Okay, waaaayyyyy off topic today. In live just outside of Portland, OR, which is known for many things, not the least of which is the slogan "Keep Portland Weird". Portland is well known as a place for counter-culture. You can find just about anything you are looking for here if it's different from the 'mainstream'. Portland's culture is heavily infused with music, art, entertainment, food, politics, etc. There are plenty of people that like to be just a little different from everyone else. Of course, that's not unique just to Portland, but this latest trend, which appears to be starting here is a bit more disturbing to me: I know many people who are heavily tattooed and pierced and for the most part, it doesn't bother me. This one though, I'm not so crazy about. Why? As far as I'm concerned, you can pretty much do what you want to and with your body. But I really don't want to watch you chewing your food, it's just gross. We all have a need to express ourselves, and people do that in many different ways. Do we have to expose every part of our body's various functions to do this? I still consider it impolite if people chew with their mouths open, which is probably why this bothers me. So, what do you think? Am I out of line for thinking this is a bit over-the-top on the gross-o-meter? Or am I just being a fuddy-duddy? It does make me wonder what's next? A window looking into our chest? Or maybe a pair of pants with a window over the 'gentleman's vegetables'? Yeah, some things should probably just stay covered in public Oh, and yes, I am aware that 'lip plates' go back a long way in Africa. It's the open/clear window that's the new piece that is bugging me.