Recently, I was talking to an annoying perky slim person. It was four in the afternoon. Here’s what she said:
“I’m really hungry because I forgot to have lunch today.”
Eh, what? Are you kidding me? Is this person human? Who forgets to have lunch?
No, really. Have you ever worked in an office? It goes something like this:
Any sane person I know who works for a living starts clock-watching at 11:30, at the latest. Only half an hour…only twenty minutes…I’ll go to the bathroom. Talk to Rachel in accounting. Is it noon yet? WILL THAT CLOCK EVER MOVE?
Things aren’t much different if you are an author writing from home. It is currently 11:06 am. I have decided to write this humour column to distract myself from the lure of the last-night leftovers. Because I know from experience that if I eat lunch at 11, then dinner somehow gets downed by 3:30. And even the Hobbits don’t indulge in second dinner.
To set the record straight, I have never missed a meal in my life. Okay, I’ve been toilet-bowl-sick and passed on solid food, but only because I knew it wouldn’t stay down in its current form. I didn’t *forget* to eat.
The 3 o-clock meeting has some of the same attributes. I’m willing to bet that the annoyingly slim person above hasn’t even thought about the fact that the main virtue of morning or afternoon meetings is the plate of muffins in the table center. Lose your muffins, lose your allies. And wait for the grumbling. Not just stomachs.
Speaking of stomachs, more annoyingly slim person dialogue I have been witness to:
“Ooh. I ate a whole egg. I bet you can see the bulge in my stomach now.”
“I’m starving. Do you feel like soup? I could really down a whole cup of fat-free chicken broth with nothing in it. Yum.”
“Salad. Let’s have a salad. We can use lemon juice instead of salad dressing, if you’re worried about the calories.” <eyes drop to my waist>
Okay, the clock is getting closer to 12:00, so I'll wrap this up quickly by circling back to the post title:
What kind of planet are these people from, who forget to eat?
My take on people who forget to eat is that they are probably from some place like Mars or Jupiter where they don’t have carbs growing conveniently out of the ground. Which makes them aliens.
I always knew slim people were aliens.
Final joke I sold to a standup comedian back in the day:
“I had the flu once. It was awful. I couldn’t eat a thing for three hours.”