People Are Gross Pigs

Friday, September 4, 2009
Posted in category Just Stuff

I am not the only one who is appalled by what people will eat. This clip from MSNBC Zeitgeist featuring Willie Geist is pretty funny. The first subject of the video is something that I found revolting when I first heard of it: Pizza Hut’s crust injected with cheese, as if the gobs of cheese on the pizza was not enough. So now there’s gobs of gross cheese in the crust, too.

Then he shows a couple of scary creations from KFC. Some kitchen sink concoction, and then a sandwich that replaces the bread with huge, greasy-fried chicken breasts. I picture some hugely obese, cellulite-ridden slob chomping down on the new KFC sandwich flanked by a 64 oz., sugar-filled fountain coke on each side.

It’s amazing what people will eat, and these fast food places have amazing ways of coming up with the most grotesque meal creations. They know that the more obscene the food product is, the better it will will go over with obese, slobbish, food-addicted Americans.

I am also amused – or the better word may be disgusted – by the huge “soup bowls” made from bread that are filled with soup. Slurp the soup, eat the bowl. Disgusting. Another thing that has always left me ‘not getting it’ is the deli sandwich. I’ve never understood the love affair with a sandwich made on hard, chewy, inedible bread, and the sandwich is 2 or 3 times wider than one’s mouth. Why are people attracted to biting into something that is the size of their own head? I’m turned off by watching people bite into these things, with lettuce, meat, and juices squirting out of the corner of their mouths and rolling down their chins.

I was out at a classy restaurant with a bunch of co-workers, once (it’s not my favorite thing to do), and when all of us at the table were served with a beautiful salad of mixed greens with vinaigrette dressing, one co-worker, who was used to nothing but fast foods and processed garbage food, commented, “If I wanted to eat weeds, I would have ordered them.” I wanted to slide under the table right about then.

Last night I was at Wal-Mart on the freezer section, and there was a whole family (of four) gawking through the glass, getting all excited over all of the various prospects of Hot Pockets – or some similar-type item. They were these huge, frozen things stuffed with chemical-laden garbage that look like Hot Pockets on growth hormones. They were like $6 for a box of 2, and that food would satiate me for about 30 minutes, and then I’d have to eat again. People inappropriately label this food as “cheap” and try to convince everyone else that this is why poor people buy it. That is the biggest bullshit excuse that I have no patience for, and it has been refuted time and time again. No, this food is not cheap, at all. Not if you price it by the ounce or by the meal. It’s easy. It’s convenient. And it appeals to the adolescent nature of this generation of dumbed-down adults. And lazy people with no ambition to cook and high time preferences like this crap. 

Speaking of my Wal-Mart trip, I have a rule about when I go – only very early in the morning or late at night. I refuse to mix in that crowd on a weekend, or any evening or afternoon. It seems that last night, being right before a holiday, it wasn’t the usual late-night affair. The place was packed to the gills at 10pm with the usual suspects: almost everyone was hugely obese, missing teeth, looking raggedy, etc. I’ve never seen so many people in one oplace with overweight feet. Yes, feet. Huge, fat, bloated, scaly, scabby feet. Is there a worse eyeshot than seeing some morbidly obese person with fat rolls on her feet hanging over (and hiding!) her flip-flops? And this Wal-Mart is in a moderately upscale area. When the line wait is 20 minutes, I can’t help but look at what these people have in their baskets. Everything in everyone’s basket was junk – fast food; chips and dips and snacking crap; soda and more soda; boxed, frozen, chemically-processed food; ice cream; canned, processed pasta meals; etc., etc.

The American palate has been so assaulted with sewage disguised as edible food, that the general masses can no longer appreciate real food. Fresh, whole, natural food. Grown adults still turning their noses up at vegetables, for god sakes. People are addicted to crappy food not meant for human consumption. And don’t blame it on the “evil corporations” – blame it on the choices and priorities of individuals.

