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DP: 32 Flavors

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Daily Prompt for 32 Flavors; Vanilla, Chocolate, or something else entirely.

When I joined the Navy in 2000, I had unknowingly become an anthropologist. Little did I know, that 10 years later, I would set out to go to college to become one, an anthropologist. An anthropologist studies humans and their origins, race, culture, societies, development, and a list of other things. There are 4 fields in Anthropology – Cultural, Physical, Linguistic, Archaeology.

Most of those in the military, especially the Navy, are unaware of their involvement as an anthropologist or that they are in a way more than diplomatic ambassadors, but they are also anthropologist. They travel to foreign countries as part of their duties, eat food from another country, talk to someone in their home country, shop in another country, walk around on soil that is foreign to them; it is all about submerging themselves into another person’s culture or society. I’m like a sponge, I love to soak it all in.

Before we pulled into port, we would have an idea of the things that we could see and do. A group of people are sent out before we pulled into port to find things that would be entertaining. Plus, they would locate the areas that weren’t safe for us and let us know. They would have tours set up and ready for us, names of a few places we could visit, and names of the shopping plazas nearby, as well as passing out a few maps of the city we were pulling into, and most importantly, they would bring bankers on board so we could exchange our currency.

The first thing some of us would look for once we got on dry land is food. It isn’t unusual to find a McD’s in most of the places we pull into and since some personnel are accustomed and habited to eating there, that’s the first place, and sometimes the only place that they’ll head to for sustenance. I actually look for something local, as I’m not bothered in trying new food. I especially looked forward to touring Italy and eating oven baked pizza and home made pasta. I even had the pleasure of eating tiramisu while I was in Italy, to which I loved immensely. Next thing I had to try was Italian coffee, then gelato.

I believed I spoiled myself, that when I came back home to the states, it was something that I searched for. Olive Garden was as close as I could get to Italian food, but I had some trouble finding Greek food, unless I traveled out of my way.

There were a few things that I tried overseas that I didn’t like; camel meat is on the top of my list to never try again, Greek burgers aren’t anything like American burgers, and I’m not sure what kind of burger meat I ate in Portugal. I’ve heard that camel is an acquired taste, or that the person who served it didn’t cook it right. To put it in the daily prompt’s words, it was definitely “something else entirely”.

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Biology project and power outages

Yesterday I was going to blog about a project I was working on in Biology, but the electricity was out for most of the day. I had stayed up late working on my Biology project, I have two, both due on the same day. Both of them having to do with food. The first project requires me to record a weeks worth of food, everything that I consume, food and drink, from the time that I get up, to the time I go to bed. Then, go to a website and enter the information. The website then gives me a list of information, such as calories, sodium, protein, percentage of grains, vegetables, fruit, etc. I’m to take that information to another website for it to total it up for my project. After I have all this done, I’m to write at least a two page report talking about what I thought about this project, what I got out of it, and my conclusion.

The second project I have to work on, is to eat out at five different fast food restaurants. The first project I really enjoyed and was very easy, but this project doesn’t sound too pleasing to me at all. I don’t mind eating fast food now and then, but having to do this for a school project? I’m surrounded by every fast food restaurant imaginable, but not all of them has a list of healthy food on their menu.

Going back to the one website, I added the list of food I ate that day and was depressed by the numbers staring back at me from the computer screen. I had went over the sodium levels, the empty calories, the saturated fats, the daily calorie intake. It’s amazing what eating fast food will do to a person. I could not imagine eating fast food on a daily basis.

I looked at the clock which read twenty minutes after midnight. I printed out part of my homework and set it aside to finish the next day, which would be Sunday. I got up Sunday morning and got my daughter and I ready to go to the store. My grandmother went off to church. I wasn’t in Walmart for ten minutes when the power went out. I continued to shop thinking the power would come back on, but a lady had came down the aisle telling us that everyone is being forced to leave.

I didn’t have but two items in my hand, but checked out anyway. I texted a friend as soon as I got to my car and told him about the power outage. He texted me back saying that my county has about 7000 people without power all due to the weather. It was really windy out and was sprinkling. It didn’t rain until later that night. I ended up driving to the Walmart in the next town over and picking up McDonald’s on the way home. My house was really dark when we got home. The power was out for almost five hours.

We have a small battery powered lantern, some flashlights, and some hurricane lamps, but I’m thinking about investing in more battery powered lamps and stocking up on batteries. With winter quickly approaching, I’m sure we’ll have more power outages in the very near future.