I was hanging around in court this morning waiting to speak to the Assistant District Attorney about continuing some cases and I was chatting to a fellow Paralegal who I have known for years and I consider a friend. She always comes to me for advice when she has to do something that is unfamiliar for her and I can always rely on her to take time out of her day to come and be a second witness for a will signing should I need it. As we chatted I asked her how things were and she said this “well it’s a nightmare, we are having the kitchen remodeled right now and it is taking far longer than the contractor told us it would but you know the granite countertops we wanted weren’t in stock so they took a little while longer, but it seems to be taking forever, I mean I DON’T COOK so it really doesn’t matter but I am just tired of all the mess and it is going over the 10K budget”. I hope she didn’t notice the “what the ever loving hell are you talking about” look on my face because two things began running through my mind when she said that. A) Why are you remodeling your kitchen when you don’t cook? Unless you are about to put your house on the market (she wasn’t) there is absolutely no reason to do it because really, it doesn’t matter if your kitchen looks like something out of a 70s diner BECAUSE YOU DON’T USE IT. I mean really, why not spend the money on a vacation, or I don’t know, if you have 10K to blow for no other reason then sponsor some kids in Africa or something, but to blow good money on a kitchen that you will never use? I don’t even know how to handle that kind of news.
It reminded me of a House Hunters episode on HGTV one weekend. There was a young female lawyer who was looking for a home and she was checking out condos. To help her was her best friend. One particular condo was perfect for her, the right amount of bedrooms, bathrooms, and a walk in closet the size of a small house (which appears to be the thing these days), when she got to the kitchen she said “I don’t like the cabinets and I am not a fan of the granite on the counter tops”. Her friend looked at her and said “but you don’t cook, probably the only thing in the kitchen that you would ever use would be the microwave to heat up take out”. The buyer said “Yes I know, but I STILL WANT A NICE KITCHEN”.
Who ARE these people? I mean really who are they? My friend the paralegal who was spending 10K on a kitchen remodel that she will never use and the female lawyer who wants a nice kitchen even though she will never use it?
I cook dinner every night. (Okay I admit on Sunday after a hard day in the garden we ordered Pizza) but I cook dinner almost every night of the week. What is it with these people not cooking, have they forgotten how? Did they ever know how? It appears to me that people in general are losing life skills, and I don’t mean breathing and stuff, I mean basic skills that will keep them alive during a crisis.
Whenever I am flush with money the first thing I buy is food, not shoes, not jewelry, not designer clothes, I buy food. As such my cupboards are stacked with canned goods, I couldn’t get anything more in my freezer if I wanted to. If a Hurricane came through here tomorrow and wiped out the power I would be sitting pretty because I have a boat load of charcoal for my grill and cupboards full of canned food and a generator to keep my freezer cold. I wonder how these people who “never cook” would cope when all of the restaurants in town are closed and they have no way to get food?
It really is no way to go through life, particularly with climate change hammering us more and more with catastrophic storms. I am not one of those “Doomsday Preppers” but I am smart enough to know that an ability to cook and a supply of food is the smart way to go.