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20 Responses to People Are Gross Pigs

  1. Mark says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    It’s apparently a matter of education. At our local farmers market, many individuals do not know what to do with a whole chicken (for instance), much less knuckle bones or a calves foot or a fennel bulb. It seems that we have lost most of our home economics skills in a single generation. Why? Well, I suppose because there is money to be made by being the intermediary between us and our food. To know food is to love it and let’s face it, most people don’t know anything other than brand names.

    I suffered through some of this transition when I was a kid in the sixties and my mom had to go to work after my dad suffered a construction job injury. But in the midst of the TV dinners, we still got home cooking when she could and, more importantly, she taught us how to do it and why the food was better (and cheaper in the long run).

    I’d point to the movie “Knocked Up” as a short answer to why people are apparently comfortable being such clueless, narcissistic slobs these days. Most of the late-night Walmart crowd loved it, I’d wager.

    Finally, Karen, if you find yourself seething in line at WalMart often, maybe a vacation is indicated.

    Mark

  2. Karen De Coster says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Mark, it’s not “seething,” it’s observing. Words are important. My emotions are not driven by other peoples’ issues and slobbery. But my senses pick up on it. And I’ll enjoy criticizing the inanity of it all. And since I have nothing in common with the unenlightened, statist-seeking, depraved masses that overrun a Wal-Mart, my senses have plenty to absorb.

  3. Jeannie Queenie says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    But dear Karen, don’t you understand that we must ‘feel’ for these dumbed down folks and help them with their eventual healthcare issues? I recall an incident when I lived in the upper peninsula. I was at a store and a woman had her cart before me. She had gobs and gobs of crap food on the counter and after the clerk ran it up, out came the food stamps!! As I stood there thinking, “Woman, I don’t mind helping someone with kids that is going hungry, but your stupid choices of food mean that now I must also pick up the tab for your dental and doctor bills”, which surely she was also leeching off the state. And this was decades ago…god help us with the growing govt and its fatal dance with redistribution. If these fatties would redistribute the fat and grow some brain cells in lieu of fat, we would be the better off for it. And no, Karen is not in need of a vacation, Mark. She just knows what this all means in the big picture for all of us….a bloated budget to match bloated bodies of those who live in la la land, refusing reality, and depending on others to bail them out for their downright dumb choices in life. I, like Karen, get super miffed at these morons meandering in markets. Can I have a vacation too?

  4. Matt says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    “Never eat anything bigger than your head” is the title of one of the drawings in this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Never-Anything-Bigger-Other-Drawings/dp/0911104674

    Good advice.

  5. Warhawk says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Your timing is right on, not sure of the WP will filter out this link but you’ll love this (hate it actually):

    http://peopleofwalmart.com/

    If not just google “people of walmart”

  6. freeman says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    While “the choices and priorities of individuals” are one factor, don’t forget state subsidization of the type of crops whose overproduction results in these processed foodstuffs, not to mention the artificially low prices of said foodstuffs compared to fruits, vegetables and other examples of real food.

    Mark raises a good point as well about education. You’d be amazed (or not, I suppose) how many Americans are completely unfamiliar with chard, for example. My brother’s ex-wife couldn’t even successfully make Jell-o, let alone an actual meal worth eating.

  7. Mark says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Karen, fair enough. ‘Seething’ might happen when one considers that one could be paying, via taxes and public assistance, for the food that puts them into the emergency room – subsequently to be serviced also on your nickel. Perhaps not being angry about that possibility is an indicator that you don’t need a vacation!

    In any case, I suspect there is a business opportunity to teach people some of the lost food arts: growing, cooking, preserving, etc. And to help folks to realize that the time invested in doing this is far more rewarding than wearing their thumbs out on a little glass screen while shopping for hot pockets.

    Mark

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Mark, a good depression can make these things popular again. I prefer to call it all-around resourcefulness. For you are right from your first post — doing crap to take care of yourself (or your family) is a lost art. I am amazed at how little people can do to fix things, solve problems, and generally, just make things happen.

