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Sunday, August 6, 2006

It truly is rare (these days) that I eat at McDonalds. Once every couple of months. Not bad for a girl that was sincerely addicted to the stuff less than a decade ago.

There's lots to say about McDonalds' impact on society and the environment. But all I'm going to say is that there is lots to say.

Today's post will focus on two musical experiences I've had at the world's favourite family restaurant.

It's almost certain that I've already recounted the tale of the first time I heard "My Neck, My Back". I'm too lazy to sift through my Brasil entries in order to link to the story, but the song's very graphic and, most would say, inappropriate lyrics were first heard by me at a McDonald's in Rio de Janiero.

Today I bought a Happy Meal. The cheeseburger actually wasn't as good as I remember them being, which was disappointing, but the toy in the box made up for that.

You see, curious reader, all of my music has managed to disappear, both from my iPod (yes, I did drop it... again) and all the original files are gone from my iBook (I don't know...). It's very annoying, but that's not the point of the story...

After I had polished off my average cheeseburger, each and every french fry and last drops of coke light I tore into my new toy. I sort out how to turn the thingy on and then press the button on the top to actually make it play. Black Eyed Peas start belting out their latest hit through the tiny little speakers. I'm quite excited by this, and it plays about 60 seconds of the song.

I press the button again as I wander out onto the street and I think to myself, c'est cool ša. What a rad toy. And then the words hit me, "I wonder if I take you home, would you still be in love, baybay, in love baybay..." And this is a kid's toy?

I think it's funny. And smart marketing, because now I want another one, with another song (I mean, sort of), but I have to wonder if the fact that these lyrics are prolly not intended for children even crosses the minds of the people in the boardrooms of Mickey D's.

Otherwise, things are well en Suisse. Read next post for update.
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