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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Equal Parents do 'Let's Dish!'
So, the other day Amy and I decided to try one of those new dinner prep services. You know, those places where you sign up to make a bunch of dinners and then show up and scoop out all the ingredients into baggies and freeze them for quick meals on busy weeknights. Where we live, the dominant chain is called 'Let's Dish!' and so off we went. We got my parents to stay with the kids, so it instantly felt like a date of sorts.

The whole experience was really fun. Not for everyday, since the cost of meals is still more than if you bought regular groceries. But entertaining, well-run, and reasonably priced compared to take-out or a restaurant meal. However, as we donned our aprons and head scarves, I began to notice that I was the only guy in the place. As the 'date' progressed, I also noticed the bold, friendly signage that made fun of men and their inability to cook. Then, several other patrons started to make me feel...let's say, unique. 'I wish my husband would come here with me' or 'My husband wouldn't leave the TV to come here' or (to Amy) 'He's cute - and he cooks too?' were some of their comments.

We had a great time - and Amy got to be reminded of my talents and great beauty. But this little event reminded both of us that there will be times and places that make an equally sharing guy a bit uncomfortable still. I can't blame the store for marketing to its target audience - women - but I can take one for the team and forge ahead through their doors to do my stereotype-busting part. I think I'll be back...

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