(Above photo: The chips after they were picked up off the ground)
Let’s say you are sitting in one of the world’s greatest public spaces on one of the area’s first warm days of the year. Everyone is sitting outside having a good time. Enjoying the good weather, enjoying the people walking by.
You just came back from the grocery store with some stuff to nibble on for lunch and snackage. You decide to sit down outside the Tribune Tower and join all the people enjoying the fine day on Michigan Avenue.
You take out a bag of crackers and procede to try to open it. The bag is being stubborn and won’t open. You take the bag from the other end and are determined to get to the delicious cheddar crackers inside. The bag won’t give easily. You decide to amp it up and REALLY pull on the sides of the bag to get it open.
The bag EXPLODES. Chips go flying all over the ground. These are BRIGHT ORANGE round chips. They are really loud sitting on the ground. Almost the entire contents of the bag are on the ground.
Now what do you do?
A) Pick up the chips and throw them away.
B) Leave the chips on the ground.
Here’s what I did.
I sat there in shock. It was quite amazed at the amount of chips on the ground. I was thinking about leaving them there. But it was such a mess. I don’t want to leave my beautiful court in a mess. Plus, I don’t want to feed the pigeons. Pigeons are already overfed by tourists. We don’t need anymore crapbirds leaving their crap all over.
So I started to pick up the chips. A couple innocent bystanders said to me nicely, “Oh just leave them for the pigeons.” To which I replied, “Oh, I don’t want to feed the pigeons.” Note, I withheld my rant from these observers.
I emptied the grapes from their little bag into my grocery bag and used that grape bag to hold the liberated chips. But now what do i do? Do I sit there and ignore my embarrassment and try to enjoy a little lunch? Yes, I swallowed my pride and ate some grapes. After telling this story to my co-workers they responded in horror that I would use my same fingers that picked up dirty chips to eat grapes. Oops. Let’s stack on more embarrassment. Ha!
All in all, I find it a funny story now. I managed to even snap a little photo of the reclaimed chips before they were tossed away. I really wish I took a photo of the chips on the ground. It was quite a sight.
What would you do if you exploded a bunch of chips in front of a bunch of people?