Here are some random thoughts and observations from Rochester. I have at least 20 serious topics I want to write about, but I’m finding it hard to focus here, so for now I’ll just go with the flow and share things with you as they come along.
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I thought my jet lag would be gone by now, but nope, still in full force. I usually wake up between 3 and 5 am, and sleep at 9 pm at the latest.
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People are really friendly around here. Americans are really friendly in general, but here in the Mid West, they’re especially nice. Very warm-natured.
But I’ve been getting one or two strange questions.
From a waitress in the hotel restaurant after paying the bill: “Did you want some change for that?” Hm, what? Why wouldn’t I want change? Oh, your tip! “Yes, I’d like some change please.” I’d like to decide how much I tip you.
From the Starbucks lady after ordering some food: “Did you want a fork with that?” No I’ll just eat it right off the plate like my nephew’s dog.
From the guy at the at the Japanese noodle stall in the food court: “Did you want a napkin amigo?” No, I’ll wipe my mouth with my sleeve, “amigo”. Besides, what are you doing here so far north?
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Why is this place called the Mid West anyway? It’s neither in the middle nor in the west of the country. I’d say more north. Anyway, if anyone knows, please enlighten me.
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I finally had a quick workout in the hotel’s gym this morning. I just did a few yoga poses, some body weight exercises and 10 minutes elliptical. Better than nothing. I feel better than the last few days…
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I’m still struggling to find healthy food options. It’s funny how much you take healthy home cooking for granted. I was in the Apache Mall and decided to have lunch in the food court. I ordered a vegetarian noodle dish and went to Orange Julius to get a juice:
Me: Looking at the smoothie options “Do all your smoothies have ice cream?”
Orange Julius lady: “Actually they all have frozen yogurt.”
Me: “Do you have any without yogurt?”
Orange Julius lady: “We have the Raspberry Crush which is dairy free.”
Me: “Great! Does it have any added sugar?”
Orange Julius lady: “Actually, we add Splenda powder to it.”
Me: Feeling the early ripples of futility germinating in my gut. “I see, maybe I’ll just have an orange juice. Do you have any orange juice?”
Orange Julius lady: “Well, we have an Orange Julius.” All the while maintaining a robotic yet friendly demeanour. If she was thinking who the heck this weirdo is, she wasn’t showing it.
Me: “So this is a regular orange juice, right?”
Orange Julius lady: “Well… it’s Orange Julius juice mixed with water.”
Me “I see..” The feeling is getting more intense. “Do you add any sugar to it?
Orange Julius lady: “Yeah, we add a sugar powder to it.”
Me: What the hell! Can’t I have something without added sugar?? “I’ll just have a water please.”
Orange Julius lady: “Sure! Did you want bottled water?”
Me: No, I’ll have recycled water from the mayor’s rusty office faucet. “Yes please…”
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I watched a few movies in the hotel here. The great thing is they have really up to date movies and a big selection of recent hits. I watched Bruno, which was fairly funny but really, REALLY, sick. I must say Sasha Cohen Brown really knows how to push the proverbial envelope.
I’m hoping to see Avatar in 3D if I have some time to spare…
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That’s all for now. Talk to you soon.