Yesterday saw two events worth writing about so it's a 2 for 1 deal on today's blog!
First off, for lunch yesterday, I went to Huddle House. This within itself is very relevant because I never saw myself going to a Huddle House. I have always been more of a Waffle House kind of guy and I have a friend who has a Xbox Gamertag of Waffle House who has said that one must claim allegiance to one or the other. Seeing that there were no Waffle Houses within walking distance of the hotel I still maintain that I broke no allegiance.
Anyway, restaurant allegiances aside, I walked in with an odd inkling; I wanted to try something new. This happens very rarely and as of late only seems to happen when I am away from home. Why is this? The answer would probably be too long for this post, but perhaps in the future I will write about it more.
So I went in wanting something new, but what to get? On top of this would I order breakfast or lunch? In my presentations I joke that I laugh at people who go into a place and not know what they are going to get, but for once I was on that side of the fence.
Because I didn't know what I was going to get I didn't know what I was going to drink. You see, if I got something breakfasty I'd have milk, and if I got something lunchy I'd get a soda. The waitresses were getting annoyed because I got asked, "Has someone got you a drink yet?" at least a dozen times and each time I mumbled something along the lines of the fact that I needed more time. They did not like this.
Eventually I settled for a Philly cheese steak sandwich. This is something I would almost never consider because it had green peppers and onions in it. For some reason though my usual loathing of this type of food wasn't there. Was it good? I don't know; I did eat it all though and didn't dislike it.
Walking out of Huddle House I felt proud of myself. It isn't very often I try something new, and while this may seem like an irrelevant event in a person's life, for me it was a major event. I try something new maybe once every nine months, and in the past month I have tried Mexican and now a Philly cheese steak sandwich.
One quick note on my deciding to try something new. On all occasions in recent memory I have tried something new when I wanted to. It has been up to me to try something new and as a child anytime I was simply forced into something new I disliked it before I tried it, if I tried it at all. I can remember eating just a few things as a child and when forced to try something I did not and yet, when my parents ate something and I could see it, and smell it, I grew curious. When I was ready I would ask, very silently as if asking for something new was conceding a defeat in a way, for a taste.
Aaron vs. The Light
Last evening I had my presentation and as soon as I walked into the room where the presentation was I saw a problem. This problem is something I have battled for many times and often times fixing the problem is much like flipping a light switch, well, that is actually the cure to this problem as the problem was a flickering fluorescent light.
I thought I would just ignore it so I set up my laptop and projector and got my PowerPoint up on the screen, but the light continued to flicker down rays of agony. It was still 30 minutes until the start so I thought I could power through it, much like I did with my headache yesterday.
As much as I tried powering through was getting me nowhere. All my attention was in tune with the disharmony of that light. Others were talking in the room and I was just transfixed on the light. I tried to look away, but I could still see the light on the ground and it was like an elaborate light show gone wrong with no order and pure chaos.