Whitewashed board table? Check.
Ironic silverware? Check, check. (Why are there two spoons? And why is one spotty? Is it artfully tarnished?)
Shallow depth of field? Check.
Herbs strewn about? Check.
Here's how this would play out in real life:
Sunny: Hey, Bitter. I made some shallot and thyme mashed potatoes. Would you like to try some? I brought two spoons.
Bitter: Try some? I shallot once.
Bitter: I don't have thyme to explain.
Sunny: But you do have thyme, on your rustic burlap place mat.
Bitter: Good point. No, grate point. Want to spoon after we eat?
Sunny: God damn it.
Bitter: Hey, Sunny. Why are you such a fucking slob?
Janis once witnessed another vendor's child put boogers on the grill pan in that vendor's food booth, and then watched the other vendor scrape the boogers off with a spatula and continue to use the unwashed, boogery spatula. It was such a traumatic experience for her that she told all employes that cautionary tale, and then explained her "Clean Surfaces" policy. The Clean Surfaces policy was inspired by an Absolutely Fabulous episode in which Edina's minimalist friend is coming to stay, and Edina rambles the following while frantically trying to clean her pig sty flat:
When one has been through Eugene Saturday Market Pizza Booth Boot Camp, one can't unlearn one's training. CLEAN SURFACES.
*Not her real name.
Dr. Paul Farmer said, "The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world." This week we witnessed two tragic examples of that idea. Madyson Middleton and Cecil the lion were enjoying themselves outside, minding their own business, when they were both hunted and killed by sociopaths, purely for the sociopaths' pleasure. Madyson's life mattered, Cecil's life mattered, and their deaths matter. We mark your passing and we hope some light of awareness and kindness will be sparked by your loss.