Monday, 4 May 2009


So one of my colleagues that sits next to me eats peanut butter toast everyday for morning tea. He eats it at his desk and the smell is very overpowering and lingers for ages. Its weird because I like eating peanut butter toast, but I don't like smelling it, unless I'm about to eat it too. Only trouble is that I'm on a diet, and peanut butter toast is one of the things I need to avoid snacking on daily, so its kind of like a tease.

Despite being a generally nice guy, I think he is being bit inconsiderate. Or am I just being a bit precious? Should I say something, or should I just let it slide?


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At 4 May 2009 at 14:54 , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Sorry MATP, you're being a bit precious. I know it's hard when you're trying to be good yourself, but at least it's not:
* pungent curry
* fish sauce or sambal oelek-laden stir fries
* cabbage rolls
* BACON and egg sandwiches.

Peanut butter is minor, in the scheme of things. Now go and sip your cup of 99% fat-free noodle soup and remind yourself that peanut butter is 50% FAT.

At 4 May 2009 at 16:11 , Blogger The Man at the Pub said...

Thanks Kath. As you can see I'm tackling the world's big issues today.
I suspected I was being precious, thanks for the confirmation. But do you think there is ever a time to take someone to task over unwanted and strong food odours? Say someone was eating a jumbo sambal-olek pecel lele (Javanese catfish) curry with extra fish sauce and cabbage rolls on the side... is it just one of those things in life you have to learn to live with, short of getting a new job?

At 5 May 2009 at 01:14 , Blogger the projectivist said...

so you're on a diet?

reminds me of that contestant from the biggest loser (which of course i wouldn't watch. ever.) but let's just pretend that i might have watched it, for argument's sake -
well there was that chap who was married to the slim woman, and he was trying to 'save their marriage' by losing weight.

now i've nothing against losing weight, but he seemed to be doing it out of this awful dread that she was going to leave him. turns out he was right. every time he filled the screen, and they were ooohing and ahhing about his wife and their relationship, all i could think was - you cow!

but what do i know?

i'm a great believer in a little of what you fancy won't kill you. the occasional bit of wholemeal, without butter and a light scraping of peanut butter on it won't do any harm.

At 5 May 2009 at 06:35 , Blogger Terence McDanger said...

The projectivist talks good sense. A little bit of the bad stuff is alright in strict moderation. In fact, there's no difference weight-loss wise between people who eat 100% well and those who let 10% of their meals be 'bad meals.'

And listen MATP, you're being just a tad precious...if it was Beyonce coming in shmearing her naked jubblies and dancing around you licking her lips and going "uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh..." etc. then you'd have a case. But for now, just deal with it baby!

At 5 May 2009 at 10:36 , Blogger The Man at the Pub said...

Sage advice all round, thankyou. But I must know, is there ever any situation, regarding the smells your co-workers make, that justifies standing up, taking off one glove and slapping that glove across the face of thy smelly one, saying "You Sir, have offended my honour and nostrils!"?

At 5 May 2009 at 19:51 , Blogger the projectivist said...

i was distracted for a moment by Mr McDanger's effusive description of Beyonce and her jubblies.
i almost choked on my diet coke.

Mr ManAtThePub, you might have a case for glove-slapping when it comes to bad body odour and the over-usage of cologne.

when heavy handed hinting and neatly placed post-it notes don't work, by all means bring out the glove!

At 6 May 2009 at 14:12 , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Stuff worth being precious about:
* Gag-worthy BO
* Curries (but only out of jealousy)
* Bacon sandwiches (see above)
* Shoes kicked off under the desk that make you think someone's unwrapped a washed-rind cheese
* washed-rind cheese
* marinading themselves in perfume or aftershave
* SNIFFING continuously
* Pen clicking like a OCD with Tourette's thrown in as a bonus
* Singing every seventh word out loud when listening to an iPod.

....and people wonder if I 'miss it' by working at home....


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