Day after day we plead with the kids to eat the [generally delicious] food on their plates. The current list of non-eaten foods includes marinara sauce for spaghetti, any soup, any stir-fry, most vegetables, and so on. So there I was (without them, it should be noted) and I ate only what I wanted. But in my defense, there were about 7 other dishes that I tried. I was a bit full when I learned that the dish was cow tendon. So maybe not so gross. But why eat meat-like products when meat is available, right?
In this case, I wondered, how is it that I'm much less conservative than my coworkers? After a bit of self-reflection, I have my answer. The kids have done their utmost to grind it out of me. We put food on their plates in the hope that they'll try it. They don't. I request them to try it. They don't. I say, why don't you try some? They generally don't. I say, how about eating 3 bites? They eventually try 1. Then I have to decide if 1 bite is enough [to get dessert later, my only negotiating chip] or if I want to push for all 3. Sometimes a child takes a bite but something is wrong with the food so she spits it out.
Maybe you're wondering if this attitude has affected our home energy usage? Well, I'm much less passionate about it than I was. So I'm currently not pushing hard. However, I think we're still doing okay, as this month's data shows.
I waited about a week before contacting the seller. Was it still available? You bet. So within the hour I was driving it home. Within a week, I took off some parts and put my spares on, plus some new barend shifters. Behold, the purple GT: