Cracked Pepper Crackers

8 04 2008

You’ll have to forgive me some self indulgent ranting.

What’s the story with cracked pepper water crackers?!?

Why do they take a perfectly tasty (although unusually named) item like the water cracker and ruin it by adding cracked pepper??!?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for pepper. I have an admiration for the pepper mill and how it is so sanctified that as a restaurant diner you are not allowed to touch it. But I think pepper has no place in a water cracker.

Surely, the beauty of the cracker is its inobtrusiveness? If I am enjoying some nice cheese or, better still, some chunky basil and cashew dip, then why would I want my tastebuds affronted by an alien flavour? The cracker should be a simple tool for dip transportation and palate cleansing. Don’t try to dress it up and make it something it’s not.

Pepper has it’s place, but it ‘ain’t in my cracker.

Your thoughts? Are you for the cracked pepper cracker or against it?

(Shout out to Naomi and Hamish for this post)

Public Transport

3 03 2008

This post is going to sound like a whinge.

And it probably is a whinge. So I apologise in advance. If you don’t want to hear it, stop reading now.
Firstly, the buses on Victoria Rd lately have been poo. Today, I waited for 20 mins and then 5 turned up at once. It’s nice to have options, but I can’t get to work any quicker on 5 buses than I can on 1.

Secondly, there has been a drop in public transport etiquette. Now, I am a guilty party – I like to stand in the no standing section of the bus where you have the most room – but there are three things I think should go without saying on public transport.

  1. Cover your mouth when you cough.
  2. If there is a seat available, and someone is standing, don’t hinder them from sitting down. Slide across to the window, move your bag, do what it takes.
  3. Finally, do NOT, remove your toe nail polish with nail polish remover in a hot, crowded, poorly ventilated bus. I almost needed to spew.

Sorry for the rant. These are the selfish things I think about on my way to work. Maybe I should be thinking more along the lines of this guy.

I’ll try to lift my game on the public transport system as well.