Today after Mass I decided to try Five Guys again and get that task out of the way. I went to the new store in Sunnyvale, and ordered a hamburger, with everything except mayo, ketchup, or mustard, plus green peppers. My second visit did not change the opinion I had after my first visit to a Five Guys (the store in Fremont). I didn't think the patties had much taste -- did they add any seasoning to the patties? I have to say that the best burgers I've had recently are my own, made with the ground beef from Whole Foods, and I haven't had to add any salt to the beef so far. I am not sure if it is the lack of salt or if it is the lack of fat that is making the Five Guy patties taste rather bland. The In and Out patties may not be better, but since they're smaller (thinner), and covered with cheese, it is not easy getting a taste of the beef. I've had my Five Guys fix and won't be returning -- the burgers and fries aren't worth the price. If you're going to shell out that kind of dough, you might as well go to Red Robin or The Counter.
Later this afternoon I went to the local Home Depot to return an item. In front of me in the returns line was an Asian lady (Chinese?) who was returning a lot of stuff. She also had an unfriendly look on her face, and as far as I could see (or hear), wasn't very polite. That's normal in certain parts of China, but those same parts of China fail according to Chinese standards of politeness, or that's what I'd like to claim. Anyway... her behavior naturally led me to think about the immigration question, and the disservice the elites are doing to the United States. I think the American bishops really need to stop talking about immigration reform, unless they can come up with a sustainable way to pay for a proper education for immigrants (covering both English and mores). You might argue that many "natives" fail when it comes to politeness, but the solution to that is not to admit more people who also do not meet those standards, but to find ways to re-educate the population.
For now the American bishops might find support among non-Catholic liberals and such, but if the population becomes more "reactionary" as times become more difficult, I imagine that resentment against the bishops (and Catholics in general) might grow. "Who are Catholics to dictate how the country should be governed, when this isn't a Catholic country?" etc.
I hope the bishops aren't so base as to think that admitting more immigrants, many of whom are Catholic in name only, is good because it benefits Church "membership."
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