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   Some of the–lightest–of our postings have, we confess, have become some of the most personally compelling at ADS. (Remember our “Driving up the Interstate to Our Daily Life” one?)

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   Here’s another in that tradition: It’s about the irony of waste/waist.”

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   “Some just can’t throw away extra food because we will waste money. So we eat it to make it disappear and spend extra time and more money putting the food on our waist, and even more time and money using gimmicks to take it off.”¹

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   For an example of this use the DOOR.

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   Okay, consider this:

   You eat everything that’s on your plate, However, from the dollop² of mashed delicious potatoes left  over on the serving plate, about 3 helpings are left and you can’t save them or give them away because you’re leaving town early the next day. Consequently, because this is “just one time,” you eat the rest of the potatoes up. So presto, the problem’s solved. No waste! But in the context of your problem-solving of this nature, there have been at least 3 dozen “just one times.” But just as these words settle in your mind, your conscience pricks, and you realize there have been many more than 3 dozen times.

   Your waste problem has become a waist problem, and since about some things you’re quite vain, you create a time-consuming plan to do whatever it takes to get your waist back to normal.

   MORAL OF THIS TALE:  (1) Throw away extra food that can’t be eaten in time.. (2) As your conscience bothers you for doing that, be a bit creative in preparing less in the future.

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   ¹ Remember, you heard this (or this version of the problem) first at A Dozen Seconds.

   ² Play “dollop” in a Scrabble game and you’ll carry a weight-free glow around with you for the rest of the day.