I was in a Starbucks in downtown Seattle today and they were playing their usual music track when something terrible happened. They played an elevator music version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." That is just wrong on so many levels. First of all, grunge made into elevator music is just not right. This implies that it is old music and I am not old. No no no. Not only that, but "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is basically the grunge anthem. Angry, angst filled young people sang it at the top of their lungs - and now it is elevator music? The blasphemy part is that a Seattle company - Starbucks - was playing this travesty, in a Seattle espresso shop, just a few blocks from where the band played some of its first shows. A Seattle music movement, a Seattle band, and a Seattle coffee shop playing an elevator music disaster. If I was in a grocery store in another state, for example, I would have just been saying that the song was wrong. For Starbucks, of all companies, to have that song on its play list should be against the law.
If you are a parent of a child who attends public school in Washington, and if you have even a vague recollection of the food pyramid , you probably will have noticed that the lunches that are served in school cafeterias are frequently at odds with the rules of good nutrition. The school is not wrong, however. They have just re-defined words and you are not keeping up. Pop quiz: Cheese belongs to what food group? *bzzz* - wrong. You said that cheese was in the diary food group , right? No! Pbth! How boringly accurate of you. Cheese magically transforms into a protein when it is served on pizza or in a bread stick! I know that you may be dubious, but I contacted Wendy Barkley, RD, who is the Acting Supervisor of School Nutrition Programs in the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and she assured me that it is so. To quote her email to me: " Pizza remains an option for schools for their menus. The cheese on pizza is counted as a protein in t