The Liquid Diet, Day 11
Though you may not have noticed this time (there was less general bitching on Facebook and Twitter), I had another surgery on Friday. Thankfully, this is the last one I should have to have for quite a while, so I consider that a win. But on the other side of the coin, I won’t be able to eat solid food for a while. And I haven’t been able since the first surgery 11 days ago.
So I’ve been on protein shakes and, when I can manage it, yogurt and applesauce for the last week and a half or so. I’m like I kid I knew in high school, except without the steroids that took up a third of that guy’s fridge. And while the liquid diet has helped me quit caffeine and cigarettes (probably due to the massive amounts of water I’m putting down), I do miss solid food.
Though it does remind me of a lot of the horrible science fiction from the 50s, where people were sure we’d one day ingest all of our necessary nutrition through pills. It was one of those things I called BS on even as a kid, but from the many different examples of it in literature and film, a bunch of people really believed that was the way we were headed.
So the question for today, folks, is what is the silliest widespread sci-fi trope you’ve seen? Pill-food? Personal helicopters for everyone? Aliens with slightly messed-up ears or noses? (Admit it, Star Trek, you got pretty damn lazy for a while there.)