a crudité party platter from Costco

Posted: February 29th, 2016 | No Comments »

For 11 years, June Jo Lee, an ethnographer, has been traveling the country, talking to Americans about how they eat. She has often been in offices, observing white-collar workers. In one interview, a 20-something administrative assistant at an architecture firm in Seattle told her, ‘‘I don’t think I ate at a table at all this week if you don’t include my desk at work.’’ In Chicago, Lee talked to an I.T. specialist who lunched in front of his computer and assiduously avoided the break room; anyone who ate in there was odd. Another guy said that each week he would bring in a crudité party platter from Costco and graze from it when he got hungry…After all her conversations, note taking and analysis, Lee summarizes her findings like this: ‘‘The way people eat at work is pretty sad.’’

[via the ny times, “failure to lunch”]

i have mixed feelings about eating lunch at your desk. i did / do it 99.9% of the time, but mostly because taking a break from work — like a real break — makes it very difficult to go BACK to work. eating at my desk kept me in the current. the end of this article talks about eating and making lunch with colleagues as a healthy work strategy, which sounds cool in theory, but also sort of terrible, like more work, like please when do we get to make our own choices and not relate via work and can’t we just be free beings who maybe sometimes choose a costco crudité platter.

me at forced work eventsme (image courtesy of here)

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