So, I’m at work today, and it’s quiet. Reeeeeally quiet. September and October are the dead season in retail. I’ve just returned from lunch at a new restaurant and I’m telling my co-worker about it. There are no customers in the store; we speak freely:
“I just ate at True Food,” I say, leaning casually against the counter.
“Yeah? ” he says, from across the room. “Was it good?”
“Everyone says it’s fresh.” says my co-worker, straightening a jewelry form in the case. “Was it fresh?”
I cock an eyebrow at him. “Certainly.”
He keeps talking, flipping his keys in the air. “The freshest food I ever had was salmon I’d just caught. Killed it, cooked it three hours later. BLAM. Fresh.”
I shudder. Savage.
“The freshest salmon I ever had was sushi,” says my boss, entering the room from behind us. “In Hawaii. Ate it right off the boat.” She mimes a knife, presumably filleting a living fish. “Delicious.”
Jesus. I make a face, imagining this. It makes me think of–
“Did you know that roaches cannibalize each other?” I say loudly. “They even eat their own children.”
My co-workers swivel their heads towards me, clearly taken aback.
I go on. “If you poison them they crawl back to their nests to die. Then their friends eat them. Then they die. Then they get eaten. Talk about a vicious circle.”
Silence. No one’s keys are flipping now.
I feel driven to go on.”They eat defecation too. Theirs, I mean. Imagine eating your kid’s poop, then eating him. Then being eaten!”
A customer walks in. We spin towards the door and smile.
“Hello!” we all chorus.
“Just looking,” he snaps, moving past us and into the next room.
A beat. “Guess we should get back to work,” I say morosely.
“Sushi has just been ruined for me forever” my boss mutters under her breath as she walks away.
These roaches are not only going to be the death of me. They’re going to kill my job, too. And maybe my even appetite.
But hopefully they’ll keep theirs. Bon appetite, suckers!