Archive for September 26th, 2008

Fast food and senior citizens

Sitting in Orlando International Airport, waiting for my flight to Washington DC and the impending 10 year university reunion.  How exciting!  Scenes from Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion and Grosse Point Blank are flashing through my mind.

It was a pleasant few days in Florida.  I find that I sleep much better in my Florida home than I do in Singapore.  Deep, deep sleep that is punctuated by frequent vivid dreams.  In a way I feel like my brain is more alive and generating its own stimulating thoughts when I am home in Florida than when I am in Singapore… where I’m usually so tired that I’m just dealing with whatever external stimuli is making its way from my nerve endings into my head.

I wonder if it’s a lifestyle change that I need to do in Singapore or if it’s something more physical – like just getting a new bed or making sure I put my earplugs in at night (I’m a very light sleeper).

Anyway, I learned something about myself when I was in Florida.  The learning?  I get frustrated when taking senior citizens to fast food places.  I took my uncle and aunt (both 70+ years old) to Checkers Burgers and Backyard Burger.  Watching them go over the menu was an exercise in patience – more than 10 minutes were needed for them to parse through the various combos offered and what ingredients were in each burger.  Note – they have eaten at Burger King and Mcdonalds numerous times so it’s not like they are new to the concept of fast food and packaging a burger, fries, and a soda all together.  It was as if they felt that if they made the wrong order, the world would end.

Aside from my fast food flip-out, I really enjoyed my time in Florida.