FREE MASH

A man just offered to give me some free mashed potato.

I was in EAT near Covent Garden and had ordered one of the pies. He asked if I also wanted mash and gravy, and I said no because the mash in EAT is always a bit gluey in texture, and I don’t like eating from those cardboard boxes as the sides are too high and you have to adopt a more vertical approach to eating than is ideal.

He put the pie on a plate, which instantly removed one of my reasons for refusing mash, and I considered having mash after all.

Then he offered me the mash for free.

Now, there are several possible explanations for this:

  • He might have wanted to have sex with me and was attempting to seduce me with mash.
  • He might have taken pity on me, thinking I was a poor wretch who can’t afford his own mash.
  • He might have seen the doubt in my face when I was reconsidering my mash position, but sensed that I was a proud man who would not want to admit I was wrong, and decided to reframe the situation so I would not look foolish.
  • They were about to close and he had a load of mash to get rid of.

Had I accepted the mash, then I could have accidentally encouraged his sexual interest in me; made myself look like I was a charity case; or announced that I was a proud fool unwilling to back down over even the simplest of things.

I did not accept the free mash.

As I carried my tray over to one of the many free tables, I watched the staff begin to clear up. I sat down. Tables around me were wiped clean. Containers holding sachets of condiments were replenished. The chiller cabinets of cold drinks were refilled. People were being turned away at the door. Of the four possible explanations for the free mash offer, the “they were about to close” option looked increasingly likely.

I had thought myself out of some free mash. Fortunately, I wasn’t that hungry, and it would probably have been gluey anyway.

Advertisements

4 Comment on “FREE MASH

  1. Pingback: An explanation of my absence, and my version of the ‘personal float’ | Aethelread the Unread

  2. Pingback: NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH | JAMES WARD: I LIKE BORING THINGS

  3. Pingback: POTATOES | JAMES WARD: I LIKE BORING THINGS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: