Saturday, January 7, 2012

Old Dogs, New Tricks, And Brainwashing

My writers group
has been discussing the various foods and dining practices within differing cultures. Since this online group comprises a culturally diverse membership one must take care to avoid accidentally offending those members who at mealtime routinely partake of such questionable delicacies as raw fish...

...and seaweed, squid, octopus, and other such dishes that are not at all related to the good old solid foods I grew up eating, like plain ol' fried or roasted red meats and fried, boiled, or mashed potatoes with a few home-grown garden vegetables on the side.

Most of my family (the younger ones that is) seem to enjoy what I still think of as foreign food like sushi and all such yucky truck... and they docilely go along with the snooty trend of wielding chopsticks when dining out in a Chinese or Japanese or Korean restaurant instead of using sensible forks and spoons. They even practice using chopsticks so that when eating out or even when eating at home they can skillfully and happily dive in and slurp up carton after carton of Asian type take-out.

(I never did figure out how you eat soup with chopsticks.)

I guess it's true that it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks, especially when the old dog is just too stubborn to change old established habits.

Back in my younger days... the 1940s

Well, I am one old dog who still knows what's what, even in today's enlightened world, and I simply will not be brainwashed into believing that eating raw fish and seaweed with a pair of shiny sticks is the proper and acceptable way for a civilized, common sense person to act.

brainwashing --
indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas.


(I hope no reader takes this diatribe too seriously)


  1. Cheesus, that meatloaf looks like dead dog food!

  2. Ha! You should have seen it when it was alive.