Miller Monday – El Lunes de Miller

May 14, 2007 at 4:38 pm 4 comments

Do you know what makes America great?  Let me tell you.  In American I can have whatever I want for lunch.  That’s what!  I know there are some people in the world who really don’t want me to have a smorgasbord of choices to quench my lunchtime appetite, but the fact is I do.  And I love it. 

This afternoon I walked across the street to the food court to scrutinize my lunchtime choices.  Routinely, I walk to every single kiosk as to make sure I make the correct decision.  I’m not sure why I do this every day since I seem to choose to eat at the same Mexican eatery every time I go.

   -The taco, the burrito, the quesadilla – does food get any better? 

And the thought struck me.  Why, America truly is a melting pot of many different and diverse cultures.  It seems that every culture has provided something that makes my life a little better and a little easier.  Take for instance the Arabs. Where would I be today if we some desert sheik hadn’t thrown a harpoon at one of his mistresses and accidentally stumbled across a bubbling crude?  I certainly wouldn’t have eaten lunch at a Mexican restaurant today, that’s for sure.  What about the Chinese?  I certainly wouldn’t have turned into the fine upstanding young man that I am today if they hadn’t invented fireworks.  I can only imagine the countless hours of wasted time I would have had to fill without fireworks.   

Whether its mathematics, science, technology or culture, it seems like every society has contributed something relatively significant to the way that we as Americans live our lives.  I am certain, however, that ever since the signing of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, that besides cheap labor, the most significant addition that Mexico has ever made to the American continent is the burrito.  

Now there is no shame in the burrito.  It is economical, fast, and tasty.  Sure it hardly rivals Newtonian physics, but I don’t think Mexico should be ashamed by any measure.   In fact, whenever I see people waving a Mexican flag on top of American soil I want to join right with them and say, “Hey, I am with you.  That burrito really is something special.”  Whenever I hear people shouting Viva Mexico, I say, “Wow, I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds like a tasty way of beefing up a burrito!”  Just last week I saw a bunch of people on TV protesting or something and all the while waving their Mexican flags.  Maybe it was wrong to think this, but the only thing I could focus on was scoring a Baja Grande for lunch the next day.  I wonder why they were protesting in the first place?  After what they have already contributed to the American way of life, I’m surprised they would be complaining about anything at all. 

Yours truly, 

Joe Miller

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TRussell  |  May 16, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    yeah – bottle rockets is a great movie. never would have had that w/o the chinese.

  • 2. Lowdogg  |  May 16, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    This almost sounds political U.J.
    I like it.

  • 3. Amy Miller  |  May 20, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Even though I believe the burrito to be a God amonst most foods there is a certain price to pay when devouring one.
    What price? GAS!
    ‘Nuff said. Gas is Gas and so it shall be with this wonderful delight come a price sometimes a little too high to pay.

  • 4. Lindsay  |  May 22, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Now I’m in the mood for Chipotle. That beef burrito is something to behold.


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