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The Captain Had Different Greens In Mind

As part of my #WaybackWednesday look at my Year On The Road, I want to look at more than just the places I visited.  Lots of other things were occurring in my life at the time that are worth discussing.  But first, here’s a picture of me grimacing at a Caesar salad from April 20th, 2003.


war on vegetables


In this picture I am eating lunch with Kristi in Nashville and I’m attempting to make peace with vegetables.  After a long fought war against anything leafy and green that lasted all of my adolescence, 2003 was the year I finally negotiated a cease fire.

Spending 2-3 weeks at a time on the road meant eating out all of the time and all on my boss’ dime.  Which was pretty cool once I got over the awkwardness of repeatedly asking for a table for one.  It gave me the opportunity to try lots of different restaurants and lots of different types of food.  The first couple of months I mostly ordered expensive steak and seafood dishes.  But pretty quickly I discovered that heavy meals and long drives aren’t the best for my body.  Eventually I decided that if my metabolism was didn’t resemble that of my youth then neither should my diet.

It was good timing, since I had every day to order something new.  I started small with salads and side orders of green beans; eventually I discovered several vegetables that I enjoy, like broccoli, cauliflower and squash.  It took me a long time to embrace vegetables, and I still struggle with a few of them.  But ten years later I’m glad that I finally made peace.  I’ll still always prefer a burger to a salad, but at least now I order my burger with lettuce and tomato.




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