I used to say that one of the main (though there are many) differences between Indiana and California is the fact that people in Indiana fry everything, and love every second of it, while Californians turn up their nose at fried food and opt instead for trendy plates of low-calorie, high-sodium sushi. And it’s true in some sense — the evidence of this is the fact that in Indiana, at 5’6" and 115 lbs I’m considered runway model thin, but in California I’m an easy candidate for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program.
But I’ve changed my stance, ever so slightly.
In California we do have our fair share of people who like everything fried. But the difference is that they do not do it out in the open. They know that it is shameful, and so they enjoy their grease-laden fare in secret, in the privacy of their own homes. It’s like porn — most people won’t admit to watching it, yet many are secretly addicted to it. But in Indiana, there is no shame in frying anything and everything. It’s a world in which deep-fryers occupy daily counterspace with the coffee-maker and toaster.
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