Thursday, November 02, 2006

I'm (not) lovin' it

You know what? Maybe the whole post-a-day thing is growing on me. I figure, it will give me a chance to get all these odds-and-ends out there that I wouldn't have considered worthy of an entire post before. I guess that should come with a disclaimer that in the next 30 days, it's gonna be a real mixed bag. But, you get what you pay for, and as long as blogs are free, well...at least you won't have to ask me for your money back!

So, here's today's thing to make you go hmmmm. Please examine with me the following laboratory specimen:

This, my friends, is what they hand you when you order a humble Happy Meal at the Trastevere McDonald's. You'll all remember what a Happy Meal consists of, no?

1) Cheeseburger
2) Small french fries
3) Small soda (or pop if your parents are from Detroit like mine are)
(3a) Toy, as you'll see below)

Ok, so, what's the deal with the whole shopping bag thing? You see how I put a little jar of mayo next to the bag to give you a point of comparison? People, is the gigantor-ness of it all really necessary?

Now, yes, I know some of you may be thinking, as I reflected in a previous post as well, the SHAME of it all. Girl, you live in Rome, and yet, you sink so low as to patronize the ugly corporate giant, when perfectly good Roman food is all over the place? Well, what can I say? Yes. I am weak. I even read Fast Food Nation (subtitle: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal), people, and that is saying something, because I was pretty much ready to start picketing on Viale Trastevere after I finished it. But, it's that grease that just keeps bringing me back. Only once every few months, if that's any consolation.

So, back to our main topic. Shopping bag? It's on purpose. Expressly to promote that vergogna that I talked about just now. And, it gets even worse. When the guy at the counter yells across the room: "Mascio o femmina?" you know you're in trouble. Me: "Come?" Guy: "Il gioccatolo? Lo vuoi maschio o femmina?" Me:"No, va bene senza. Tanto, non lo uso." Guy: "Devi scegliere, te lo devo dare per forza."

This conversation is the final, calculated blow in the shame game. It translates to:

Guy: Male or female?
Me: What?
Guy: The toy? You want male or female?
Me: No, it's fine without. I don't use it.
Guy: You have to choose, I have to give it to you, whether you like it or not.

See? It's all on purpose to remind us Americans that if we are blessed enough to live in Rome, we should have half the brain to know that Italian food is not to be taken for granted. I surrender!

10 comments:

Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I haven't really missed McDonalds in months though I work near one and sometimes my colleagues want to go....but I have to say at Termini they serve McDonalds BREAKFAST and that makes me sit up and pay attention. Also, I have "verified" this at the Firenze SMN station as well. No sight here in Milan. Sausage McMuffin....drool.

Anonymous said...

...a me è successo esattamente il contrario...."un happy meal per favore.... :-)" più che il panino già gustavo il giocattolino con cui mi sarei sollazzata..e invece niente!un misero sacchetto vuoto!e quando, con un po di vergogna, ho chiesto il mio toy non solo mi dato un'okkiataccia..il fumetto sulla sua testa diceva parecchio...ma me lo hato da maschio!!! :-/
:-) un bacio taty

Anonymous said...

Have you had the opportunity to watch the documentary "Super Size Me"? This might make you avoid McDonalds like the plague. I know we haven't eaten there in years. Ironically, the hospital where my husband did his residency in Harlem was pictured in this documentary because there is a McD's inside the hospital. Way to promote health, huh? This is also the place (Harlem) where a family tried to sue McD's because they didn't know they would get fat by eating there everyday. That still makes me laugh and the lawyer that actually took the case....o Dio mio!
Once in a while won't kill you though. I can't blame you.

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Ms: Yes, I am so with you on the b-fast at Termini. Egg McMuffin per me.

Taty: Che bello vederti commentare! Che roba che ti hanno fregato il gioccatolo, non è giusto!! Allora siccome sono costretta a prenderlo, la prossima volta ti dò il mio...(ps brava col'inglese!)

Ebony: I haven't, but I heard it is almost depressing. What a coincidency that Moki worked at that hospital, and Mickey D's INSIDE? Insanity, sheer insanity.

Anonymous said...

Lol... I was thinking about that myself the other day. I said to myself... "self, what exactly do you think you'll post about every single day in November?"

I'm still waiting on an answer.

Stelle In Italia said...

what happened to the little fun box that they used to hand out? mmm.

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Rashenbo: Coraggio! I'll stop by to check you out and keep you going.

Stelle: Oh, it's in there! With a cup holder, too. I think that's why it merits the big 'ol shopping bag. Boh! (Who knows!)

Anonymous said...

Ok, I've clearly missed the boat on the post a day thing. Maybe next time.
Although, I'm perfectly happy to roam everyone elses blogs and comment, even if that makes me a faker.
The McD's shopping bag is insanity. You'd think you had ALL the happy meals in there with a bag that size.

Expat Traveler said...

LOL - I do have to say, I absolutely hate mcdonalds so unless I'm starving and there isn't another place that sells food, I wouldn't walk into there. I'm happy we only have 1 down the street as opposed to the 6 or so choices of coffee within 3 blocks of us...

Ah - go out there and eat something else. =)

Belle said...

I envy you more with each post!