Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Howlina - Meals

I thought I would like to talk about meals and how they have them in Howlina.

Of course they have resturants, and they also eat at home.  Most homes grow herbs and vegetables in thier own gardens, and becaue there aren't a lot of comercial vegetable growers, so do most resturants.

For the most part Howlers eat at home more than go out.  They eat out less than most other first world nations.

While I was trying to determine when they ate I looked up when sunrise and sunset would be at 32 degrees South.

Winter Solstice sunrise/set 07:21 - 17:24
Summer Solstice sunrise/set 06:18-20:34

The normal workday for Howlers is 9:00-18:00 (by the way, they use the 24 hour clock and meteric system).

School is universally from 08:00-15:00 children are expected to eat breakfast and dinner with their family.

Here is the meal breakdown:

Breakfast 07:00-08:00 - full and with family
Lunch 11:00-12:00 - light and at desk or sack
Dinner 15:00-16:00 - full, social meal w/children if able or w/ coleagues (often this is a business meal)
Supper 19:00-20:00

Supper is considered a sacred family meal and cannot be violated, no calls, no meetings.  The time can be flexible from family to family (based on work schedules and such) with families announcing their suppertime and blocking it off.  It is very common to see signs on houses stating their Suppertime, and most people put that as part of their answer on their voicemail.  

Fancy fundraising meals, "dinner theatre" and such is done at dinner and is expected to end in time for people to get back to their families for supper.  

Wedding receptions do take place at suppertime, but that is because weddings are a celebration of family.  

Volunteer meetings can take place before or after supper, and younger people often go out dancing and "partying" after supper.   This leads to a split between entertainment pre-supper and post-supper.  Clearly pre-supper entertainment is what Americans would call good clean family fun.  The naughty stuff all happens after supper. 

Conversely, strictly business happens pre-supper while family comfort activities like family games, reading and sitting by the fire happen post-supper.

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