The first couple days of (I don’t practice but I’m practicing) Lent have made me realize that I no longer know what to do during dinner if I’m not with friends or watching TV. I don’t get the newspaper so that’s not an option. I guess I could fiddle around on my iPad, but I don’t want to get the screen dirty. Using a fork and keeping a book open at the same time seems difficult. Should I just stare at the wall? Talk to myself? Stop eating?
I just decided to give up watching TV alone for Lent. I’ve never observed Lent or even really cared, but I have a metric shit-ton of work to do between now and late April. Tons of experimental work in lab, a review article to write, a poster to prepare, a committee meeting, a public seminar to give, and then all of my extra-curricular obligations. It’s not going to be a fun two months people. And since I’m not good at discipline unless I set firm rules, I thought taking advantage of Lent would be a nice way to force myself not to procrastinate quite as much. So, bye-bye Hulu. I’ve already committed to watching the Top Chef finale with friends sometime next week, so I’m going with watching TV alone as the thing to give up.
But now I have to find a friend who watches Community too. Because I so want to see the new episode March 15th, and I’m still 7 episodes behind.
Chipotle’s growth since its 2006 IPO should be seen as a great American success story. There’s nothing new about fast food, of course. But it’s not as if Steve Jobs invented the cellphone.
In many ways, the Chipotle burrito is very similar to the iPhone. Founder Steve Ells invented a way to maintain the basic speed and experience of the standard fast-food experience and make the quality of the food a little better.* The better food costs a bit more money, but consumers turn out to be happy to pay a premium for a superior product.” —Chipotle is Apple, Slate Magazine