Andy, DanO, Kris and I went off for lunch to a local Italian place. When the drinks arrived, DanO picked up his straw, removed the wrapper, plunked it into his drink, and started drinking.
"Given how environmentally conscious you are, I'm surprised you use straws. Is there a particular reason for doing so?" I commented and asked.
Kris looked over at me surprised at my directness. Andy looked over at me unsurprised, but reached for his drink.
DanO hemmed and hawwed for a few moments, trying to come up with some reason for using a straw, as I continued, "You know, those take decades to decompose. They're made of plastic."
Kris sat silent. Andy looked down, busy with something in his hands.
DanO continued to wave his hands and say little, until he finally stopped, and stated, "I like drinking from straws."
"That's fine," I responded, "As long as there's a reason, and not just a mindless use of them. Liking them and deliberately using them, say, to keep the liquids from staining your teeth, is reasonable."
We looked over at the relief on Kris' face.
And Andy's answer to my straw accusation:
It exploded five seconds after the picture.