Thursday, February 23, 2006

American Zombies


I often doubt some people's self awareness. I encounter many of these people in my job. Whether it's taking an order on the phone, or delivering it to the door, I wonder if they know what they're really doing. I wonder if they know where they are. I wonder this because many times they can't even get through a sentence that should take 4 seconds in under one minute. It's filled with a lot of "uhhhh...", "eerrrr..." Or "what's that thing, I forgo-oh yeah-wait-no, hang on a sec errrr what was I sayin-oh yeah I want ummmm..." And on and on it goes. Then I come to the door with their food; many many many times they forget that they ordered it. They open the door, look at me in a confused manner, and not until I ask them if they ordered pizza does a lightbulb go off..."That must be the reason there's a guy in a Pizza Hut uniform holding a pizza in his hand". It's at this point that they exclaim "Oh yeah! I forgot I ordered that". Consider this, it's usually 30-45 minutes from when they ordered to when they receive their food. Most of my customers are HUUUGE people. I almost feel guilty bringing them a pizza and bringing them one inch closer to their impending doom....almost. I completely believe in and adhere to the notion that you are what you eat, and I expect these people probably don't eat much besides garbage. They don't know how much money they're giving me. I routinely am given way too much or way too little. They don't know where they live. I am routinely given the wrong address by the people placing the order.

I know this all seems like just bitching and making fun; but it's more than that. This is a serious and growing problem. This crap people are stuffing their faces with and have been for years is yet another thing about our modern society that is rotting their brains. I often wonder how these people that I encounter have jobs and are able to pay for mortgages to live in houses. These people have children and I see them in shopping malls and other public places shoving the same garbage into their mouths that their grossly obese, stupid parents are. Like I said, what they eat is part of it, I suspect many of them are probably drug users, heavy drinkers and so on. Other factors may include their only source of information coming from mind-numbing sitcoms. The list could go on for miles. All those factors aside, I think these people were taught to eat lazy as children, which caused their bodies and minds to become lazy.

In the documentary "Super-Size Me" Morgan Spurlock interviews a principal at a school for troubled teens. In this school, they removed all processed foods, and red meats from the cafeteria. They were replaced by raw vegetables, lean meats, and whole-grain breads. The principle reported a vast improvement in student performance and behavior, practically overnight. I think we need to re-evaluate our notions about the cause of slumping student grades in our country. While I'm not a person who thinks in the terms that a problem always has one cause, I think that it may not be as much about social factors as it is about junk food.

Do I have the model diet? Of course not, but I pay attention to what goes into my body. I understand and keep mental track of how much fat/calories/and sugar I put into my body on a daily basis. I've also become much more aware of eating a balanced diet (Certain amount of protein, fiber, fruits/vegies etc per day) And since moving in with Ashley, I've become even more aware. Partially because she gives me a certain look when she sees me eating junk, and partially because I want to set a good example for her 4 year old daughter (who by the way is getting negative eating-influence from her grandparents).

People have turned into zombies. Almost literally. The walking nearly dead. Unaware or uncaring of the consequences (or of their surroundings); they pick up the phone and dial me up so I can bring them more shit so they can continue living their sloth existence. I'm going to market a product called "Zombie Feed". It's just going to be ground up slop in tub...a mixture of Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and Twinkies for sweetness. I'll make millions.

2 comments:

  1. I'm surprised no one has commented on this yet.

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  2. Well at least now I've got a comment about not commenting.

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