“So what happened next?” Last Saturday on the subway, I found myself accidentally eavesdropping on the group of strangers opposite me. The story being told was so compelling that I (almost) missed my stop in an attempt to hear the end.
A couple days ago, my girlfriend and I had a debate (let’s call it a discussion) about caffeine. I read that it decreases your appetite. She disagreed, saying that caffeine actually increases our urge to raid the fridge.
I stared at the sea of snow around me. White as far as the eye could reach. A blank, empty landscape. It was exhilarating at first. No one ahead, no one tailing or overtaking me. Unencumbered, I was completely alone.
It was a hot, muggy day in Shanghai and I was waiting to buy a bagel. The line was long. Everyone was eager for their carb fix. Finally, I reached the counter and pulled out a crisp 50-yuan bill. The cashier’s face dropped. He scowled as he counted out my change. When I grabbed my breakfast and turned to leave, the woman behind me snorted. Nearly everyone was staring with a mix of contempt and irritation.