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Usually, I eat lunch alone in my office. Today, I ate lunch alone in the faculty/staff lounge.

I got this cool lunch bag from PETA way back when I still lived in Utah (that’s back in the mid to late 1990s!). They no longer offer this design, but they do have a nice “Meat Sucks” bag you can get to show off your compassion and be environmentally friendly!

Yesterday, one of my students told me Diet Coke was going to make it 50% more likely I’d have a stroke. I think I’m OK with that.

Quotation of the Year: 2010 Edition

On Watching the Detectives, an investigator recounted a case in which two siblings were feuding over their recently deceased mother’s estate. When the sister was found murdered, suspicion focused on her brother. The detectives had some difficulty finding him, but when they finally picked him up and settled him in the interrogation room, he told them:

“Just give me a large diet soda, 
and I’ll tell you what you want to know.”

That would be me, if I were ever arrested that is!

Diet Coke and the Environment

The Ask Umbra column today dissects the evils of Diet Coke as it relates to the environment. Apparently, it takes 2-1/2 liters of water to produce one liter of DC. I stopped reading at the point…ignorance is bliss.

Would you give up your favorite soda to help the environment? I’m not quite ready to do that, but I applaud all who have or will.

Spring Artfest

Today, I had a table at the Spring Artfest, an arts/crafts show for ASU students, faculty, and staff. On the plus side, the table was only $10 and proceeds for an accompanying silent auction benefit the School of Art. On the minus side, it was HOT! I got very sunburned–at least I wore a hat. Also, too many people make and sell jewelry, so the competition was fierce, and I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. (Perhaps I should have ironed the table cloth!)

The organizer told us that the school’s food service would be selling food and drinks, but they were nowhere to be seen. About 1:00, I was about to die for a Diet Coke, when, like an angel, Ben appeared at my booth. Good sport that he is, he went to the MU and bought a super large fountain diet soda for me. With that, I was able to get through the rest of the afternoon.

Later, when I was teaching, the students (who know I am easily distracted), were very interested in my sunburn. They asked where I was to have received such a bad burn, and I told them Hayden Lawn. Of course, they wanted to know why I was on Hayden Lawn all day, so I told them about the ArtFest. They couldn’t believe I hadn’t told them about it, but I explained it would not at all be ethical to promote it to them–an especially egregious offense since MGT 410 is an ethics class!