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Helen: Thank you, Kevin, for the offer to give me a lift. It’s always such a trouble to take a bus from our Post Office.
Kevin: Welcome, dear. If I knew it earlier that you live a few steps from me, I would certainly do it each time. By the way, I’m going to drop by Hard Rock Café, you know? You can have a bite to eat with me.
H: That’s a great idea, but I’m afraid I’m not hungry.
K: Come on, you can have some salad or a cake. I’m a real fan of that house, I invite you.
H: You are very nice, but I actually don’t like to eat out, especially at fast food restaurants.
K: Are you kidding me? What fast food?
H: Excuse me if I’m wrong but as far as I know their menu is not the healthiest in the world. All those chicken wings and other…
K: Well, I like HR not only for food, but rather for atmosphere and style. If that is not a real dream of yours, I will cope with it.
H: Please, don’t get offended. I just worry about my health.
K: So, you mean that I give a damn about mine, I see.
H: I didn’t mean that, Kevin.
K: But it sounded that way, dear.
H: I know that you often have lunch at Arby’s or bring a quick meal from McDonalds. I just don’t share your preferences.
K: That’s true, I hate McDonalds, but sometimes I have no other choices, you see. Fast food restaurants, in fact, have heaps of benefits.
H: Like what?
K: Like saving your money and time, of course.
H: At the cost of your health. Great!
K: Aren’t you too skeptical, dear? Even fast food restaurants differ. I agree, McDonalds is not the best option, it smells lousy, but…
H: But they have free Wi-Fi and clean closets. I really appreciate it.
K: Hey, I’m serious, lady. Their breakfasts are not that bad, and, and, and I really enjoy chicken breast strips from time to time, is that a sin?
H: God forbid, I’m not trying to accuse you of all mortal sins! I hope you do not eat like a horse, otherwise it would be gluttony at its finest, he-he… What I’m trying to say is that all those carcinogens, liver destruction, arteries clogged aren’t inspiring me at all.
K: You don’t know that.
H: Oh really? Do you need to check everything yourself? And look, would you personally agree to work at McDonalds?
K: Not the best job offer in my life, true.
H: Because it is as if you participated in slow killing of all their visitors…
K: Not because of that. I just would really eat non-stop then, you see. The way they cook is really not the healthiest, I agree. But not all fast food restaurants are of that kind. What about Baja Fresh?
H: Mexican, right?
K: Absolutely. They make every order fresh, not defrosted as in McDonalds. And they are rather quick, too.
H: My brother is their regular client. But I wouldn’t say it is cost saving, is it?
K: Ahem… It’s, of course, twice more expensive than at McDonalds, but I think their prices are reasonable for that delicious staff.
H: I see.
K: What? Not an argument for you?
H: An argument for what? For eating fast food?
K: For distinguishing between good fast food restaurants and bad ones, dear.
K: Why? Long John Silver’s fish, for instance, makes you lick your fingers!
H: Kevin, I’m totally sure there are a whole lot of tasty things anywhere, but I prefer to be a healthy eater. Excuse me, but I don’t feel like suffering from obesity and cancer.
K: There you go. Still, I’m pretty sure all that noise about obesity is just exaggerated. If, of course, you don’t gorge it three times a day, seven days a week and so on. All that obesity epidemics is much more affected by the lack of movement. Man, stand up, have a walk instead of taking a taxi, join basketball team, go to the gym. There your obesity will come to an end.
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H: That’s the point. And snacks! I agree, eating at fast food restaurants on occasions is no biggie. But junk food! Gee, we’re all so addicted and mad about crackers, potato chips, ice creams, snacks!
K: Alas… But until you don’t pay so much attention to that, it’s easier to live, dear. I don’t feel like a sick man, I’m full with life and energy, and I like tasty food. And again, I save my money. If I go to a standard restaurant, I will spent an hour and pay three times more, what for?
H: Actually, I’m not comparing different kinds of restaurants. I contrast fast food to eating at home. You buy products yourself and know for certain what your meal consists of.
K: Huh? I’m sure, when I get married, my eating patterns will positively change. Until that moment, I have no time and no wish to cook myself. I just have no talent for that, you can’t blame me.
H: Of course, I can’t. But it would be great if you become a little bit more conscious. Promise me that you will eat more fruit and vegetables. And I will join you today at Hard Rock Café, a deal?
K: A deal, dear.