to stop somewhere. I can't work through as many lunch-hours as I used to.

I'm not sure yet if I'm leaving the building during lunch or not. I'd like to get away from my desk, but I don't need to because I brought some heat-and-serve Indian food which I can nuke when I get hungry. And that's a big plus, because I just got today's "Does anybody want anything while I'm out?" e-mail. Apparently someone's picking up food from McDonald's. This is the first time in more than a year that anyone has offered to get food from somewhere other than Rocky Rococo. Seriously. People are actually kind of excited. They're looking at the menu on McDonald's website and discussing the possibility of an Arby's run next week and everything. People like me who are less excited are making quiet jokes about how this is what happens to people's standards when the corporate world destroys their souls. Ten years ago I'd fantasize about how what I was going to do after my fifteen minutes of fame. After a reality check, it sounds like the best I can hope for is that someone else will fetch my Quarter Pounder. I still have to pay for it, of course, and I won't get my change back.

Far be it from me to disparage McDonald's (because let's face it, the bar for disparaging McDonald's was set unrealistically high before I was born), but honestly, McDonald's? There must be ten equally plebeian fast-food restaurants within closer or equal driving distance with comparable prices and menus where the line of cars doesn't stretch around the building and almost into the street. I could get to Wendy's or Subway or hey, even Denny's and back before she's even through the line.

Uh, that's a moot point, though, because I really like this stuff.



* Actually, the absolute worst pizza ever is served at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Decorah, Iowa, but it's unlikely that I'll get a chance to eat there again.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 12th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Stick that aloo mutter in some dough and call it a samosa. Yum! My coworkers are mostly struggling too hard to pay the bills to eat lunch out, but I usually hit Milios with Michael on Fridays for lunch. It's kind of a pain to leave work any other day of the week because of the long winding road out to my building and the crowdedness of the parking lot. It tacks on an extra fifteen minutes to doing lunch out. I bring my lunch a lot and occasionally buy food in the cafeteria. It's not too bad, but I like getting out of the office sometimes, also.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:September 12th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
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oh that was me.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 13th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
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Ooh... I'm a big fan of samosas. The funny thing about my coworkers eating cheaper, crappier lunches is that I don't think it has anything to do with the economy. I think it's completely due to the fact that everyone with good taste has left the department. And annoyingly, these people are willing to drive as far as Ella's Deli if they're going to eat lunch out... Just if they're picking it up for others, they're only willing to get the cheapest stuff possible.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:September 13th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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I have made samosas at home before, but I really like it better when they're already made and all I have to do is dip them in chutney and eat them.

Whole Foods used to have them all the time in the deli in "mild" and "hot" varieties, so I picked them up now and then when I was in grad school. Then they stopped having them in the deli (or maybe I am there at the wrong times). I haven't really found another convenient take-out source for them, but would be happy to hear of one if anyone has suggestions.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:September 13th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I do know of one place that makes samosas and would have them easily obtainable for takeout-- Curry in the Box in Fitchburg. Hey, it's not that far from my house. I haven't actually tried their samosas, though. Maybe I should.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 13th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
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I hear good things about Curry in the Box, but I've never been. Probably have to stop there soon to try them out. As for samosas, they have really good ones at Mother Fool's Coffee House (or at least, they used to). One of the baristas once told me that the samosas came from the deli at the Willy Street Co-Op. I dunno what you can do with that information, given where you live and work.
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From:laviorli
Date:September 14th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Curry in the Box is good, Caleb and I get food from there pretty often since they're right down the street. Want to come over some night and order food with us?
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:September 12th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
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You should try talking Lindsay into making you bento boxes the night before you work. She can make one for herself too. I've been getting better about having something made for Tick before leaves for work. And the best news is all your co-workers will be jealous that someone cares enough about you to make you lunch.

Though I guess I can't really see Linds making a box lunch for either of you, she should give it a shot. Its artistic and fun. http://ccachu.deviantart.com/art/BENTO-NOMNOMNOM-90501589

Just show her that.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 13th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
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I suggested it, and she told me that she doesn't even have time in the morning to pack her own lunch. Then I told her she should pack her lunch the night before, and she told me I was being stupid.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:September 13th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Packing your lunch the night before is a great idea. I don't understand why thats such a terrible idea for her.

Oh well can't say I didn't try.
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 13th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
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McDonald's is awesome. You don't have to pay to use their toilets.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 13th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Well, I can't argue with that. McDonald's bathrooms have been there for me on every road trip I've ever taken. They're pretty clean and they're always right next to the side entrance, so you can slip in and out without being noticed by the crew.
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From:laviorli
Date:September 13th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
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I like Kohinoor food too, it's a bit on the spicy side for me but yummy.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 13th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
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It is a little spicy, and it's not as cheap as some of the other pre-packaged foods that I could bring for lunch, but I trust it a lot more than most of that stuff. Are there any varieties besides the aloo mutter that you recommend? There's a very spicy mushroom one that I like, and another one (I can't remember what it was called) that I really disliked.
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From:laviorli
Date:September 14th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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I don't remember them by name I just go to the store and read the ingredients, and I get them rarely since I can't handle the spicy too often. I'll pay attention next time though.
From:renny1780
Date:September 15th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
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Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait........the absolute worst pizza you've ever had was at Pizza Ranch in Decorah?! I lived by eating from there in college...the exact same one! If it were Mabe's Pizza, I would have agreed....




Then again, the majority of the time I ate Pizza Ranch, I was drunk.......
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From:theenigma42
Date:September 15th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
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I don't really like Rocky's either. I find there sauce gives me heartburn, which almost nothing does anymore. Also, like most restaurants these days, they jumped on the fast-food lunch bandwagon. The problem being that their food tends to have the consistency and flavor of pizza reheated with a microwave two days after you've bought it when it sits. It becomes soggy and flavorless if it sits under their heating lamps for more than ten minutes or so. Oh well. I know it's possible for that not to happen as Little Caesars keeps there "Hot-and-Ready-Man" pizzas around, and for $5 bucks for a large, there really is no down side. It's not the best, but it's better than most alternatives. Anyway, enough about my fixation with cheap retail cooked pizza.
-KEiTH
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