I thought maybe I needed a number two, but apparently it was just a blog post rumbling up from beneath. Here it is:
I had dinner last night at the brilliant Paddyfields
in Balham with my accomplice in eating stuff, Wrisley
. After ordering, we were brought a complimentary dish we hadn't asked for. Our first starter arrived moments later.
"Eat that first. Then eat that." We were told.
So we did.
Then our second starter arrived.
"That first. Then that one. Then that one." Our waiter continued. "That's hot. That's cold."
We did what he said. He was right. It was good.
It reminded me how much fun it was to be told what to do by someone that knows what they're talking about. In terms of food, it frees you from your role as customer and turns you into a pupil. Suddenly you're not just eating, you're learning and you're really tasting.
It reminded me of a guy I work with, Dogg (yes, you read that correctly). He takes part in some kind of military training where an army guy stands on his head and screams at him (amongst other things I hope).
And my old boss, who used to have squash 'lessons' in which his 'instructor' screamed things like "faster you fat cunt" as he shuffled around the court. It was somewhere between a squash lesson and visiting a dominatrix.
Rules are great. Life is boring when we can do anything. So many apps, services, social networks and so on rush around to let us do as much as possible in whichever ways we like.
There are two sides to this (I think - I'm very tired):
1. Relinquishing control means relinquishing responsibility - it frees us to behave in ways we wouldn't normally
2. Being told how to do stuff changes the experience - we're no longer prodding and poking at things in our own way; we're learning and broadening our outlook
What if a community network demanded that you introduce yourself to another member you don't know. Or made a rule that on the first day of every month, everyone had to upload a photo. These are not very inspiring first thoughts, but the sentiment is there. If "they made me do it" then it's ok. I wasn't showing off, or being nosey, or desperate. We are all just playing the game.
I see a vague similarity in this thinking to I'm in like with you
, which creates an environment that demands certain behaviour. It frees people from the ugly side of dating and says: We make the rules. You can relax.
Enough. I don't even know what I'm saying any more. Why isn't tea as good as coffee at waking people up? Isn't it supposed to have more caffein.
Here's two rules for you:
1. You must add a comment to this post
2. You must use the word 'teapot' in it