Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Grand Pie

On the Today Show this morning, I saw something that reminded me why we are reviled by many in the world.

As a kid, I remember times when my mom and I had only a Swanson's chicken pot pie for dinner... to share between us. Or a box of macaroni & cheese. Sometimes we didn't even have THAT much. Those were hard times, but we always bounced back.

It may seem strange, but I'm glad I experienced those times in my life. Nothing builds character and motivation better than being hungry. I never starved, but times were just hard enough that I am always thankful for what I have today.

Enter Nino's Bellisima, a restaurant in New York which is touting the world's most expensive pizza... and it's not your standard sausage & pepperoni. It's topped with creme fraiche, chives, eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, four ounces of thinly sliced Maine lobster tail, salmon roe, and a little bit of spice with wasabi.

One. Thousand. Dollars.

Look, I'm not trying to pretend I don't have things some might find excessive. I'm very fortunate to have a roof over my head, food in the kitchen, cars in my garage and some "extra" toys here and there.

But honestly... if I witnessed someone ordering that THOUSAND DOLLAR PIZZA, I might have to punch them in the face.

Intentional, blatant exhorbitance, especially with food, is ugly. It shows the worst of America, where one person spends enough on LUNCH to buy food for another for a year. Wouldn't a person be consumed with guilt while eating a pizza like that?

I don't mean to get on a rant here. I'm decidedly UNdecided on the subject of God, but if there is such an entity, I think he has his head buried in his hands. This sort of hedonism is out of hand.

I'm not suggesting a radical change of American lifestyle. A "what's mine is yours" type of socialism is antiproductive. We MUST be responsible for ourselves, while remaining helpful to those who fall on hard times.

But there MUST be a line. A thousand-dollar pizza is way over that line.

Am I the only one who feels this way?


After a "windows/sunroof open" day yesterday, it's a "furnace on" morning.

We're headed to Florida next week for some spring training baseball and beach time... and when we get back I'll bet tree buds will be out. Spring comes fast here.

Cards/Dodgers in Vero Beach. I'm taking my glove, you never know when they'll ask me to step in at 3rd.


When I went to Nashville a couple of weeks ago, I blogged each day about the activities that were taking place, but a friend of mine whined like a baby that I didn't mention him on my blog.

So here goes.

The week wouldn't have been the same without Dave Steele. Steele is my hero, I would be nothing without him. He made the week the fun it was, we all shared a room and he didn't even fart much... blah blah blah.

Satisfied Dave? Jesus. You'd think having a beautiful wife, two great daughters with one on the way, a fantastic home, successful voice over business and great job in radio would be enough. Greedy bastard.


So Steak and BJ Day is gone for another year. I'd love to report how things went, but I'm going to remain quiet so as not to spoil next year's revelry...


Blogarita said...

Yes, that pizza is over the top in every way. (And it probably doesn't even taste good. I have nothing against any of those ingredients, but not all together and not on a pizza!)

Our crabapple tree already has buds opening up on it. Although you're right, it is a furnace-on day again today.

Diana said...

I agree, the $1000 pizza is a bit much.

Have fun in Florida and have a safe trip!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Here's Ol' Hoss to take the shine off your apple: Did you really need a sunroof? Or could you have fed some Ethiopians?

There IS a fine line. I don't know where it is. I just hope we don't have to cancel sunroofs.

Fantastagirl said...

I think that's a bit over the top, I'd never eat the pizza, but then I'm flippin out over the amount of $$$ we just spent on our dog. So since we just spent two arms and both legs on a dog do you consider me to be part of that crowd? Because there were times when we didn't have anything...

Lee Ann said...

I saw that special Pizza pie on the news! I would love to try it at least once.

This is the second place I have seen Steak and BJ Day. Have a happy one!

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Yeah, I read about that 1000-dollar pizza on Drudge the other day. It sickened me, too.

Touching anecdote about you and your mom sharing a pot pie. How wonderful that it left such a virtue inside you. Appreciation.

Doo Dah said...

I loved Swanson Chicken Pot Pies with my Gramma when I was little......we saved the box tops and sent away for dolls from around the world. I bet my collection is worth some money, maybe enough to buy a $1000 dollar pizza? :-|


Paula said...

Our Magnolia tree is blooming....crazy!!

Say Hi to Maddie and Donny, they are leaving on Sunday for some Spring Training action!!

Randy Raley said...

hamhocks and beans for my mom and me. hamburger and spaghetti, too. not a pot to piss in, but, boy, it was all right.

It's Me, Maven... said...

I can't say as I blame you re: exorbitance. I felt the same way when I found out NYC also has a place which sells the most expensive hamburger.

Dave Steele said...

Youre a freak. Geez. lol...