November 14th, 2007

krazy koati

We wouldn't have to eat Kraft dinner

With the Broadway show cancelled Saturday that did mean my mother and I came home without having had dinner. I don't know what the original plan had been; we'd gotten there at about lunchtime and ate at a restaurant somewhere near the theater and I managed to order off the correct menu in only two tries. (It wasn't clear to me the paper inside the menu listing brunch items meant that the ordinary brunch page was superseded. I might be more alert to such subtleties if I ate more regularly at restaurants that didn't ask if that was for here or to go.) I guess we would have eaten after the show, although I didn't know when it was starting or ending since I trusted that my mother had the tickets.

What we did do was stop at a supermarket on the way home and go to the Asian buffet bar to get containers of food. I'm a fine one for buffet dining, although somehow I'd never bothered to go to a supermarket buffet. I'd like to say this lead to a serious of odd, slightly awkward moments highlighting my ability to parse ordinary information into meaninglessness, but it didn't happen. I apologize for the inconvenience and am investigating how I had a perfectly ordinary encounter with some product of modern civilization. The most that happened was my mother asked to get her a spring roll.

There was an unexpected treat: Singapore noodles. My mother asked if there really were such things, and yes, there are. Or at least I did have noodles very much like this when I did live in Singapore. I didn't have them often, since the noodles are very fine things and I was usually interested in more substantial meals, but these definitely had the taste of many of the seminar buffets I'd attended over there. (I'm reminded of how I briefly panicked blither by mentioning that I had bee hoon, and wasn't sure what part of the bee was the hoon.) I imagine that familiar old taste is part of why I've been in this homesick funk all week, but I suppose next time I'm hungry and near that supermarket I'll be back.

Trivia: Apollo 12 Launch Mission Rule 1-404 stated, ``The vehicle will not be launched when its flight path will carry it through a cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) cloud formation''. As the Saturn V did not fly through cumulonimbus clouds and the lightning bolts which stunned the system's electronics were self-induced it was judged that this rule was not violated. Source: Apollo By The Numbers: A Statistical Reference, Richard W Orloff. NASA SP-2000-4029.

Currently Reading: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya, Caroline Elkins.