Folks were talking about making a lunch run to Qdoba. In case you don't know, they're a chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants owned by Jack-In-the-Box, a publically traded (NYSE) company.
One fellow, a vegetarian, asked, "What are the cookies like?" No one answered. "Hard or soft?"
He hadn't directed his comments to anyone in particular, and since no one knew the answer, no one felt compelled to respond.
"Does anyone know what Qdoba's cookies are like?" he persisted. "Does anyone know whether their cookies are any good?" Silence. "Are they hard cookies? Are they soft or what? What are they like?"
Finally, I spoke up. "I'll tell you what they're like." I took a deep breath. "They're made of sugar, cheap corn-derived sugar substitutes, refined white flour, and a whole bunch of high-tech, overprocessed, completely devitalized ingredient crap."
"Thank you, Vesna," he said. "I knew that."
I knew I was on the high ground. My breakfast had been local traditional sausage, free-range eggs scrambled in butter, mixed veg cooked with ghee and extra-virgin, organic coconut oil. My lunch bag was stocked with organic salad greens, homemade dressing, and local, rBGH-free cheese.
There was no arguing who was leaving the smaller carbon footprint today.
Several minutes later, he announced that he was leaving. "Anyone else want anything?"
"Yeah, pick me up a couple of cookies," I said.
He gave me the finger (not for serious).
I smiled a great big smile.