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Subject:Home sweet home
Time:09:50 pm
I just got home from the party in LA. Stats for today:

Miles driven: 461
Door to door time: 7:59
CHP spotted on the side of the road: 14
CHP who had someone pulled over: 10
CHP who were looking for action: 3
Tickets narrowly averted: 2
Tickets received: 0 (but the guy in front of me wasn't so lucky)
Tickets deserved: countless
Complete episodes of This American Life listened to: 6
Gas stops: 2
Gas mileage: 28mpg (bleah)
Time with the top down: about two hours... the weather was bleah for a lot of it
Margie's Diner burgers consumed: about 2/3. WTF is it with portion sizes in this country? A 1/3 pound burger on a large plate heaped with french fries is not a reasonable meal.

The party was fun. LA traffic sucks. I stayed up way too late. I'm happy to be home.
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blakwngbrd
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Time:2007-11-05 06:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for coming down, it was great to see you!
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-05 12:40 pm (UTC)
How do you manage to leave uneaten food on your plate? I can't do it.

-R
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whipartist
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Time:2007-11-05 06:08 pm (UTC)
Easy! I look at it, realize I'm way the fuck full, and stop eating. Usually I do it later than I should, but I'm getting better. I ate maybe 20% of the fries... if I'd finished them, I would have been physically ill.
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-05 06:11 pm (UTC)
I can't. I wish I could, but I can't. I have a compulsion to eat everything on my plate. If I can see it, I have to eat it. I'm working on it, but it is hard.

At home, I just portion correctly. When I go out to eat is where the problem is. Compounding the problem is that if I decide not to eat it, but it is in front of me, the longer it sits there, the more likely I am to eat it.

-R
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blakwngbrd
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Time:2007-11-05 08:28 pm (UTC)
Most restaurants will pack up half of an entree to go without ever bringing it to the table. Just tell the server you want them to do that when you place your order.

I usually just order appetizers and salads since I know entrees are too much food for me. On the somewhat rare occasion that I order a full entree, I try to remember to do the pack-half-to-go trick.
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-05 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'm trying to convince my wife to start splitting entrees with me, but she keeps ordering appetizers too!

-R
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luckylefty
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Time:2007-11-05 10:27 pm (UTC)
I find that the ridiculously large portions that I see more often nowadays make portion control easier for me. If I'm served 10 or 15% more than I really want, I tend to eat it all anyway, and be uncomfortably full and unhappy for hours afterwards. But if I'm served 80% or 200% more than I really want, the portion size is so unreasonable that it would be impossible for me to eat it all, so I stop when I'm not hungry any more and eat a reasonable amount.

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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-05 10:45 pm (UTC)
With me, I suspect it is more of an OCD thing. I *know* I will feel bad if I eat it all, both physically and mentally. Yet I still have to do it.

Only technique I've found that works so far is either splitting the food with someone when it arrives or boxing it up quickly. Out of sight, out of mind.

-R
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2007-11-05 07:05 pm (UTC)
Me neither.
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-05 07:08 pm (UTC)
Want to split a Binion's Reuben in August?

-R
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2007-11-05 07:14 pm (UTC)
Just like I never leave food on my plate, I don't split food either. Unless, I'm finished and you're still eating and I start stealing your fries.
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-05 07:31 pm (UTC)
Ok. I'll rephrase that.

Make sure you schedule a time to be near me when I am getting a Reuben at BARGE and I will give you half of it.

-R
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2007-11-05 08:39 pm (UTC)
You'll be so hungry by the time barge rolls around I'm not getting my fingers near your food.
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-05 08:43 pm (UTC)
Nah. My stomach has shrunk down. Your tootsies are safe.

-R
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