Dungeon of Dining

Above me are various shades of fluorescent stick bulbs illuminating the sickly yellow painted cinder block walls and the vomitorium green floor. No natural light enters this chamber reeking of Ramen noodle meals from the 20th Century. Faces are stark, no one stays for long.

It reminds me of the Texas prison camp I visited in 1967 for a civics class requirement, the one with large galvanized garbage cans used as cooking pots. Or a morgue, one I wouldn't be caught alive in.

This is the abysmal ambiance of the break room at the Art Institute of Chicago. Nakedly nauseating, without even a framed poster of past exhibits in sight, this is the dungeon of dining for employees and volunteers who bring brown bagged lunches.  Inside the marvelous museum, where the shades carefully chosen for exhibition walls are vetted with care, to find oneself in a room that no curator worth their MFA could stomach is very sad.

Not all break rooms are so awful. The Field Museum's volunteer room has the comforting rich browns of a cozy library. At Save the Children employees overlooked the river in Westport CT.

But as they say on the airline, I have a choice. So I choose not to eat there again come rain or snow. I'll take a page from Poe, nevermore and take my trade to the every delightful Pret a Manger.

 

 

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    TIMELINE June 1972 to June 1973---Candace moves to Lima (Peru)----- June 1973 to May 1974---Candace and The Husband live in Glendale AZ----- May 1974 to August 1974---Living in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)----- September 1974 to May 1975---Living in Aberdeen SD----- May 1975 to July 1979---Living in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)----- July 1979 to June 1980---Living in Asuncion (Paraguay)----- June 1980 to September 1980---Living in NYC----- September 1980 to November 1982---Living in Connecticut----- November 1982 to January 1983---Living in Ponce, Puerto Rico (USA)----- February 1983 to July 1986---Living in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)----- July 1986 to July 1989---Living in Guayaquil (Ecuador)----- July 1989 to July 1995---Living in Connecticut (yes, again)----- July 1995 to August 2001---Living in Mexico City (Mexico)----- August 2001---Return to Gringolandia (a.k.a. United States of America)----- I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew I met a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, fell in love and moved to Peru in the 1970s. WHAT an adventure it's been!! NOTE: I gave up Facebook, so apologies that I cannot answer any comments since it is only set up via FB.

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