It’s another Monday in the kitchen. The weekend rush is over, now its time to get to work organising the kitchen for the week ahead, to restock the cold room and unpack the largest, bulkiest delivery of the week, which is comprised of dry goods and long holding products, like cheese. The washing machine is on the fritz and the frier needs and oil change too but thats enough mundane detail from the life we chose to live. As thrilled as I know you are to hear it.
I’m joined by Tommy Gun the cool Kiwi who is slicing very ripe tomatoes as I unpack the delivery. Now join me as I run my knife along the packing tape of a box to reveal a collection of goats cheese logs…
I pick up the perfectly round cylinder and flip in in my palm, slapping it down on the bench to grab Toms attention.
“What do you think of this Goats Cheese we’re using?”
Tom shot me a downcast look, “Not great bro, I don’t really dig it hey”
“Yeah there’s something about it, hey. Its not right”
“Yeah its shitty alright” I roll another roll onto the bench
“You know what it tastes like? Its like a goats cheese made by a robot in a some kind of, not too distant, dystopian future where automation has progressed to a point where all food production has been taken over by robots.”
“Yeah, its got no soul!” Tommy exclaimed excitedly.
“And it tastes like plastic too… Cheap though.” I say, with a resigned shrug.
I bundle up the rolls and grab some other bits and make my way to the cool room. Outside the clouds are rolling in, creeping over the sunshine. A few customers are walking up the steps, two by two. Another trucks pulled in with the fruit and veg. He’s fudging about in the back of the truck, no doubt somethings missing, I’ll deal with that the on the way back in…
Across the road the last rays of light hit the ocean as the traffic begins to back up through the intersection.
And I step off the steamy street, into the cool air of the walk-in.
It takes a lot of neglect to kill an aloe vera plant. I came pretty close. I neglected them until they turned brown and rubbery. Sitting in the shade next to a 6 pack of bottles stuffed with cigarette buts. Ants crawling all over them.
The ants had been getting busy for a few weeks. Thick air. Storms were coming.
I dragged those pots from the patio onto the lawn and took my seat on the patio. Brown Aloe Vera wont help my sunburn much. No sir.
The heavens opened for a week straight.
Purple flashes against black skies. The crackle of the McDonald drive-through and a light rain hitting my feet.
Day after day.