Man vs. Food

One of the greatest things in recent years is the opening of those self-serve soft yogurt shops. Now they’re all over the place, and in case you’ve been living in a cave, you know you can choose different bowl sizes and dispense any number of flavors, add all kinds of toppings and pay for it by weight.

Lately I haven’t had the chance to go to one, although I think about it all the time. The other day I was in my office when our human resources director said she was coming out to take care of some personnel paperwork. We’re also friends, so I asked if she wanted to get some yogurt in lieu of lunch.

She was game, so off we went. It’s dangerous when you crave something because when you finally get it, you tend to lose control. I went for the largest bowl they had, a bucket really, and proceeded to fill it with all my favorite flavors of yogurt – that would be all of them.

Then I went to the topping bar. I felt like I was at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and started shoveling all the different confections onto my yogurt mountain. I figured since this was replacing lunch, I could be pretty generous to myself and load it up while channeling Willie Wonka.

I finally went to the register and put my container on the scale. The cashier rang it up and she said, “That will be $47.35, sir.” I forgot that they charge by weight, and let’s just say that I went overboard. I turned around and saw that everyone in the shop was looking at me.

I looked at her and said, “I think you made a mistake, it couldn’t possibly cost that much.” She looked and saw that I had also placed the plastic spoon on the scale. Taking it off, she recalculated the purchase and announced, “OK, sorry, it’s $47.34.” I grabbed my bowl and said, “That’s more like it!”

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