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Wendy Sun Goes Down, Wendy Tide Rolls Out…

Posted on 2006.03.27 at 20:03
Current Mood: sated
Current Music: Junk Food Junkie - Larry Groce
I’m here today to talk about secret desires, the kind we neither admit to harboring nor display in polite society. They’re the kind of needs most of us cannot fulfill in the home, so we are forced to go out into the night, seeking those establishments whose avowed purpose is the indulgence of those shameful urges. We know when we are there that we are among our own kind; there is no dickering over price and discussion is quite minimal – we simply hand over our money and willingly affix ourselves to the object of our unholy devotion. I’m speaking, of course, about fast food.

I ate lunch at Wendy’s today. Oh yeah, in case you were wondering – that photo was taken in 1944. It’s Dave Thomas, who would go on to found Wendy’s (I might have gotten some colorful and highly speculative feedback if I hadn’t cleared that up!). The one across the street from my day job, as I’ve just learned, actually sells a fish sandwich. Most of the Wendy’s I enter do not offer it, though I don’t know what the actual stats are on how many offer it and how many do not. I had to wait a while for my order, but I didn’t mind – it’s been years since I’ve had a Wendy’s fish sandwich, so a few more minutes were of little consequence. I got the impression that there was only one person back there who actually knew how to fry one, and they had to go back and get that person. I don’t think they sell very many and that’s too bad, because IMHO it is clearly superior to the McD’s or BK equivalent. I almost missed the fish option entirely, since the part of the menu board on which it was listed was almost entirely obscured by a stack of french fry containers. But I happened to see the word “fish” and happily pursued that option, especially since I don’t eat beef or chicken, which has the happy effect of tending to limit my forays into fast food.

There’s another reason I’ve found to stay away from fast food, and it’s directly linked to indulging my essential hedonism. It’s simply this – when I eat fast food all the time, my sense of taste gets a little dulled, probably from being so relentlessly inundated with sodium. But if I stay away from it for a while – oh baby! It tastes SO GOOD! Today was such a day. I know it seems counterintuitive, but my basic feeling right now is that it tasted so good, it makes me want to stay away from it for a few weeks now. I don’t know if it works this way for any of you, but that’s how it works on this set of taste buds!


meryddian at 2006-03-28 02:24 (UTC) (Link)

I was bad. I had a McD's cheeseburger this weekend... and it tasted so freakin' good. Had to resist the urge to run out and have four more. :(
empresskatums at 2006-03-29 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
What a strange coincidence... I had McDonald's for the first time in FOREVER today! (Actually, I remember the exact day I last ate fast food... it was in November.) I just didn't feel like cooking today. And you're right, it was SO GOOD. I must make a long list on Ways Fast Food Is Evil, or else I will just buy some again tomorrow.

Why no beef or chicken? Semi-vegetarian?
charlesofcamden at 2006-03-29 18:36 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, semi-vegetarian would be the short answer. I knew if I tried to go cold turkey (hmmm… probably not the best metaphor in this case) and give up all animal flesh, I would quite probably fail, but I figured that if I compromised and allowed myself seafood, I could probably succeed, and that has been a largely successful approach for me for many years now. As to the philosophical reasons for my avoidance of meat… maybe I can sum it up with 3 main points: 1) It’s better for me if I don’t put all that stuff into my body; 2) It’s way better for animals if they don’t get eaten; and 3) It’s better for the planet I live on if we don’t devote so much of our resources to the mass production of meat products. Each of those points could obviously be expounded upon, but that’s the gist of it.

I should add that I remember saying this to a hard-core vegan friend of mine a long time ago: “I want to be a vegetarian, but I don’t want to be a dick about it.” – meaning that I’m not inclined to get in people’s faces and dictate gastronomic morality to them. All I ask in return is that they extend me the same courtesy with regard to the evangelization of their own causes. My blog, of course, is an exception – if you come in here, you’ve walked into my domain, and I may express things here that I might not express quite so freely elsewhere.
empresskatums at 2006-03-30 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thumbs up. I was a vegetarian for about three years, until I went to Nebraska. (True story.) Now I just stay away from the red meat, unless it's buffalo burgers... Mmm, buffalo.

Honestly, I admire that you have the dedication to stick with it. I am also continually amazed that semi- or full vegetarians today find things to eat! Everything has meat in it!
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