The McMelting Pot

May 5, 2007 at 2:47 pm 6 comments

As we stand a nation divided politically, it is nice to see the common threads that bind us together as a great nation. If you need proof that individuals from all walks of life hold community and American values in great esteem, you need to search no further on a Saturday morning than your neighborhood McDonald’s. On a typical Saturday morning at our refurbished “concept” McD’s (complete with flat screens and a lounge area) you can behold the true melting pot of America. Arguably nothing unites Americans more than hot cakes, sausage and Egg McMuffins. While you can observe this phenomenon slightly from the drive-thru, you really need to eat inside to see the full picture.

Exhibit A, 5/5/07: This morning there were personal trainers, elderly men in pleated denim shorts, teams of day laborers, moms with babies, professionals dressed down reading the newspaper and teenagers in their pajamas. The cross-section of patrons included red and blue America and no doubt the lingering Naderites among us.

Exhibit B, ” “: A white Econoline construction van wedged between a Porsche and an Escalade in the parking lot.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality becomes fulfilled in this tiny bubble that is quickly shattered by 10:30am when breakfast is no longer served: “I look forward confidently to the day when all who [eat breakfast at McDonald’s] will be one with no thought to their separateness … or any other distinctions.”

The Saturday morning breakfast unites because it makes every patron feel like it’s a special occasion shared with the community. For me it means one less time I have to sweep under my son’s high chair at home. Most of us don’t have time on a weekday for it (or in LeMare’s case, any desire), so there’s a celebratory feel of relief in the air as patrons bask in the respite of the weekend. Note the basking can last only 30 minutes as the restaurant’s policy is to get patrons in, out and on their merry way. There is no other time of the week I could go there in good health conscience besides the occasional driving-thru for a “fringe” menu item like a light soft serve cone or Diet Coke, but Saturday mornings there is no shame in indulging in some sausage patties and hotcakes among the old, young, conservative, liberal, fat, thin, happy and sad. At least everyone can start their weekend in a united and equal fashion.


Entry filed under: Commentary, Fond Memories, JL's Posts.

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  • 1. Jdon  |  May 5, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Is it considered child abuse to take an infant to McDonalds? It definitely should be. Jeanie, I never would have classified you as a Baldwinesque parent ~ until today. Shame, shame, shame on you!

  • 2. lemare  |  May 5, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    I have a McDonalds in the neighborhood that sells terremissu and lattes.

    Joe Miller, certainly you realize the value in a McGriddle? Certainly you haev succombed to the temptations of a Big Breakfast… the hotcakes, the sausage… Are you shielding young Joshua from such epicurian delights?

  • 3. Lowdogg  |  May 6, 2007 at 10:00 am

    My son loves french fries, but i prefer Zaxby’s, the finest purveyor of chicken fingers in the southeast.

  • 4. JL  |  May 6, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    All this McDonald’s bashing and it ends up that I get food poisoning from this fine restaurant last night, the site where the idea for IRF came to fruition.

  • 5. lemare  |  May 6, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    JL, indeed the Capital Grille WAS the scene of the inspiration for this important work we are doing in the world (blogging). I am so sorry to say that had you have purchased the $.99 cheeseburger at the Golden Arches, you would be suffering no such ails.

  • 6. jdon  |  May 7, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I would rather give my child heroin then subject him to an early bird breakfast.


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