There's no shortage of movies about food and restaurant life. I've seen almost all of them, and I relished the chance for a glimpse into a world I longed to join. Being a seasoned woman, I thought I had a pretty good handle of what was real and what was fantasy.
Falling in love with your sous chef the way Katherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhard did in No Reservations? Fantasy.
Setting up a fellow chef up for failure the way Pascal did in Big Night? Possible.
Changing relationships as we age a la Diner? Reality.
I may be naïve. I've never worked in a restaurant - either front of back of the house -- so I filed the sexual antics and the gross vengeances against customers in Waiting as comedy - pure poetic license. But clearly everyone didn't feel the same way.
Last week, I got a text from one of my classmates. I opened the message to find another student flashing "The Goat." (For those of you who haven't seen the movie, it's the most extreme position in the penis-showing game the crew plays to entertain themselves at work.)
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And thus the game began in real life. The next few days were filled with circulating photos of several of the other male students' "junk."
A new twist on of "sexting" I could do without.
I pride myself on being the cool mom - the one who lets my kids put florescent color in their hair and get belly-button piercings at 15. And I smile each time (and silently patted myself on the back) every time one of the younger students tells me they wish they had a mom like me. I never believed in Too Much Information. But it may be time for that to change.