02 February 2010

10 moo

i think it's a pretty well-established fact that i am fueled by calcium and caffeine.

the other day, when KBG asked how much milk i drink and i responded 5 gallons in 2 weeks, she gasped, stunned. her surprise surprised me. because this tally didn't even include the 2 gallons every week for work. which brings my household to a grand total of 9 gallons of milk per fortnight. which still didn't seem so shocking to me until i began to ponder.

9 gallons per two weeks. that's 34 liters. 1,152 fluid ounces. approximately 72 pounds give or take. a number that still doesn't really hit home, doesn't quite seem real. like those bloated death tolls. like gettysburg. just as there is simply no way to wrap one's mind around the fact that 51,000 men could die in 3 days, it is equally impossible to imagine that my bi-weekly milk consumption equates to 9 newborns of an average birth-weight. but i will admit that is shocking.

10 comments:

Les Savy Ferd said...

you had to go and include the newborns metaphor, didn't you.

oline said...

what other metaphors are there?

s.h.e. said...

Aside from the newborns comparison, do you realize that you nearly consume 1 ton of milk in a given year? 1 TON?! I don't know how you do it. One bowl of cereal sends my innards into a conniption fit.

oline said...

maybe this is why i gravitate to people who are either lactose intolerant or hate dairy. i am drinking for them all.

Lara Ehrlich said...

ew! you drink newborns!

oline said...

not like that!

Les Savy Ferd said...

can't remember the last time i had a glass of melk.

oline said...

11:13.

Les Savy Ferd said...

11.13... 98?

oline said...

i was actually speaking for myself as i was drinking a glass of milk while responding.