We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I love restaurants, especially NYC restaurants and bars. Eating at home is a bummer for everybody unless it's something special, or Thai take-out, but this is hilarious (h/t Althouse): The 44 worst people in every restaurant
45. The guy who takes a picture of his lunch and posts it to social media.
I wouldn't mind if it was something nice they had fixed themselves, but nobody needs to see a photo of the Palak Paneer you just bought for lunch. Militantly liberal men seem to do this the most - I suspect to impress armpit hair girls with their multi-culti food choices.
Although eating at restaurants all the time will result in weight gained. When you cook at home you know what's in the food, can adjust recipes to lighten them up, and also gain life skills. One of the reasons so many people are obese is that they never learned how to cook!
I disagree about eating at home being a bummer. My wife prepares better meals than any restaurant we could conceivably afford (and some that we couldn't afford but got gift certificates too). Whenever we go out someplace even marginally fancy we end up looking at the bill and saying "we paid this for that?!" Talk about a bummer...
Take a cooking class or find a better girlfriend. Eating at home with loved ones is one of God's great blessings. In a cruel and stressful world, my family know that they can always count on a delicious home cooked dinner and lively discussion around the table. With all my many faults, I enjoy showing my love for them by feeding their bodies and spirits with good home cooking. They all prefer it to restaurants, even if Mom herself can be a drag at times.
(yikes, I sound like that awful Minnesota whiny mom on last Saturday's Prairie Homs Companion!)
Nevertheless, eating out is expensive, wastes time, isn't conducive to private or thoughtful conversation, and is unhealthy in the long run. We eat out on occasional birthdays for ideas for new things to cook, and when we travel. But having lived in the city and seen the state of many restaurant kitchens, and the health status of many restaurant workers, give me home food any day.
Yes, it's tough for those who haven't learned how to cook, but why not? it's so easy and fun a cave man could do it...Also, the kind of woman who makes a good wife and mom often prefers men who can cook for them, at least one or two romantic menus...Far more winning than an expensive and indigestible meal out. Gold diggers want you to take them to the hot spots, but they don't care about YOU.