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2012-06-30 11:40:44 AM  

Krymson Tyde: They were kind enough to set up port-a-potties for the residents.
[i232.photobucket.com image 300x375]


Good thing I wasn't eating or drinking. I'm having breathing problems now.

Anyway I remember this story from days/weeks ago, Mexican food in Eskimo country? The tacos will be stashed away and sold on the black market for hundreds of bucks.
 
2012-06-30 11:41:10 AM  
Remote Alaskan town? Me thinks the menfolk would prefer these

1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com
 
2012-06-30 11:50:45 AM  
You invited Eric? I thought he gave you the creeps.

/I like tacos
 
2012-06-30 11:57:41 AM  
I have some relatives in Bethel. I posted this story on facebook and tagged them, and one replied that they were going to be out of town (in Colorado) visiting other family when it happens. So, I guess they'll miss the spectacle. On the bright side, if they wanted to be with their neighbors in spirit, they could probably buy all the Taco Bell tacos they could stomach for 15 or 20 bucks.
 
2012-06-30 12:00:11 PM  

Treetop1000: I can see this now.... "Ice Road Tacos"....


Or Farting Wild Alaska?
 
2012-06-30 12:04:59 PM  
i.ytimg.com
I don't know but I've been told
Eskimo tacos are mighty cold
 
2012-06-30 12:05:20 PM  
A cruel hoax and now these people are being given Taco Bell food. Haven't these people suffered enough?

/Seriously quite cool of Taco Bell
 
2012-06-30 12:13:28 PM  

the801: . A couple of restaurants offer some Mexican food, but the price is prohibitive - $15 for a burrito and rice.

as compared to the $10-$12 dollars you'd expect to spend on a burrito and rice at a mexican restaurant in houston, a town full of mexicans and mexican restaurants? i'm sure there are much, much better examples of prohibitive prices in bethel AK.


Good, I'm not three only one then...$15 for a burrito and rice in Phoenix is this: lh4.googleusercontent.com
What's more sad is that I get better tasting burritos at the chains...
 
2012-06-30 12:16:49 PM  
I wonder why they would not open one on the island. 6200 people is enough to support a taco bell. Heck towns of 2500 around here have taco bells.
 
2012-06-30 12:18:50 PM  

Monongahela Misfit: I don't mind that a Palm Beach paper is bringing us this story, but it seems they have an opening for a Good writer at the out of state news desk.

No they don't want me, and they couldnt afford me either.

Also, good on Taco Hell for bringing in the Tacos, but how about while they are there, they look for a local to start learning how to open a TB franchise.



Probably because you're not a "Good" writer. Locale is not the same word as local.
 
2012-06-30 12:22:25 PM  

Aikidogamer: I wonder why they would not open one on the island. 6200 people is enough to support a taco bell. Heck towns of 2500 around here have taco bells.


I would bet that most of those towns can get supplied by trucks and not by planes. Being out in the middle of nowhere tends to raise the cost quite a bit.
 
2012-06-30 12:24:01 PM  

Aquapope: Monongahela Misfit: I don't mind that a Palm Beach paper is bringing us this story, but it seems they have an opening for a Good writer at the out of state news desk.

No they don't want me, and they couldnt afford me either.

Also, good on Taco Hell for bringing in the Tacos, but how about while they are there, they look for a local to start learning how to open a TB franchise.


Probably because you're not a "Good" writer. Locale is not the same word as local.


Ummmm... local as in a person who lives in that location who would be interested in opening a franchise.

How exactly does one teach a locale to open a franchise?
 
2012-06-30 12:28:47 PM  
There are a dozen or so restaurants, most with similar menus. A couple of restaurants offer some Mexican food, but the price is prohibitive - $15 for a burrito and rice.
The Subway is quite popular, but getting a taco means flying to Anchorage.
"It's kind of an expensive taco," said Sam Blankenship, who works for the city.


learnsomethingnewtoday.us

You live in the snow- MOVE TO WHERE THE TACOS ARE!!
 
2012-06-30 12:41:33 PM  

Benjamin Orr: Aikidogamer: I wonder why they would not open one on the island. 6200 people is enough to support a taco bell. Heck towns of 2500 around here have taco bells.

I would bet that most of those towns can get supplied by trucks and not by planes. Being out in the middle of nowhere tends to raise the cost quite a bit.


I suppose. I figured maybe boat.
 
2012-06-30 12:44:23 PM  

Aquapope: Locale is not the same word as local.


In this context "local" makes more sense and is likely what the author intended.
 
2012-06-30 12:45:58 PM  

Benjamin Orr: There are going to be some very disappointed people after that taco feast. Taco Bell will never match up to their expectations.


"you call this a BIG BEEF BURRITO?"

