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Are you Snap, Crackle or Pop?

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Last Edited: September 19, 2006, 7:51 pm

Lately there have been a lot of blog topics on various groups of people. Politically you have your Liberals and Conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, Right Wing and Left Wing radicals. Socially there are men who like a good sense of humor or a large set of breasts, women who prefer intelligence or a man with money, and both sexes who enjoy a good set of buttocks. Some people are cat lovers, others are dog lovers and some just don't like animals at all. There just doesn't seem to be a nice melting pot of ideas any more like a good leftover stew. Even a good bouillabaisse or jambalaya would have a hard time finding a place on today's menu in the restaurant of "I'm this, you're that."

What I notice in all of these discussions is the practice of generalizing people into specific groups, politically, socially, sexually and intellectually. This text book way of rating people reminds me of the nature programs I watch where I learn about the mating and breeding habits of wildlife. I mean, we all know that giant turtles lay their eggs in the sand and then the little hatchlings dig their way out and scurry to the sea, hoping to avoid hungry predators. So if someone put you in a room with 100 other humans, are you bound to think, walk, talk and feel the same way as some of them? Maybe, maybe not.

This thought came to mind today as I wandered down the cereal aisle at the supermarket. So many choices, too little time. I started to wonder about all those different shapes & sizes and why General Mills, Kellogg's and Post offer such a wide variety. Oatmeal is very simple, that is, unless you start getting into all the different instant varieties. Quaker has names like Weight Control, Supreme, Lower Sugar and a new Crunchy oatmeal. I guess this new one is targeted for the multi-tasking crowd, since you are eating both oatmeal and regular cereal at the same time. Add some fruit and I bet you're really pushing the envelope. Then I saw a box that said “Nutrition For Women.” I guess that means it's not really good for men or, if eaten, they'll start retaining water every month. The “Take Heart” variety is supposed to be really good for your heart, so I guess the other oatmeal is full of crap that clogs your arteries.

Anyway, after noticing that in each box of cereal there are different shapes and sizes, some with sugar, nuts or little red berries and others with more fiber than eating carpet, I figured that the cereal people are onto something big. They realize that people enjoy variety and their tastes can run hot & cold, smooth & crunchy, and they often change their minds. In the cereal world, it's really okay to mix the nuts with the berries without starting a war or a revolution and nobody will call you a communist if you happen to slice a banana when you've got the urge. In fact, I think I'll skip the burger and brave a bowl of Crispix for dinner. Call me an iconoclast! 

Entry #4

Comments

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Comment by DoubleDown - September 19, 2006, 9:06 pm
JXP, your little cereal story sounds like a Seinfeld episode to me...

"What's the deal with all these cereals ? I mean, do we REALLY need 15 varities of cheerios" ?... and another thing.... what really is Count Chocula ?
DD...
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emilygComment by emilyg - September 19, 2006, 9:59 pm
gave me a good laugh - and some food (groan) for thought.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - September 19, 2006, 10:02 pm
Wouldn't it be something if we had a "Cereal Nazis" like the Seinfeld episode the "Soup Nazis"   No cereal for you! LOL
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Comment by shalini - September 19, 2006, 11:17 pm
I like the way you write...LOL!
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 20, 2006, 12:43 am
Thanks everyone. By they way, I watched Seinfeld when it first went on the air and I really liked many of the episodes. I thought it was very funny for about 4 or 5 seasons & then grew tired of it. I hate to admit that I never made it to the Soup Nazi. Maybe I'll catch it on reruns. Sorry. However, I really appreciate the comments. It was actually Rick's blog on what men really want (or was that what women really want?) that prompted this blog entry. I had answered that physical appearance is important to me, but that makes me sound superficial, doesn't it? I think it would be next to impossible for me to put a finger on what I find interesting in another person, just like I can't put all my personal & political ideas into one paragraph. Guess that's what I was trying to say, except when I start to write I either get very serious or very silly. This time I got silly. Oh, the Crispix was on sale last week (buy one/get one free.) Otherwise cereal would be way out of my budget! $4 bucks for cereal? Are they hiding winning lottery numbers in those boxes? :-)
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truecriticComment by truecritic - September 20, 2006, 7:12 am
It's funny how we do that...including me. A tangible box of cereal at $4 isn't worth it. Yet 4 pieces of paper with numbers on them that will never be eaten and later worthless is somehow worth it. lol
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 20, 2006, 8:00 am
nutrition for the mind
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Comment by DoubleDown - September 20, 2006, 8:53 am
You have to see the soup nazi episode...
priceless....
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 20, 2006, 4:37 pm
True Critic, that is so very true. My neighbor smokes and drinks and then wonders how I can afford cable tv. I'm sure her 2 packs a day cost a lot more than my monthly cable bill. So it comes back to the common saying "It's all relative." DD, I will keep my eyes open. If you see it listed, let me know and I'll try to catch it on the tube. Mike, I use the excuse that it's "medicinal" because if I ever stop playing my numbers and they come up, I will definitely get very, very sick.
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Comment by Rip Snorter - September 20, 2006, 9:47 pm
Nice blog, justx. Revolutionary stuff.
Jack

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