November 2nd, 2010. The day most red-blooded Americans have been counting down for months — if not years. A day where we can all come together and partake in something unique to this American experiment. I am referring to, of course, the McRib being brought back nationally for the entire month!
Look, I get that it’s election day and 9/10 DC denizens have been anxiously checking their Blackberry’s (likely clipped to their belts in the nerdiest way possible). But it’s just been excruciatingly hard to get excited for this election. Having previously voted in uber competitive Pennsylvania and Virginia, the prospect of pulling the lever for a non-voting member of Congress really doesn’t get my blood flowing. But you know what does? The McRIB. Well, maybe not literally as it mostly clogs it — but you get my point.
This is an area DC Spy and I often disagree on. When I look at the McRib, I see the absolute pinnacle of modern civilization. How man could have constructed such a shining beacon of culinary excellence still astounds me. But I suppose that’s just the romantic in me – as spy tends to focus on a few minor details about this monument to sandwiches. “They just mash pork byproducts together in the shape of a rib” is the usual refrain. “I can’t imagine a more disgusting looking thing” has also been said.
Look, trying to explain the deliciousness of the McRib is about as useful as describing color to the blind. It’s an experience that defies any quantification. I’m not going to waste my time defending the McRib to Spy — but I’ll certainly feel a twinge of sorrow for her.
So today, do go out and vote. But if you are feeling as underwhelmed as I am, let’s just say I know the perfect pick-me-up.