Monday, June 20, 2011

Taco Bell, A Lesson (well, maybe) in Geography

Here is the article that prompted me to started writing on this blog again.

In it, a guy I don't know has a conversation, through letters, with another guy I don't know. But the conversation: why do the Taco Bells in Dallas, the writer's hometown, seem so much better than those in New York City? Is there any credence to this subjective belief?

I'll say there is. Long ago I tasted some TB bean burritos in Santa Barbara and they were markedly better than the ones I was eating in DC. I wrote about it, on this blog, in 2006. Was it that I was loving California? Loving the walk-up window at the Santa Barbara Taco Bell? Was it the Mexican influence, more prominant in California than in DC? Was it just the memories of DC Taco Bells where they floors were dirty and sauce packets were given out very, very stingily? All of these answers could be yes--or perhaps just a maybe. After all, what questions can I think to ask about this happenstance if I know the answer is "no"? None, apparently.

I am going to LA next week and might have to think about trying the Taco Bell there. Are those TBs upping the anti with all the taco trucks roaming the city? As much as I love Taco Bell, will I have a meal to waste on it amongst so many independent taco trucks that I don't have access to in DC? Or will all the taco trucks in LA only have meat-filled tacos and thus will I be driven to the safety and comfort of LA's Taco Bell? Seems like a win-win situation to me.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Just under 4 years...but who's counting?

So I last published a post on this blog in August 2007. Now, in June 2011, I find myself compelled back to the blog. A lot has been happening with Taco Bell. That's part of it. My next post will include an article that just made me want to write!

That article is part of it (wait for it...).
Here are my other reasons:
1. I had TB twice over Memorial Day weekend. And man, it was so good.
2. The only TB near my apartment is finally closing. I'll return with a link to some of the issues I've had with that doomed store. I can't even go there anymore so its disappearance will not be mourned.
3. Not having a clean taco bell in the entire city of DC will continue to be a source of displeasure, at times, and sorrow, at other times, depending on my mood.
4. I just read one of the comments on the last post I wrote. There are some spam there. There are some comments from friends. And then there is this: "Dude, Taco Bells sucks big time. My mother broke her tooth and instead of an appology she was contacted by the legal department. The corporate execs at Taco Bell are just jerks!?" Dude, what could your mom have ordered from TB to break a tooth? Let's think about that. Sure maybe that's why she contacted TB. But maybe that's why the legal department thought her claim was false. Food poisoning, sure...who can't imagine that after eating at Taco Bell (my love is based in reality). But breaking a tooth?
5. I kinda want to have a job as a blogger, just part-time. But you know, who doesn't? All the same, having a blog is definitely better than not having a blog when it comes to applying for blog editing positions.

I am definitely not up and up with the blogosphere or linking and labeling, etc. And who knows if I will keep this going after this post (and the promised article to arrive tomorrow). I am going to practice writing about TB before telling folks that I am returning to it.

Crunch wraps forever!