Left a good job in the city. Workin’ for the Man every night and day. But I never lost a minute of sleepin,’ worryin’ ‘bout the way things might have been.

  1. asuperfluousman said: You’re the best. People are weirdly elitist about Chipotle, tea, and coffee. I’ve had people lecture me because they found out I’m apathetic toward Chipotle. It’s fascinating.

I think it’s a suburbanite thing. People in suburbia are oddly authoritative about very common, standardized things.  I’ve encountered the same mentality in regards to other frequently used food chains, large banks, boat shoes and a lot of other weird and sometimes boring things that they assume matters to everyone everywhere else. It’s really strange. 

One time this girl from Maryland asked me if we had T.G.I. Fridays in my hometown and she prefaced it by saying that it would be the worst thing if we didn’t. I was confused. It’s Fridays. You were worried I’d miss out on the striped suspenders? The appetizers? The wheelbarrow bolted to the wall? 

Lately I’ve seen a bunch of Buzzfeed-esque articles cropping up about the proper handling and ordering of items at Chipotle.  I’m frequently subjected to Buzzfeed and any derivative thereof, because it’s usually pretty difficult to tell an avid fan that you find it to be a complete waste. Even if you tactfully explain your views on the time suck of things like Buzzfeed, they still keep sending you the links. It’s like that one friend that sends you YouTube videos anytime you’re online.  They just assume you want to sit through long things that you don’t really want to look at.  Eventually you just give in. Or pretend to be really careless and non-responsive. Sometimes you actually go on hiatus. 

Anyway, onto Chipotle commentary.  There are a lot of articles and GIF list sort of postings that lay out grievances issued by Chipotle experts ranging from improper burrito handling to complaints about people who don’t know how to order items.  I’m more concerned with the latter - some explanations of poor food handling skills can be fair or humorous and they often transcend that chain alone.

If someone were to complain about the proper order sequence at a Subway chain restaurant, no one would bloody care.  No one is going is going make a highly popular, list article about the time that someone ordered an Italian sub without salami or asked to put the lettuce on first. Why? It’s inane. It’s literally someone taking a pre-washed, pre-cut item out of a cooling or heating tray and plopping it into a disposal bowl or on some bread medium. 

It’s also funny because a lot of Chipotle commentary speaks to a misinformed sense of consciousness; be it terms of nutrition, socio-economics, recycling and so on.  People miss the fact that they are talking about fast food items. No one is going to give you a slap on the back for ordering a McChicken with great efficiency.  They really don’t care if you walk into Popeye’s with an idea of the sides you’re going to order. It’s 3:00 PM in suburbia, you shuffle into Chipotle with your TOMS and know what barbacoa is.  You are a regular Renaissance person.

Don’t get me wrong - everyone goes for fast food at least once in a blue moon. Everyone gets annoyed by the twenty-odd incompetent people standing before them in line at the end of an unnecessarily long day at work. However, it’s really weird how people almost come off with this insider tone about a widely popular fast food chain. It’s a widely popular fast food chain. 

Shit.

beatpie:

Poster by Henri Matisse (1869-1954), 1953, ‘The Sculpture of Matisse’, Exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London

beatpie:

Poster by Henri Matisse (1869-1954), 1953, ‘The Sculpture of Matisse’, Exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London

yourfavarab:

Heritage and Acquaintance' exhibition by Tunisian artist, Abdallah Akar, at the Sharjah Art Museum

haaretz:

At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.

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I think that Sonia Kashuk makes the prettiest drugstore lipstick.

I do think that investing in fewer lipsticks, but occasionally breaking down for some better quality ones makes for better value and less cost at the end of the day, however, Sonia Kashuk makes decent quality lipstick and they come in nice colors.

Also, while it may not be the intent, the limited color palette oddly hosts an appreciable number of shades that work great for olive to dark skin tones.

dynamicafrica:

“The Courtesy of a Saint,” 2012 (oil on canvas) by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

dynamicafrica:

“The Courtesy of a Saint,” 2012 (oil on canvas) by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

All of the stressors that seem to exist in my life have always seemed to converge in the month of April.

It doesn’t matter where in life I have been, what I’m doing or how things were in the preceding months. It never fails. 

It’s as if tasks explode into bloom alongside the flowers. Decisions are made, things are lost, plans are set in motion. April is always like that.