My students find out fairly early in a semester that I enjoy coffee and chocolate. Occasionally when I remind them that they are welcome to come by my office for help or just to chat, I tell them (semi-)jokingly that they don't even have to bring coffee or dark chocolate.
At final exam time earlier this month I updated my status on Facebook — "Rob Loach is *languishing* in his office right now, listening to almost 40 mp3s - French oral finals - and hoping some merciful person will drop by with a cup of coffee or some dark chocolate...." And within 10 minutes there was a knock on my door! One of my German students had shown up with both coffee and dark chocolate for me! And a few minutes later a former student showed up with dark chocolate! Neither of them had anything to gain, other than to see an old man smile. I claim that verse, "...You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2 - ESV)
At this stage of life and health, I can allow myself to enjoy coffee and chocolate only in a limited fashion. If I overdo it, I suffer some unpleasant consequences. Therefore I drink more decaf than regular. And when I indulge in chocolate, I savor every morsel.
As I looked at my tag cloud in the sidebar of my blog, I realized that, though I've done nine posts on coffee, I have done only one post on chocolate. In my files I found a list of chocolate rules that I thought my readers would enjoy.
The Rules of Chocolate
If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices, and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car.
The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
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