  9. Karen De Coster says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Freeman, yes, I’ve written about the subsidies/Monsanto type problems numerous times. Of course, that is all pure evil. Have you seen “King Corn,” the movie? I can’t harp on the “corn” issue enough. But, on the other hand ….. we are free to recognize the obvious and make better choices on food and preparation. We are free to be lazy and unmotivated or driven to be our best.

  10. Jim Ostrowski says:

    September 5th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Great post Karen!

  11. Jim Ostrowski says:

    September 5th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I would sum it up: big government makes people dumb.

  12. clark says:

    September 5th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I haven’t seen “King Corn” but I have been to the Corn Palace. I’m just glad to read that I’m not the only one who doesn’t go to the grocery store or Wal-Mart in the daytime on the weekends. Plus, I’m glad that you so dislike the very overweight lazy people buying sh.. lots of stuff with food stamps as it drives my wife batsh… it doesn’t make her happy to see people taking advantage of the handouts – taken from every hard worker – government provides to people who are supposed to be needy but are actually lazy, your example proves that this isn’t an unusual position to take. Then I’m told by food stampers: I shouldn’t take myself seriously because no one else does. WTF!?

  13. Elliott says:

    September 5th, 2009 at 6:37 am

  14. Robin says:

    September 5th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Clark writes: “Then I’m told by food stampers: I shouldn’t take myself seriously because no one else does.” The pigs will take the farmer very seriously on the day he refuses to fill their trough.

  15. Mark says:

    September 7th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Good grief: http://peopleofwalmart.com/

    I had no idea… We don’t have a WalMart way out here…

    I’ll probably need counseling over this one:

    http://peopleofwalmart.com/?p=183

  16. Pam Maltzman says:

    September 8th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I have been out of the hospital for a bit over a week, after being hospitalized for 4-1/2 days with a serious kidney infection. I’m also diabetic, and working on controlling it with diet, etc. Besides being bloated up from IV antibiotics, the hospital food was absolutely terrible! I was shocked at the high-carb pasta, bread, rice, etc. that was considered suitable for a diabetic diet. The “dietitian” came to see me because I wasn’t eating very much of what was on the plate. She actually considered the high-carb crap suitable for a diabetic diet (after I’d worked really hard to wean myself off all that).
    After 4-1/2 days of that crap, h3ll, fast food hamburgers almost resembled gourmet food! Not a spot of butter was to be found on anything, but of course there was margarine! Gack! And high-fructose corn syrup, sugary this-and-that. The “clear liquid diet” consisted of beef bouillon “soup,” Jell-O, and sugary desserts. Oh, yeah, and they offered me statin drugs three times, which I absolutely refused to take.

  17. Pam Maltzman says:

    September 8th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Regarding Wal-Mart… I don’t buy very much of my food there–I watch the other stores’ food ads for sales in-state-grown chickens, decent red meat, etc.; I just recently loaded up on chickens, tri-tip, and pork meat. Wal-Mart is where I go when I need household stuff such as paper goods, straws, and various other odds and ends. The allegedly low-class fat people don’t bother me so much–what *I* really hate are people who allow their kids to scream and run around like little maniacs, so I prefer to shop late at night when the little monsters are mostly asleep.

  18. ryland says:

    September 9th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    “And since I have nothing in common with the unenlightened, statist-seeking, depraved masses that overrun a Wal-Mart,”

    Sorry.. but I have to ask.. why did you go there then?

    I haven’t been to Wally World in years. There are plenty of places to discount shop. Why the WM? I guess you get what you pay for…

  19. Karen De Coster says:

    September 9th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Gee, I don’t go there to make friends and intellectual buddies. I go there to take advantage of the ultra-low prices on everyday items. What a shocker! Plenty of places to discount shop? Not lower-priced than Wal-Mart, but then again, I should know where the lowest prices are for what I buy, or do you know that better than me?

  20. Morgan says:

    November 21st, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Clearly you are not from Earth as you don’t seem to “get” much of the normal, everyday activities of people in a first world country. I think that you need to chill out and stop taking such extreme offense to every little thing that happens to not agree with your delicate sensibilities. Try taking a little walk around a city or watch TV for a half an hour. Get advertised to and just accept that it’s part of life.

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