Too Drained for the Kitchen


It’s funny how we develop and break patterns.  I could be talking about habits, but really I am just talking about where I get my takeout food from.  Lately, I’ve mostly had pizza or Chinese food, or Shawarma.  Pizza because….well, it’s pizza.  You probably don’t need an explanation.  The Chinese food place was the victim of some discrimination early on in the Covid 19 saga and I thought they needed my patronage.  I went to the Shawarma place because I really like it and I want it to survive.  There are going to be retail casualties of all kinds, regardless of how much funding there is.  We need to do our part.

Before Covid 19 one of my monthly stops was Mucho Burrito.  However, owing to their location and a bunch of other pandemic related reactions, I hadn’t gone there since before my winter vacation, the end of which coincided with the lockdown.

Today, I had to deliver unfavourable news to one of my students and their arguing and bizarre rationalizations were rather draining.  I was able to keep a straight and sympathetic face….most of the time. Maybe I rolled my eyes a few times….maybe I buried my head in my hands once or twice…and if I am being honest, I probably showed my dumbfounded look once.

My point being, that when it was over, I didn’t have the energy to make something.  A special pick-me-up was needed and that is why I donned my mask and gloves and headed to Mucho Burrito.  I can report that there were some safely protocols in place.  As usual, I got the server to make the burrito rather than sit over him pointing out each thing that I wanted.  This doesn’t work at all restaurants, but I have had luck with it from time to time.  To his credit, he managed to jam a whole lot of stuff in there, and find a good balance between deadly spicy and tongue burning.

It wasn’t the best  burrito I have ever had, but it was definitely good enough to be Today’s Perfect Moment.

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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4 Responses to Too Drained for the Kitchen

  1. Jinjer says:

    Man, a burrito sounds so good right now.

    • Anthony says:

      A burrito always sounds good….I wasn’t hungry but you said burrito and now I want one.

      • Jinjer says:

        I wish I had my friend/roommate, Jean’s beef & bean burrito recipe. MAN were those the best!!! Unfortunately, I think it’s on one of my many old, old, old harddrives that I’ll probably never be able to access but I hang onto them anyway. I lost track of Jean a long time ago, and, unfortunately, she has a very common, normal name. Jean Davis from Arizona, if you’re out there, find me and send me your burrito recipe and your egg roll recipe that we used to eat after work at Legend City Amusement Park while watching MTV into the wee hours of the night.

      • Anthony says:

        It would be really cool if you somehow found her through this blog…and then I could get the recipe too.
        Unfortunately, my subscriber base isn’t particularly large, and the only Arizona person that I know of who used to follow this blog is someone that rubbed me the wrong way and I asked him to stop following me.
        I would suggest, and I am using the sarcastic voice my nephews use on me when they talk about social media, that you try the advanced search in either Facebook or Linkedin that includes someone’s alma mater.

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