the clown’s a freak

in spite of my personal disdain for the mcdonald’s chain of restaurants (and i use that terminology loosely), i have come to discover that it is sometimes a necessary evil for the world traveller. i have, in fact, been in more mcdonald’s in the past 6 weeks than i have in the previous six years (though i am quick to point out that we’ve only actually eaten there once). there are several reasons for this state of affairs. one: it is often the only thing open 24 hours a day. so when a bus dumps you off on khao san road at 5am, and there’s no place else to go, you can kill several hours in relative comfort for the price of a small beverage. two: it always has a bathroom – the importance of this factor cannot be overstated. you are assured access to a toilet (the cleanliness of which is highly varaible, and the western version is likely to have been abused by those in asia who don’t understand the seat is for *sitting* – still, a toilet nonetheless) for the same price of the aforementioned beverage. they *have* to let you use it. thirdly: it always serves coffee. something more difficult in countries where the bean makes a limited appearance, such as china. and finally: they always have a picture menu to point at. no matter how bad the communication difficulties, “point, pray and pay” is easier in mickey d’s than anywhere else.

i hate to admit it, but there’s a plus side to the globalisation phenomenon, and ronald mcdonald aptly illustrates just why he’s so successful world-wide.

i still think the clown’s a freak, though.

3 Responses to “the clown’s a freak”

  1. daddio
    May 27th, 2006 04:00

    I trained you well. $1 hotcakes and free coffee refills (do they still do that). I just started going there again – Newman’s (as in Paul) Coffee – better than DDs.

    Anyway, I guess this is a good time to apologize for our meager lunches (one hamburger – no, not a cheeseburger) – but I guess that you are traveling with limited funds you can better appreciate the reality at the time – you can eat or you can travel, but not eat and travel.

    Still rely on their bathroom, but DDs give them tough competition in that department.

    Stay well and safe.

  2. Jen
    May 27th, 2006 04:09

    ha! yeah, well at least you didn’t raise us to be fast food junkies! i think i’m usually in a mc d’s about once a year – usually enroute to somewhere else…

    love and banana pancakes,

  3. dave
    May 28th, 2006 22:58

    What, no starbucks?

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