March 17th, 2008


It's the wearin' o' the green!

Here's some photographic proof that I wore green for St. Patrick's Day, so you can't cyber-pinch me or whatever. Collapse )

I'm not totally sure why our country has embraced St. Patrick, but not the patron saints of other countries. I'm sure it has something to do with the others not being as closely associated with heavy drinking. Actually, it's not exactly the same thing, but I've heard that a lot of Italians are pretty keen on Columbus Day, even though I'm not sure it's been conclusively proven that Columbus was actually Italian.

And while I'm bad-mouthing treasured aspects of our culture, as an inhabitant of the Philadelphia metropolitan area and a fan of cheese steaks, I have to ask why so many people seem to think they're local delicacies. Heating up some processed beef and throwing it on a bun isn't exactly cooking, you know? Pat's and Geno's are supposed to be the really good ones. I had a Pat's steak before, and I think I liked it, but I can't really remember anything about it. I think I got it without cheese, which sounds silly, but: 1. I was trying to cut down on cheese at that point (certainly not something I do anymore), and 2. I think they used Cheese Whiz anyway. I've never had Geno's, but their whole "speak English, but don't bother punctuating properly" campaign bugs me. I don't think it's too crazy for an American restaurant to insist that people order in English, since it's not like the minimum-wage employees can be expected to know the names of their menu items in other languages (although, if they've seen Pulp Fiction, they probably know what they call a Quarter Pounder in France). But calling attention to it like they do is essentially just saying, "Hey, you dumb non-English-speakers, go eat somewhere else!" But anyway, regardless of how good they are, they're still cheese steaks, and are fairly simply made. The ones I make myself from frozen sandwich steaks probably aren't all that much different. I don't cut up the meat, though, because I don't like having it fall out when I pick up the sandwich.

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Okay, I guess I should take a shower and go to bed. Good night to all of you who happen to be reading this at night!