WHERES THE BEEF
IM GONNA SHOOT SOMEONE IF SOMEONE DONT PUT EXTRA F00D ON HERE
 
2012-06-30 12:46:37 PM  

the801: . A couple of restaurants offer some Mexican food, but the price is prohibitive - $15 for a burrito and rice.

as compared to the $10-$12 dollars you'd expect to spend on a burrito and rice at a mexican restaurant in houston, a town full of mexicans and mexican restaurants? i'm sure there are much, much better examples of prohibitive prices in bethel AK.


I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the residents of a small Alaska town have different standards for "prohibitive" than people living in a major city. Just a hunch. :P
 
2012-06-30 01:11:35 PM  
Know how hard is it to make your own tacos? Brown some beef with taco seasoning, shovel it plus grated cheese, onion, and a little lettuce into a taco shell and you're done. Ten minutes if you're exceptionally slow, and they're damned tasty. Ditto for burritos. If you're dying for a taco or similar food, just make it yourself, it's easy.
 
2012-06-30 01:13:36 PM  

zulius: the801: . A couple of restaurants offer some Mexican food, but the price is prohibitive - $15 for a burrito and rice.

as compared to the $10-$12 dollars you'd expect to spend on a burrito and rice at a mexican restaurant in houston, a town full of mexicans and mexican restaurants? i'm sure there are much, much better examples of prohibitive prices in bethel AK.

Good, I'm not three only one then...$15 for a burrito and rice in Phoenix is this: [lh4.googleusercontent.com image 300x224]
What's more sad is that I get better tasting burritos at the chains...


Dude, you've got to go to a different restaurant. I've had plenty of good quality Mexican food in Phoenix, and not from chains.
 
2012-06-30 01:20:06 PM  

Euell Gibbons: i have to suffer through Long John Silvers ads all the time, with none near me.


I thought you ate pine trees.

Many parts are edible.
 
2012-06-30 01:22:03 PM  
Or just buy a stove and hire high school kids: Link
 
2012-06-30 01:28:47 PM  

jjorsett: Know how hard is it to make your own tacos? Brown some beef with taco seasoning, shovel it plus grated cheese, onion, and a little lettuce into a taco shell and you're done. Ten minutes if you're exceptionally slow, and they're damned tasty. Ditto for burritos. If you're dying for a taco or similar food, just make it yourself, it's easy.


In Alaska, lettuce and tomatoes are QUITE hard to come by. They can't go in frozen or dry storage.

Even things which CAN be frozen and shipped with long storage times, while available, are VERY expensive due to shipping costs, due to both the extreme distance from the mfg and lack of a huge market there or anywhere along the way.

As I understand it, they eat a lot more caribou than beef, because it is obtained locally.
 
2012-06-30 01:32:19 PM  
Did someone say TACO!!?!
 
2012-06-30 01:34:38 PM  

Oznog: jjorsett: Know how hard is it to make your own tacos? Brown some beef with taco seasoning, shovel it plus grated cheese, onion, and a little lettuce into a taco shell and you're done. Ten minutes if you're exceptionally slow, and they're damned tasty. Ditto for burritos. If you're dying for a taco or similar food, just make it yourself, it's easy.

In Alaska, lettuce and tomatoes are QUITE hard to come by. They can't go in frozen or dry storage.

Even things which CAN be frozen and shipped with long storage times, while available, are VERY expensive due to shipping costs, due to both the extreme distance from the mfg and lack of a huge market there or anywhere along the way.

As I understand it, they eat a lot more caribou than beef, because it is obtained locally.


www.theabsurdreport.com

Sarah Palin: "I'm gonna go shoot me a taco!"

/hehehe tacos rule!
 
2012-06-30 01:43:32 PM  

wrenchboy: BalugaJoe: That is going to back up the entire sewer septic system system of what amounts to chamber pots and porta-potties of that small town.


Yes, I'm very serious. Bethel--being in an area that is in Remote-Ass Alaska AND is a permafrost area--doesn't have sewers OR septic in many of the places where people live--whilst there has been a water and sewer ordinance finally passed, but these require a LOT of engineering to keep from melting the permafrost. Despite the fact it is technically illegal as of 2012 (when the town finally got the funding), there are a lot of people not on the sewer system in Bethel.

As a result--and especially on account of the permafrost issue--many Bethel residents generally don't even have outhouses--instead, they tend to have what are eupehemistically referred to as "honey pots" which are literally buckets people shiat in (which are lined with plastic bags) and which are disposed of in the town dump--by setting them outside with the garbage to be picked up, or being dumped manually. (Needless to say, there is a higher rate of gastrointestinal illnesses in Bethel compared to areas in Alaska with modern plumbing.)

I swear I am not making this up--outside of Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Nome and their various suburbs including Wasilla, pretty much the primary method of waste disposal in much of Alaska consists in shiatting in a bucket.

And yes, even though Bethel FINALLY has gotten a (permafrost-friendly) public sewer system and mandates connections, an awful lot of folks in Bethel are still using honey buckets complete with the health issues involved.

