Cobb Salad

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There’s no time to waste. I need to aim for an economy of words.  Even as I type these sentences, I can feel the doubt creeping in.

Today after work, a group of students who were milling around the lounge area invited me out for a beer. It has been quite a while since I went out with students, and I was planning on waiting around for my girlfriend anyway.  These students were all older than 30 and had proven to be fun and interesting.  So, I said yes.

Perhaps out of respect or perhaps out of indecision, they asked me to choose the place. When I go out for drinks with my best friends, the place is not nearly as important as the company.  What that means is that I am not great at recommending places.  On this occasion, however, I decided to take them to my favourite bar, where the food is good and the beer is brewed in house.  That place is the Granite.

The conversation was easy and the students saw no need for me to direct the conversation. This was great and far better than many student interactions outside of class.  I was given the room to exist, rather than be in charge.

Another great thing was that I chose the cobb salad. Odd as it may seem, I have never had a cob salad before.  I had heard them mentioned on TV, but never ordered one.  I wouldn’t say that it was on my bucket list–but I have definitely wanted to eat it for a long time.  It was actually quite good and the students mocked me gently about “eating healthy”.


Though the temptation to drink the night away was there, I decided to leave after my second beer. I know I should get to bed early.  In fact, I shouldn’t be typing this.  I should already be in bed.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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11 Responses to Cobb Salad

  1. Claudette says:

    I loved reading this. The line “I was given room to exist rather than be in charge” is amazing. I’m going to quote you next time I have something blog worthy to say.

    Also I want cobb salad now. 😂

  2. Jinjer says:

    Mmmmm I love Cobb Salad!!! In fact, there was a period of time when I was on a Cobb Salad Kick and I was ordering them all the time, everywhere I went. Couldn’t stop.

    Looks like a great time was had by all!

  3. Margie Swain says:

    One of my favourite pub style meals.

  4. Hunida says:

    Aww I love that you went out with your students & it wasn’t awkward or anything. A Cobb Salad is so good lol glad you got to try one for the first time. 🙂

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