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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Big Time

I've been watching a lot of CNBC and 24-hour news cycle-ish channels lately. It's not my choice, it's just what's on. In any case, they are constantly talking about "Big Oil," along with the other "Biggies" on the horizon that are changing the landscape of energy (Big Soy, Big Corn). I was thinking what 'Bigs' I am supporting toward world domination. And I think I may have stumbled on one.

Have you ever been to a Catholic church? As a dedicated Catholic (Jim Gaffigan might even say Shiite Catholic), I know that no matter what church you attend anywhere in the USA you can count on a few things. One of those things: coffee and donuts after Mass. Always. Now I don't drink the coffee (it's swill), but I love to partake in the donuts. I support Big Donut. I am beholden to Big Donut. East Coast, West Coast, Mid-West: Big Donut.

I know a lot of Protestant churches fall in line with Big Pastry, too. With the Scandinavian heritage of so many Lutheran churches, I suspect we're looking at a Big Danish movement. In any case, I just picture the overlords of the baking industry demanding more, more, more sweet, tasty goodness. There might be hand wringing and a maniacal laugh.

So, now I own my part in the "fattening of America." I don't think I can change my ways. If they have coffee and donuts in the social hall after any Mass, I am going. But don't ask me to drink the coffee there. I am going to Starbucks.*

*Starbucks only uses 1% of the world's coffee supply. They buy only from proper growing regions and are committed to sustainability practices.


Blogger Kate said...

I am really happy you're blogging again. I, too, support Big Donut (or Big Doughnut, if you're a copy editor). However, my favorite donut shops are local. ('Cause you know, Noreen, we're supposed to support local businesses. That's the cool thing.) Anyway, I love my Pao's donuts, but would love to see the Big Donut franchises of Dunkin' Donuts and Winchells enter the Tacoma market. (Do you remember when there was a Winchells at 27th and Bridgeport? And Pao's was a Dunkin' Donuts? Weird.) Let's go get donuts this weekend, OK?

11:33 PM  
Blogger noreen said...

Agreed. Pao's rocks! I prefer them greatly to the chains. Dunkin' Donuts... not that great.

I do think of the smaller guys as the pawns in the movement of the big guys, but fighting their way through, right? Tee hee hee.

I loved that Winchells at 27th.

BTW, I chose to go with "Donut" instead of the more proper version. Seemed like what they's key in on CNN.

10:04 AM  

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