I need the advice of all the food & cooking experts on here!! In my room at work (yes, I have a "room", not an office), I have a "breakfast table" set up... I have a toaster and some butter that I use for my bagles every morning. I leave the butter out on the table all week and on Friday afternoons, I throw it out. It's not refrigerated... Someone just came into my room and, upon seeing the butter, exclaimed, "You don't refrigerate your butter?" "Ummm.... no... I never have" "It's cream!!! You HAVE to refrigerate it!" Do I??? I've never refrigerated real butter and neither does my husband's family. I never leave it out for more than a week. After that, it's either gone or I throw it out. Is this reallly that unusual?