Omar ranted about how much it repulses him to see bare feet near food. Let's say you're having a picnic on the beach. You sit in a circle, with sandwiches lying on a blanket in the sand between your feet. This would drive Omar to madness.
LG: "What if the feet are clean?"
Omar: "That doesn't matter."
LG: "What if you're not planning to eat the food?"
Omar: "That doesn't matter either."
LG: "Do you drink wine?" [since wine = grapes stomped by bare feet]
I had to laugh at this, because Omar drinks more wine than anyone else I know.
(Omar, holding one of the many wine-related gifts we got him during the Desktop days.)
Omar confirmed to LG that he does drink wine. But because he doesn't see the actual feet in question, stomping the grapes, he is not bothered.
LG: "Does your disgust depend on distance between the feet and the food?"
Omar: "Yes, it's proportional to the distance."
LG: "So what if I have food on the table, and then I cross my legs below the table, with one foot right below the part of the table holding the food?"
Omar: [laughing] "That's okay. The table acts as a visual barrier."
LG: "What if it's a glass table?"
At this point, I collapsed in mirth. Because pointless Q & A is awesome. One of the most enjoyable activities I can imagine is to make up a hypothetical scenario and then endlessly analyze every aspect of it.
On Desktop, we used to joke about eating our intern Mark: what type of sauce we'd cook him with (bolognese vs. cream), whether we'd boil vs. stew vs. bake, the side dishes we'd eat him with. I loved these conversations.
I think someone should create a Geek Board Game. It will come in a box which contains only an hourglass and a packet of cards. The players will divide into three teams. On each turn, the teams draw a card. Each card will contain a question, such as:
"You are going to cook and eat your intern. What cooking style should you use?"
"If your team were stranded on a desert island and had to resort to cannibalism, what algorithm would you use to decide the order in which to eat people?"
"You are invited to two parties at the same time: one with neutral people, and one with 80% annoying people and 20% awesome people. Which should you attend to maximize enjoyment?
Two of the teams compete to come up with the most logical / interesting answer, and the third team acts as judge to cast ballots. The teams take turns judging.
I would buy this game!!