13 May 2008

Fried Potatoes

Last night I dreamed about waffle fries. I have no idea why I dreamed about waffle fries. I like waffle fries. Though, I can't remember the last time I ate a waffle fry. Maybe at Chick-fil-A in the late 1980s? Is it possible to buy waffle fries anywhere but Chick-fil-A? Is there such a thing as Chick-fil-A

In my dream I ate waffle fries made at a place, a sort of deli, that specialized in cured meats. I remember dried sausages and legs of jamón serrano or Prosciutto hanging in the front window. And they also made waffle fries. Then I was outside the cured meat and waffle fry deli and noticed a group of women taking a tea break and enjoying their own waffle fries. These women all had long dresses on and I came to the realization that I was in some sort of Pennsylvania Amish or Mennonite community--a traditional but not necessarily exclusive or closed society. It seemed fine that I was there. In fact, so to speak, nobody paid me no mind.

And that was about it. Not very exciting but, apparently, significant enough for me to wake in the morning and think, Wow, I just had a dream about waffle fries. It's difficult to apply pop psychology theories to a dream like that. Repressed desires for novelty food? No. Food as my connection to a world that makes little sense to me otherwise? Uh. My inner confusions over the intersection of popular and traditional cultures? Maybe.

It probably has something to do with skiing, though, or the lack thereof. Something to do with my mind slowly warping because I haven't seen a significant snowfall since--when?--last October? September even? Something to do with these monotonous, cool but hideously dry days with early morning sunshine and afternoon polluted haze. The mountains hover above me like abandoned castles, slowly crumbling, unnoticed by anyone but me.

Good god let it snow soon.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, there still is a Chick-Fil-A. It's pretty successful here in Texas, I should say. Well, honestly, that's just my opinion. However, waffle fries are amazing, especially when they are done right. I was working on a project and happened to stumble upon this blog. I hope life is treating you well, and when I eat a waffle fry I will remember your blog. Afterwards, I shall share this anecdote with my friends. I hope you are having a good day, and more wonderful dreams about waffle fries.