A while back, I clicked on one of those clickbait articles meant to make Gen-Xers and baby boomers feel old. This one was a video of so-called millennials who had never eaten a Big Mac before, and their reactions upon eating one for the first time.
I realized something after watching this video: despite being older than anyone in the video, I had never eaten a Big Mac either.
I’ve eaten at McDonald’s before. As a kid, I ate quite often at McDonald’s. But rarely hamburgers. I was a Chicken McNugget fan as a kid. I didn’t like pickles, or most vegetables, on my burgers as a kid, so I just assumed that I liked my burgers with just ketchup and mayonnaise. In fact, it wasn’t until early adulthood that I discovered that I liked mustard and onions on cheeseburgers, and this was only because I forgot to ask for no mustard and no onions one day. In my early adulthood, the southern California-based chain In-N-Out Burger expanded into northern California, and that became my go-to fast food burger for a long time. It is still one of my favorites, although I have other go-tos these days too.
On Fridays, I’m usually so tired from the work week that when I get home, I don’t do much the rest of the evening. I usually treat myself to food somewhere cheap, or somewhere that I have a coupon. I was thinking about this video during the week, and in the spirit of trying new things, or things that are new to me at least, I decided that this week’s Friday fast food treat for me would be a Big Mac.
It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t Earth-shatteringly impressive, but it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t as big as I was expecting for a double cheeseburger. For one thing, a double cheeseburger is supposed to have more than one piece of cheese. And the patties aren’t really all that big. I suppose it would have been a much bigger deal when this was a new product in the 60s, but I suppose I’m used to a new generation of fat-asses that want bigger burgers. But it wasn’t bad, and it’s an option in the future. And now I can say I’ve tried it.
I still don’t know what the third bun is for, though.