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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Bite of Life

posted by on June 26 at 15:42 PM

Last night I saw a terribly old man eating a meal at the Pause Bar and Restaurant in Portland. My eyes could not leave the sight of this man. I was mesmerized by the slowness with which he ate his food. He was not only slow, but also shook the loose flesh of his cheeks as he chewed. And what he chewed was a of lot food: a hamburger, a pile of thick fries, a green salad, and a piece of pie. Despite his slowness, he ate it all. Not a single crumb escaped his miserable method of eating—a form of eating that had nothing to do with pleasure and everything to do with existence. He was eating to live and become even older than he already was. This old man had a hard bite on life. He was not going to let go so easily. His bite on existence was like a dog biting a rock.

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Ah Charles, remember, someday you too will be a lonely old man sitting in a restaurant trying to get down a decent meal with a mouthful of fake teeth, probable gastroenteritis, and irritable bowel syndrome to boot.

If you're really lucky, you won't have some arrogant youth staring rudely at you for your entire meal, wishing you would die because he doesn't approve of the way you masticate.

But, if the rest of us are really lucky, perhaps you will...

Posted by COMTE | June 26, 2007 4:09 PM

His bite on existence was like a dog biting a rock.

Thanks be. The whimsy and formative exposition of the mundane, Mudede's trademark, ney hallmark of compositional rationality, remains intact.

Mudede is in the game, but the game seems to be Portland. That explains the Beniot post. Away games put even the best at a disadvantage.

It all makes sense.

Posted by The Peanut Gallery | June 26, 2007 4:12 PM

The old guy has made peace with his mortality, I bet. May we all get there.

Posted by homage to me | June 26, 2007 4:17 PM

COMTE - You'll be right about the same number of years older too, heh.

The post made me think of my friend's old, old cat, who my friend thought had already died a few times in the last month but somehow continues to rally against the inevitable.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 26, 2007 4:22 PM

True Lloyd, but the odds are very good I will still have all my teeth by then.

Posted by COMTE | June 26, 2007 4:25 PM

The problem with this post is neither its subject nor the writer but with one "judgemental" word: "miserable." For all you know, Charles, that old man was enjoying himself a dog biting a rock [great line!]

Posted by Ronald | June 26, 2007 4:26 PM

roland, my writing is a mess of quotes. the last line references a line from Nietzsche's Human All Too Human: The "bite" of conscience is like a dog biting on a stone.

Posted by charles | June 26, 2007 4:34 PM

charles writes in a collage of quotes...oh boy.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 26, 2007 4:38 PM

If, COMTE, you avoid the rock-salted rock cod with ground block pepper.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 26, 2007 4:48 PM

Oh sure, and I supposed you'd have me lay off the Rocky Road ice cream, and the Atlantic rock crab as well.

But you'll never make me give up Rock-and-Rye on-the-rocks.

Posted by COMTE | June 26, 2007 4:56 PM

But Charles ... dogs don't bite rocks to survive.

They do it because they're stupid.

Posted by Sam | June 26, 2007 4:57 PM

Charles, all this anxiety around old people can only mean one thing - you are having a midlife crisis.

No worries, this condition is easily remedied with a visit to your friendly neighborhood brothel.

Posted by Sean | June 26, 2007 5:37 PM

Re Nietzsche:

Despite his cool name and philosophical flair, Friedrich Nietzsche died a virgin.

I ask you, Charles, what could a someone who hasn't experienced the human condition possibly teach us about it?

Posted by Sean | June 26, 2007 5:43 PM

>his miserable method of eating—a form of eating that had nothing to do with pleasure and everything to do with existence

Is existence miserable? Then what IS pleasure? Pleasurable? Damn, now I'm hungry....

Posted by Confused & Dumb | June 26, 2007 5:46 PM

why the fuck would a dog bite a rock? every time i think charles has written the most pointless, inane thing he possibly can, he underwhelms with yet another piece of drivel.

Posted by unintelligible black man | June 26, 2007 9:56 PM

Who watches people eat? That is just wrong.

Posted by lawrence clark | June 27, 2007 3:05 AM

Generation D For Donkey

the 17-29 yro demographic? prime Army recruiting demographic... seems like the next president will have a smooth time with that portion of her domestic agenda.

Posted by Phenics | June 27, 2007 9:09 AM

hey... that post of mine doesn't go here!!

Posted by Phenics | June 27, 2007 9:11 AM

"Miserable"? Was he miserable? Or did he eat in a way that did not advance the cause of the proletariat? Help me out here, Chuck.

Posted by Big Sven | June 27, 2007 10:18 AM

miserable is how you feel when you don't realize how good charles' posts really are. get a clue bitches.

Posted by Chuck 4 Life | June 27, 2007 1:55 PM

Please. Please stop it with the old people.

Posted by S.L. | June 27, 2007 2:19 PM

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