It wouldn’t be so bad if fast food didn’t taste so good and it has certainly filled the void opened by two-income families who don’t have the time to spend an afternoon baking that meatloaf and opening that can of green beans. Fast food is alternately greasy or rich, deep-fried or broasted, broiled or blended, and is usually either 80% sugar or 80% fat…and sometimes both. And yes, that’s why it tastes so good. But whether you’re on the hunt for a bucket of chicken, a barrel of fries, a tugboat of fish or the best part of a cow, someone is always there to tell you why it’s bad for you (as if I care). This person always has an orange tint, sunken eyes and is so emaciated they look like I could knock them down with a sneeze. Like their last home was a Confederate prison camp during the civil war. I know several vegans. I don’t like them but I know them and I don’t understand why they seem so worried about what I’m eating? I’m not the one who just ate a stick. Do they think one more bite of red meat is going to give me a heart attack and cause my car to veer off the road and run them down as they shuffle through the park in their Birkenstocks, yoga mats strapped to their backs, striving to be one with the universe? There are so many vegans wandering around these days, I feel like I’m trapped in an episode of The Walking Dead. Seriously, we’re not far from being assaulted at McDonald’s by some wacko from PETA with a bucket of red paint who’s still high after his lunch of quinoa and dirt.
Generations ago a vegan was someone who couldn’t afford to buy meat. Believe me, I was an unwilling vegan many times in those days. Even when I had spare change, my red meat was Spam and I’m not sure it’s even meat. Of course, my parents told me gravy was a vegetable so my view may be a little skewed. That aside, I’m not really into fast food that much anymore and not just because the crowd that believes they can exist on wheat grass says so. These translucent shadows of people have blamed fast food for everything from obesity to global warming to Pluto being kicked out of the gang of planets.
I don’t even deny I might be a little healthier if I didn’t eat that jumbo whopper and instead ate all the celery in the world. There’s a reason celery is calorie neutral…it tastes like air and that’s why normal people only use it as a tool to dip into things that do taste good. Things like ranch dressing, peanut butter or cheese. It’s like a biodegradable fork. But by itself, eating celery is like eating a wet pencil.
Although I am eating better these days, I’m not avoiding fast food for my health. It’s just become too fast. I don’t need anything so fast that they can’t do it right. There’s a reason we don’t have a drive-thru lane at the Cardiac Center. Some things take time. While I would hardly equate heart surgery with the assembly of a Big Mac, there are procedures in place for both tasks and I just got tired of getting hamburgers which looked like they’d been put together by a walrus with a bad twitch. How hard can it be? Almost everything is round. The bun, meat, tomato and onion are all round and designed to fit neatly inside the bun. Even the damned pickle is round, so why do I keep getting burgers with half the meat sticking out of the side of the bun like Miley Cyrus’ tongue? Then you have to take it all apart or at some point you’re going to get a mouthful of bun and secret sauce. That might please the vegans but it’s not what I ordered. And I hate going down the freeway at 80 reassembling my burger because I’m now steering with my knees while I take off the top bun and then the lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion just to get to the burger patty, and by then the secret sauce (ketchup, mayonnaise & pickle relish) has congealed like glue so you have to pull the patty off the bottom bun like you’re CSI and you’re trying to lift a fingerprint off a wine glass. But hey, I’m not texting.
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