Thursday, July 30, 2009

Altoids gum

Mint strength is getting out of hand.

Tuesday meetings at work. I dread them. Once we get done with dealing with issues and deadlines, it inevitably breaks down to my big boss' story time. Some of which are good background stuff, but nothing that grabs my attention for more than five minutes. I don't usually drink coffee in the morning, but I needed something to keep myself alert and my eyes from wandering over to the large aquarium and spacing out. I fished around my pockets and found a new can of Altoids gum - untested. It's gum right, and we usually just pop them in and chew. The moment my tooth sank and broke the hard candy shell, I thought I had just cracked open a poison tooth. It's a small meeting with only 7 people around an oval table, so everyone could see my face contort with obvious discomfort. It's not like I could stop the reaction in my mouth. The seal has been broken...and the closest trash can is not in the room. There's no way I could talk without drooling because I was over-salivating from the mint and the mint-gas was all in my sinus. It's almost as bad as eating too much wasabi. Thank Vishnu that only lasted for a few excruciating minutes.

Since that happened pretty much at the beginning of the meeting, there was still plenty of time for me to lose my focus and space out during story time. The cold weather has definitely forced me to watch more sports and programs on TV lately. I remember seeing commercials of razors with 3 blades...then they "Turbo" it up. If it's not "Extreme" or "Turbo" it's just not hardcore enough. Now they have the new quad razor - but it hasn't been outfitted with an afterburner yet. So, I'm hoping the next razor will just skip the five blades and go with the "Shiva" six bladed smooth shaving action. That would really help me out since the blades outnumber the strands of hair I shave off my face.

I'm glad we always know how to solve issues with a healthy dose of overwhelming force.