Tharish tells me Sushi Zanmai. I say OK. Sure. I get there at 7:45 PM and naturally, there’s a queue. I text Tharish:
"All motherfuckers be like we want sushi"
I honestly don’t know why I sometimes text like that, but I suspect it might have a thing or two to do with Thug Notes.
Anyway, Tharish arrives and we wait. And wait. And then we get a table next to these two fancy looking dames.
I order eel and tuna and salmon sushi, like a real G. Tharish, she orders vegetarian. Call me old-fashioned, but it’s not sushi unless the thing on it used to be a living, breathing thing.
So we wait. We wait and wait. The fancy dames next to us also wait. We wait and wait, and then we get our sushi. Tharish takes a bite of her not-sushi sushi, looks up at me, and says — “You know the problem with most relationships? People expect to get way more than they’re willing to give”.
I tell her no, that’s the problem with our society in general.
Me, I can’t scroll down a page on the Internet — any page — without hitting a link or an article about productivity or some life-hack thing. 4-Hour Work Week. 4-Hour Body. 4-Hour Chef. Tim Ferris alone — the fact that he got to publish all these books as often as he did — is a testament to the fact that we, as a people, are obsessed with cutting corners, and that, unfortunately, may lead to the collapse of society as we know it.
I ask the waiter to refill my green tea (because it’s RM1 with unlimited refills and I’m trying to get the most out of my RM1). Tharish refills hers too. The fancy dames next to us, they snap at the waiter and tell him to cancel their order because they’ve been waiting 40 mins for it. The waiter, he apologizes and tells them he’ll check with the kitchen and they can get their food at no charge. They say no — presumably out of principle — and ask for the bill instead.
Tharish and I, we look at each other. She’s probably thinking the fancy dames could’ve been a little nicer to the waiter. The fancy dames, they’re probably thinking — “it’s the principle, goddammit!”
And me, I’m thinking there’s still hope for us as a society.