Monday, January 31, 2005

      ( 9:30 AM ) teahouse
Lessons in Hygiene

What I learned this weekend:

If you have a friend visiting from out of town, and he suggests that you meet him and his other friends for dinner, don't go for Ethiopian food.

Ethiopians don't use cutlery. All food is eaten by hand.

Ethiopian food is for sharing on romantic dates. For 2 people together, maybe for 3-4 very close friends. Maybe for family.

There's nothing more unsanitary than eating Ethiopian food with 1 friend and 6 strangers. Some of whom have a habit of licking their hands in between bites. None of whom have washed them before dinner.

It's weird to meet someone, shake their hand and say, "Hi, I'm Fred. I'm George's girlfriend's friend from college" and then you swear you heard them say something like, "I'm Mary. I work in a pet shop."

And then you sit down and put your hands all over a plate of food with that person, and 6 others.

The food was tasty. But euewww..



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