All the discussion on the Federal Takeover of the CNMI's Immigration ceased on December 15, 2007 at approximately 10:00 AM. Really, I wouldn't joke about something so serious.
At that exact moment, the people of the CNMI turned their attention to a much more important matter, the recent opening of Taco Bell...and no, I'm not kidding.
This has been the biggest thing to hit the CNMI since the shelling we got from the US during World War II.
It is estimated that about 3000 people showed up for the recent Unity March. The best guess for the Martin Nievera concert hovers around 10,000. From what I have been told, over 25,000 crashed through the gates of Taco Bell on their first day of business.
OK, now I'm kidding.
But seriously, EJ and I went to Taco Bell this morning and the line was practically out the door. It wasn't even lunch time!
Who knew Chamorros and Filipinos loved Mexican food so much?!?!
They've got everything one would expect at Taco Bell, but it seemed a lot more expensive than it should have been.
A hard shell beef taco was $1.29. Doesn't that seem expensive?
Oh well, that didn't stop us. I got some hard tacos and chalupas and EJ got a steak burrito and some nachos. The whole thing came out to $14.76. Again, doesn't that seem kind of expensive for Taco Bell?
There was no available seating at the restaurant, so EJ and I decided to take our food to the beach. We found a nice little concrete picnic table at American Memorial Park and sat down to our feast.
American Memorial Park is Saipan's only National Park. How many people get to go to Taco Bell and then eat it in a National Park? We had a nice time sitting by the beach watching the kite surfers and the windsurfers.
Nothing says romance like Taco Bell, let me tell you.
What else can I say about the Bell? It tasted just like it tastes in America and I look forward to paying them many, many dollars to help me expand my waste line in the next several months.