Prior to the Cheeburgerization of the suburbs, the first place I got to use a fixin's bar (beyond stealing pickles and eating them off of a damp paper napkin) was at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe* in Tomorrowland at Disney World.
Veggie burgers are now in every hamburger restaurant, but fake meat was an anomaly back then and it made me feel so incredibly American to get to eat a hamburger just like every other person in that restaurant (except for the ones eating the galactic turkey legs--they have not made a vegetarian equivalent of that yet). Fake meat has leveled the playing field--I know it makes some vegetarians as squeamish as real dead cow, but I love having every recipe in the world open to me again. BLTs? We make them with vegetarian bacon. Ragu Bolognese? Boca Burger's sausage patties. There is soyrizo and chicken nuggets and even strips of fake beef that can be added to a stirfry.
The point is that eating meat is an all-American activity similar to building our white picket fences or baking apple pie. While other countries enjoy their meat, we have a beef-eating culture. I think it will be a cold day in Hell before we have a vegetarian in the White House (tofu loaf at the next state dinner!). After all, English brings you the old adage: never trust a vegetarian. But fake meat? It blurs the line. You don't know who is a red-blooded American and who is a ersatz citizen, crunching their way through a burger made of soy instead of meat.
I had the same Missy-no-mates feeling about not owning an iPod every time an Apple commercial came on television. In addition to eating meat, Americans own. We are a capitalistic, consumerist culture and we need to buy electronics. Josh tried to get me one a few times, but I never saw the point. And then suddenly I saw the point and I wanted an iPhone very badly. I wanted music with me (yes, I only listen to three or four CDs period, but I needed that music with me at all times) and videos and Internet access when I'm driving up I-95.
But I couldn't justify buying an iPhone. But an iPod Touch--an ersatz iPhone that looks like an iPhone and feels like an iPhone but costs a lot less than an iPhone (without an ongoing phone bill to pay in addition to the product?). Well, that was an investment this little vegetarian could wrap her mind around.
I love owning.
Having an iPod Touch makes me feel as all-American as the football players in the pizza joint and the cheerleaders gossiping about them in the bathroom. It makes me feel like I should jump up on a chair and belt out the anthem or, at the very least, "It's a Grand Old Flag."
I am a huge fan of blending. And I have never blended more with my fellow Americans than with my new iPod Touch. Oh, and all the features--they completely rock. We have been passing it around in our house, filling up the chip with Brothers and Sisters episodes (thank you, Lindsay!) and YouTube bookmarks.
And while I may have sounded sarcastic in this post, I really am a huge fan of all things American even if I don't partake in the beef eating (which, perhaps, has fallen culturally by the wayside due to all those studies about the effects of red meat).
*According to this website, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe is the world's second busiest fast food restaurant with the winner being a McDonald's in Moscow.
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Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
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- The Therapist is In
- Weebles Wobblog
- Building Heavenly Bridges
- Slaying, Blogging, Whatever...
- Busted Babymaker
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- An Unwanted Path
- The Fertile Infertile
- Conceive This!
- Indisputable Topcat
- A Sense of Humour is Essential
- Mommy Needs Therapy
- Mrs Spock
- Fertile Ramblings
- The Great Big If
- The Not So Secret Life of Us
- The Life and Times of Me
- Baby Smiling in Back Seat
- Working on It
- Baby Wanted: Apply Within
- The Binky Diaries
- Wishing 4 One
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- Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week.
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