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Lea Laport enjoys the pleasant summer weather on the stairs of the New York State Museum during her lunch break in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

I remember when my greatest worry about lunch was hanging onto the money for it until then. Ah, those were the days.

There’s something to be said for a real lunch hour where everyone gathers together in the same place to eat and socialize. But now you’re quietly judged no matter what you do. Leave the office for an hour to actually eat out at a restaurant with a colleague – you’re branded a slacker who’s never in the office. And those desk diners remain convinced they’re harder workers than you.

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