So I recently read that in August the city of Minneapolis passed a new law.
The newest legislation is not unique, but the most recent of several areas to ban construction of fast-food drive-thru windows. It is a law to prevent car emissions but also the government's way to help curb obesity.
I'm not sure this really solves the problem. People eat a cheeseburger over kale for several reasons:
-1. It is delicious
-2. It is cheaper
-3. It doesn't harm kale
-4. It has cheese on it
-5 They are patriotic (What holiday has "kale" as its choice food?)
-6. Grease stains support struggling dry cleaning businesses
-7. It goes better with beer
-8. It comes with tater tots.
-9. It can be delivered through magic portals on the side of buildings called "driv-thru's"
As you can see, drive - thrus are #9 on the list. People for the last century have fought to overcome drive-thru speakers that sounded like this:
"Can I twaker your fft pop orderrr pop fft"
"I'd like some kale."
"Did you say pop fft you wanted fft pop ffft screech pop with fries?"
"No, I wanted some kale."
"So a chee-burger pop fft extra pop mayo?"
"Yes. Just get me out of here."
If the American can overcome the drive-thru ordering speaker, he or she can overcome this baricade to fast food. The government can take away my right to have cheeseburgers delivered through a window, but they can't take away my cheeseburger till they pry it from my cold, dead hand.
Of course, they will say my death is exactly what they are trying to prevent.
We shouldn't be surprised. This is the same city that brought us the "Twinkie Law" after a city council candidate was indicted by a grand jury for serving Twinkies to elderly people.
But this is a tragedy from the city that once founded the Mars candy company and developed the Snickers. It is also the home of the Juicy Lucy, a cheese - stuffed burger.
In today's environment where the government pays more and more for healthcare costs it is no surprise they want to legislate health. All I can say to my fellow Minneapolis friends is in the south we have cheap housing, fried turkey legs, Nascar, and fast food drive-thrus. I even hear one company is developing a Cheese filled burger with lettuce, cheese, and a snickers.
The Jucy Lucy Burger
Monday, October 21, 2019
Freedom to be fat
In 1991 Dr. Lanza walked up beside me as I headed to lunch. He asked why I hadn't signed up for his creative writing class. I did, and his class changed my life. I then and there decided someday I wanted to write. Fast forward 25 years... After several careers I stepped into teaching so I could have time to write. Thus, here we are! Thanks Dr. Lanza!