Day 17 - We Have An Office Kitchen
I was standing in it this morning and it occurred to me how strange that is. It’s not like we have a room with a table and a refrigerator in it; we have a stove and microwave, a full size sink and cupboards full of food. This is a place of business, not a cafeteria. For the most part, no one is eating breakfast or dinner here. No one is cooking huge meals. And despite all of that, when someone built this office building, they were sure to include a full kitchen.
In an earlier post, I commented on how this experiment made me think about food differently, and how it made me see that food is often far less about sustenance and far more about the social and psychological aspect of our day.
The kitchen serves no meaningful business purpose, but it is where you can find people casually milling about and drinking a cup of coffee. It’s where (through sheer force of will) people sing happy birthday when appropriate. It’s where we cook special lunches on big holidays. It’s where you can just sit and read a newspaper without being heckled when you should probably be doing work. It’s the most comfortable room of the office.