How much exercise does it take to work off that excess and/or not so good food you allowed yourself? A week after getting my first ever smart watch, I have a means to find out, and I want to share it for anybody looking to get an idea for themselves. It will be different for everybody due to the exercise, challenges in the exercise, their size, body mass index, and so on. It won’t be exact, but it might be as good an estimate as you’re going to get without all the medical gear. And I’ll also test the joke I’ve been telling myself for decades that I can run a mile per Canadian dollar spent at McDonald’s to run off any McDonald’s that I eat (within 24, if not 48 hours max). This should be interesting! But before we go on, a serious disclaimer.
The smallest things sometimes keeps me from doing what I want to do, for no good reason. One such example was handling quinoa as I wanted to make it more frequently. It had been packaged all the wrong ways for me. I generally wanted to consume about 40% of a box I usually bought in one serving, being economical for me to buy when it was on sale. Boxes stored quinoa in crude plastic bags that didn’t re-seal, opened and nor poured out nicely. That made it a tad messy to dispense, with how fine the quinoa grain was, and awkward to store what was left. It was just annoying to get out, use and put back each time, in other words, though just a tiny bit of patience would have helped. Where cooking is involved, though, patience is not my friend.
I don’t find McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets to be very filling if I only eat like a six pack. However, I don’t exactly want to be eating 10 or 20 just to be full, either. So recently, I conjured up this quick and easy idea to make a better meal with McNuggets, for the times when I don’t have time to cook a full lunch or meal. It’s my upgraded, upscaled or upcycled McNuggets meal.
Today, May 6th, is McHappy Day in North America. $1 from the sale of every Happy Meal, Big Mac and Egg McMuffin to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Go Girls and Go Boys, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Nice idea, but wait a minute here. That food isn’t good for you! That’s like buying something to shorten your life a little from which $1 would go to kids’ charities. A little contradictory if the people trying to help raise the children better are reducing their potential to help a little bit in the process. That, to me, is more like McMartyr Day rather than McHappy Day.
I know. One Big Mac, Egg McMuffin or Happy Meal isn’t going to shorten anybody’s life by anything noticeable. But is $1 out of all the income you will generate in your lifetime noticeable? It’s a “fair” exchange of a sacrifice, if you ask me!
What I want to ask McDonald’s, though, is why couldn’t they have put the donation from a salad or something healthier? It’d promote their image and food options, too, cause everybody already knows about all that other crappy food. Come on, somebody at McDonald’s. Rise up and speak in the board room! Make the change!
That said, I’m going to try and get out for a Big Mac anyway. I do kind of like it every now and then, I must admit, and if I can indulge and give something to charity in the process, that eases my health conscience. Besides, I am tapering for my 25th marathon. Not to take health and life for granted, but a body like mine can probably absorb a little McDonald’s food every now and then.
Now, let’s see what else is there to talk about today? That was too short of a post.
Hmmm. There’s the Nova Scotia government’s defeat (my province so local news), more swine flu cases in Canada in Nova Scotia than anywhere else currently, twice weekly brawls in Cole Harbour, a forest fire in Spryfield and such already in May. We Nova Scotians are certainly living in what the Chinese call “interesting times”. Perhaps appropriately, then, May is Asian Heritage Month. So let me share a little culture with you, though after I ask why dates of celebration from that link go from May 1st to 30th? There are 31 days in May! Yes, my friends. Part of the Asian Heritage appreciation is how we were constantly ripped off. Maybe they designed it too well to symbolically incorporate that part of our heritage, but I’d bet most Asians don’t think it’s appropriate! Mind you, we Asians should be grateful. Black History month is February. The month is short, the days are short and it’s freezing to keep people indoors where the African diaspora do not naturally like to be kept. You get what I’m saying? They really got ripped off!
Chinese and other Asian culture tend to be very ordered. Lots of hierarchy. Proper names and rituals for just about everything. People have their places and are expected to play the role. It’s very rigid, which isn’t necessarily bad like it sounds. even if there is some bad to it to be so highly judgmental. It can’t be bad overall, though, if the various Asian societies have prospered so well over the millennia in so many places. But it is highly ordered, nonetheless.
“Interesting”, meanwhile, suggests something not completely certain and/or understood, possibly even something unknown. That depends on how you interpret “interesting”, connotatively rather than strictly by its dictionary definition. But because “interesting” means some uncertainty, that is essentially saying “chaotic” in a culture that values order so it. It is the antithesis of a core cultural value and is, thus, a curse. For a Chinese person to wish someone to live in “interesting times” is to basically wish their life be damned with chaos. I know it doesn’t sound damning or anything in the plain translation, but try to understand it from the cultural perspective.
You curse that which you value most. Otherwise, why insult something of lesser value, right?
So in English, it’s sex. In Québecois French, it’s the Church. In Vietnamese, it’s one’s Mother. Yeah, some patriarchal society. We Vietnamese all know who really runs the house and society. You can curse all kinds of things about me but when it comes to my Mother, you need to have a little talk with my fist, feet, head, elbow and a few other body parts. 🙂
But the nice thing about a cuss that doesn’t translate well is that you can use it diplomatically! Have you ever thought about that? If you had not known the story of “interesting times” as it pertained to the Chinese culture, how would you feel after a conversation if I held out my hands, gave you a nod and a smile and bid you farewell with
May you live in interesting times, my friend.
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