But yeah. Taco Bell. People are buzzing. Is this the first UK location? It seems not.
None in London. It seems to be mostly provicinial places. There's a few in Essex. This seems to be the first one in Scotland, though. Take that, Edinburgh.
I only had it once in my life and even that I'm not so sure of. It was a kid, if it happened. I have a vague memory of the restaurant. I know that it existed. I've seen the place. But it wasn't close to our home. It was a bit of a drive and in a sketchy area so you're not going to go out of your way to get Taco Bell.
Oh, yeah. I was thinking of a different place but looking at pictures, another Taco Bell that I knew of still exists. I never went there. It's in another shady area. Terrible reviews on both Yelp and Google.
But people rave about Taco Bell generally so maybe I'll check it out after the hype dies down.
Five Guys is another American restaurant chain that people rave about. I've had it twice. Once in Aberdeen, once in...I don't even remember...Dundee or some shit. It was alright. I'll even say it was good. But it was pretty expensive. It was better than, say, Burger King, but how much better? Does difference in quality exceed the difference in price? I don't know. Maybe it does. I can't remember how much it was.
Hipster douchebags in both Five Guys locations. I mean the patrons. The employees too but that's not surprising. Just young people looking for work.
What the hell was I talking about? Oh. Wonder Years. Yeah, I think I prefer the later episodes, actually. It's been years since I've watched any but that's my recollection. The show actually got better when Kevin was in high school, Paul was given a lesser role, that Winnie drama was out, and Kevin became something of a cool dude. It's much more relatable than this nonsense where 12/13 year old Kevin Arnold is beating the girls off with the proverbial stick.
Like I remember when he gets the job as a delivery driver for that Chinese restaurant. And he has that shit car that he bought from his grandfather for $1. And then he has it painted with the Chinese restaurant's logo. It's plausible. Except for that last bit, perhaps. But yeah, a 16 year old getting a job as a delivery driver? I can buy that.
There are so many episodes that I didn't see, though. The later ones in particular. I somehow got off the series by the end. Never saw the finale, certainly, but I know what happens because it was talked about in school.
There was an episode entitled Hero which I still remember. It was a later episode. I should check it out again, perhaps. But it was about Kevin's adoration of a basketball playing fellow student of his.
Why was Kevin obsessed with this scholar athlete? It's a bit gay. But he was. And it rings true. Not that I was ever enamored with the "jocks", as 80s films about American high school life called them, but there was general veneration for athletics. Have to go to "pep rallies" and shit which were just to pump up excitement for the school team.
Kevin's father is less impressed with this star player. He mentions some deficiencies in his game. Kevin takes exception to this and goes into a jealous rage.
Then Kevin turns to this athlete and says, "Good game. We almost won" or something like that. And this guy says "We?" in a mocking way. Then Kevin turns to his dad, humiliated, and his dad is an understanding guy and they walk away together.
It's believable. I can see that happening. The emotions ring true.
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