We’ve All Got OptionsPosted: October 24, 2010
The world is a big place, full of choices for us all.
We can go places. We can do things. We pick our friends and hobbies.
Even some of the things that we’d probably also agree are mandatory are, in truth, options. People aren’t supposed to steal, but they do. Some folks have never been much good at keeping jobs; I can’t imagine not having one.
Speaking Of Jobs, Let’s Talk About Someone Who Has One
As you might have picked up on in a previous post, I’ve been on a car trip this past week. Endless pavement, signs, other drivers…road food. Halfway through my drive toward home on Saturday it was lunch time. Of the options available a Subway sandwich shop seemed the best option.
I parked in front of the restaurant, which shared a building with a gasoline station. A man standing near where the two businesses joined caught my eye. He was standing there smoking, leaning with his hand palm down on a trash can. It just seemed an odd pose for anyone to take.
He wore clothing that looked like a work uniform, but I wasn’t close enough to tell if he worked for the gas station or the Subway. I decided he must be waiting for a ride because, well, I decide that sort of thing when I see people standing around.
It turns out I was wrong about Mr. Strange Trash Can Pose.
I went in to the restaurant and stood back from the counter trying to decide what I’d order. Soon after, another man came in. He seemed to know what he wanted and went right to the counter. He was followed by Mr Trash Can Pose, who walked behind the counter and took the decisive man’s order.
Some Things Are Optional. We Each Make Choices.
Mr. Trash Can Pose took the man’s order, then began making his sandwich. I am not an expert on West Virginia restaurant hygiene laws, but I’m willing to bet there is a requirement that some hand washing should have occurred at this point. No such thing occurred.
Doubtlessly this hygiene wizard would be quick to point out that he put on a pair of plastic gloves as he transitioned from trash can leaning to sandwich making. I’d counter that he did so using the only two hands he had available – his smoking hand and his trash can hand.
We all make choices. Some choose to lean on trash cans, though they probably shouldn’t. Some choose not to wash their hands, though soap wouldn’t kill them. Some of us choose not to eat whatever was breeding on top of a trash can.