I am taking a poll at work. The poll is tied. You all get to be Florida. Or the Rules Committee, whoever.
Here's what happened: Friends #2 (Hot Mom / Libby) and #3 (Marcia) and I went to lunch at Pei Wei (cheap P.F. Changs). My chopped Chinese salad came out a bit late, so I was still eating when the Friends finished up.
#2 was talking about her genius twins, and #3 reached into her purse and pulled out a little bobbin of something. "Huh," I thought, as she began unspooling some thread off the bobbin. Then she snapped the thread ... and began WINDING the ends of the thread around the index fingers OF BOTH HANDS in the manner of someone who was about to floss her teeth.
"Is she about to daintily garrote Friend #2?" I thought with alarm. And then Friend #3 opened her maw. And flossed.
My jaw dropped, and thankfully I didn't have any food in my mouth, because it would have spilled out, and I suppose that would have been disgusting.
Friend #3 didn't notice my look of horror at first, then abruptly interrupted her flossing to mouth "Bite Me." Friend #2 knows what it is to be polite and didn't want to make #3 uncomfortable, so she didn't make a fuss.
I made a fuss. On my white-board at work I have posted the question:
"Is it acceptable for MARCIA to floss her teeth at the table at Pei Wei? _____Yes No_____"
Marcia appended, "*If there is broccoli and MARCIA is among friends and she doesn't want to interrupt Libby's story so that MARCIA can floss in the bathroom?"
Still, the score stands at five (ONLY five!) tally marks to five (GOD! Five!) tally marks.
The anti-floss faction feels very strongly. I keep having to urge them to only vote once. (Marcia, so you know, your mentor feels this is a reflection on his mentoring.)
On the other hand, the pro-flossing faction tends to respond, "Well, you know sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, and depending on the company ... Whatever."