I am a lone bachelor. Above and below me are couples who cook wholesome dinners almost every night. Me? I have frozen vegetables as part of my dinner almost every night. There is a moment when I pour them into a pan. This is quite noisy, so I place my hand above the pan as I pour to soften the landing. I do this because there is a part of me that is embarrassed for eating frozen vegetables alone every night. I don't want the neighbours to hear this sad detail of my life, the frozen vegetables rattling onto the pan again.