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the timing of hunger

March 16, 2010

A co-worker somewhere in air-circulating distance of my cubicle just heated some lunch, and it smells delicious (though unidentifiable). Problem: it’s 11:30 in the morning.

I prefer a later lunch myself, maybe 1:30 or 2:00, because if I learned anything working retail, it’s that you want to save your half [-hour break] as long as possible so that the second part of the shift is shorter than the first half. “Morning” at the office kind of all blurs together, the last half hour is spent hungry, and “afternoon” is comparatively brief. But I can understand people eating lunch closer to noon, especially if you don’t get breakfast. That said, 11:30 is awful early.

In a meeting earlier today, the discussion turned to Daylight Savings and problems adjusting eating schedules. That was my first reaction to the savoryness I’m smelling even now, but, if anything, the time change means this meal was prepared at 10:30 Last Week Time, and I don’t recall ever smelling anyone making lunch that early.

The trigger for writing this entry, then, is partially mystery: who is eating this anomalously early and why? But it’s mostly because whatever it is, it smells good, and it’s making me very hungry despite eating a solid eggs-and-bread breakfast this morning. Someone else’s meal is throwing my daily schedule into doubt, and I am concerned.

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