This is just another rambling post about my thought process. While jogging today, it was gum. I am a gum hater. It's the first thing to go when I rule the world. Then poverty, disease, and war.
There's a man I avoid at the gym because he pops his gum when he starts getting winded. My earphones can block the constant chewing, but not the pops. I'm a bit ridiculous about this, I know. The first day of classes I inevitably sat by the gum chewer, but from there on out, made sure to have a three person gap between us. That seemed to be the sound barrier--three people. It's to the point I can peg the loud chewers before they even start.
Then I remembered an Oprah show I saw a few years ago. They casually mentioned gum and Oprah went off. (She hates it too!) She said it's like watching people chew a piece of meat for hours. Somehow the world wasn't affected by her statement. What? She can get people to all go out and buy the 'perfect white t-shirt' and read all the same books, but she can't get people to stop chewing gum with their mouths open?
Amidst the thought train, I was watching the news on one of the TV's. They were following a post man around to see how he deals with the freezing weather we've been experiencing. (Slooow news day, yes.) He said he chews gum to keep his face warm. So now I'm torn. The thermometer said it was 4 degrees. Hmm...