No Deal Breakfast

Last evening sometime before supper, someone in my little family made a surprising proposal. They would rather have breakfast for supper than supper. This proposal seemed to have been made in jest, but was taken seriously enough that it was decided that there would be a vote on this issue. Before the vote, there would be a short phase of deliberation (and campaigning). The stay with supper group argued that with breakfast we would be foregoing healthy foreign food ingredients, but did not generally seem to make much of an effort to convince the breakfasteers. They seemed to be confident that such a proposal would never go through. The breakfast group mostly argued with clearly erroneous information about how much healthier breakfast would be.

Then surprisingly the breakfasteers won the vote. In fact, it turned out that the foreign food argument did not go down well with the breakfasteers at all. They would be quite happy to forego all this foreign food in fact. They never liked foreign food in the first place. Well the vote was actually close to fifty-fifty, and there was some debate whether we should vote again, perhaps after some more deliberation and campaigning. However, it was decided that voting on the same issue multiple times would be undemocratic and hence it was decided that we would have breakfast instead of supper.

Having made this firm decision, and only then, the question arose as to which kind of breakfast we should have. One of the breakfasteers was send to negotiate a good breakfast deal. After very long and tedious negotiations, a reasonable deal breakfast was close to being agreed upon. Some breakfasteers and some stay (with supper) supporters, however, did not like this deal. Some breakfasteers demanded a good deal breakfast and the stay supporters saw a new chance to possibly avoid breakfast altogether after all. There was one item in this deal, the early bedtime clause, that particularly annoyed most of the breakfasteers. Then voices were raised that even a no deal breakfast would be preferable over any deal with an early bedtime. Some argued that perhaps breakfast was not such a good idea in the first place. The breakfasteers then send a new negotiator that seemed to be prepared to accept a no deal breakfast in the hope of thus having a better bargaining position. But his efforts were then undermined by some breakfasteers having second thoughts about the now more likely seeming possibility of a no deal breakfast and pulled the negotiator back.

In the end we did not sleep last night and are still negotiating.

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