Tuesday, November 04, 2008

An American Lunch

When I started thinking more than an hour ago about what to get for lunch, I was undecided.  This is a special day, this election day, the first presidential election where I'm actually voting in a booth, and hopefully the day our country starts to move in a better direction.  What lunch could be appropriate for a day like today?  It had to be someplace close by, since I am trying to leave at 4 to go get in line to vote.
I started out thinking about sandwiches, soups, burgers, hot dogs, salads.  But why should an "American" lunch have to be traditional picnic food?  Why not something ethnic, something celebrating the fact that America is this huge diverse nation with many cultures which are all American?  Why not get something symbolizing the fact that we have all come from other places (well, other than the natives) and are all part of this country?
Nothing was living up to the standards of a lunch for a special and historic day.  Everything just seemed ordinary.  So I ended up just going to the Pret down the street and getting a half chicken and mozzarella baguette and a small spicy chicken chowder.  This is a special election day even with an ordinary lunch.  Hopefully it will all work out for the best.  And would someone please help all those voters in Virginia with their broken machines, misinformation and terrible lines!

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