I’m one of those snobs who generally likes to talk about how things (mass transit, coffee, pears, olive oil, newspapers) are better in foreign countries. But I make an exception for “greek yogurt,” which I first had years ago while abroad (it was called “turkish yogurt” but it was the same thing), which I don’t like very much. But one of my ThinkProgress colleagues has a much more serious problem. Henceforth, an anonymized version of the team’s group Skype chat on the subject:
CAPSTER ONE: you know what i hate?
but Girlfriend X thinks i like it
Matt Yglesias: that sucks
CAPSTER ONE: so she keeps buying it for me
CAPSTER TWO: Greek yogurt hates you
Matt Yglesias: greek yogurt is bullshit
CAPSTER ONE: and then i have to eat it
CAPSTER THREE: Yeah, that is not really very good.
CAPSTER ONE: and pretend it was great
Matt Yglesias: why don’t you just tell her?
CAPSTER ONE: can’t
the schirade has gone on too long
Matt Yglesias: why not?
CAPSTER ONE: years
CAPSTER THREE: I would just tell her.
CAPSTER FOUR: i like it
This is what Thoreau had in mind when he wrote about lives of quiet desperation.