/has had friends who lived in rural Alaska before
//it's a whole different world than even deep Appalachia
 
2012-06-30 01:55:17 PM  
There's only enough for everyone to get ONE taco each, if 10,000 show up like they expect.
Short party.
 
2012-06-30 02:16:21 PM  

Great Porn Dragon: wrenchboy: BalugaJoe: That is going to back up the entire sewer septic system system of what amounts to chamber pots and porta-potties of that small town.

Yes, I'm very serious. Bethel--being in an area that is in Remote-Ass Alaska AND is a permafrost area--doesn't have sewers OR septic in many of the places where people live--whilst there has been a water and sewer ordinance finally passed, but these require a LOT of engineering to keep from melting the permafrost. Despite the fact it is technically illegal as of 2012 (when the town finally got the funding), there are a lot of people not on the sewer system in Bethel.

As a result--and especially on account of the permafrost issue--many Bethel residents generally don't even have outhouses--instead, they tend to have what are eupehemistically referred to as "honey pots" which are literally buckets people shiat in (which are lined with plastic bags) and which are disposed of in the town dump--by setting them outside with the garbage to be picked up, or being dumped manually. (Needless to say, there is a higher rate of gastrointestinal illnesses in Bethel compared to areas in Alaska with modern plumbing.)

I swear I am not making this up--outside of Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Nome and their various suburbs including Wasilla, pretty much the primary method of waste disposal in much of Alaska consists in shiatting in a bucket.

And yes, even though Bethel FINALLY has gotten a (permafrost-friendly) public sewer system and mandates connections, an awful lot of folks in Bethel are still using honey buckets complete with the health issues involved.

/has had friends who lived in rural Alaska before
//it's a whole different world than even deep Appalachia


www.hwdyk.com

"Also, one month my toilet broke and I just went straight in the garbage can."
 
2012-06-30 02:27:20 PM  
The end of the road?
 
2012-06-30 02:47:25 PM  
Benjamin Orr: Aikidogamer: I wonder why they would not open one on the island. 6200 people is enough to support a taco bell. Heck towns of 2500 around here have taco bells.

I would bet that most of those towns can get supplied by trucks and not by planes. Being out in the middle of nowhere tends to raise the cost quite a bit.

I suppose. I figured maybe boat.


During the summer that entails a long trip around the peninsula and then a trip up a river. Many boats are not capable of both river and deep ocean travel. During winter even that is not possible either due to ice.
 
2012-06-30 04:04:19 PM  

zulius: the801: . A couple of restaurants offer some Mexican food, but the price is prohibitive - $15 for a burrito and rice.

as compared to the $10-$12 dollars you'd expect to spend on a burrito and rice at a mexican restaurant in houston, a town full of mexicans and mexican restaurants? i'm sure there are much, much better examples of prohibitive prices in bethel AK.

Good, I'm not three only one then...$15 for a burrito and rice in Phoenix is this: [lh4.googleusercontent.com image 300x224]
What's more sad is that I get better tasting burritos at the chains...


Dude, move to Knoxville.
Monterrey
Monterrey menu
Best of all, that place has a special that isn't listed on the menu. All you can eat burritos, tacos (hard or soft shell), rice, and refried beans. it is like 9.50 at dinner time and only 7 something at lunch time. You tell them what combination of those you want and they bring it to you VERY hot. If you finish it all you just tell them what combination of it you want next. They also have very good salsa they bring you with freshly made chips.
 
2012-06-30 04:11:18 PM  
Hacker_X: as compared to the $10-$12 dollars you'd expect to spend on a burrito and rice at a mexican restaurant in houston, a town full of mexicans and mexican restaurants? i'm sure there are much, much better examples of prohibitive prices in bethel AK.

It's texas, so how big is the burrito?

www.rounds.com
 
2012-06-30 04:15:08 PM  

lordargent: Hacker_X: as compared to the $10-$12 dollars you'd expect to spend on a burrito and rice at a mexican restaurant in houston, a town full of mexicans and mexican restaurants? i'm sure there are much, much better examples of prohibitive prices in bethel AK.

It's texas, so how big is the burrito?

www.rounds.com


www.myfacewhen.net
 
2012-06-30 04:22:32 PM  

Oznog: jjorsett: Know how hard is it to make your own tacos? Brown some beef with taco seasoning, shovel it plus grated cheese, onion, and a little lettuce into a taco shell and you're done. Ten minutes if you're exceptionally slow, and they're damned tasty. Ditto for burritos. If you're dying for a taco or similar food, just make it yourself, it's easy.

In Alaska, lettuce and tomatoes are QUITE hard to come by. They can't go in frozen or dry storage.

Even things which CAN be frozen and shipped with long storage times, while available, are VERY expensive due to shipping costs, due to both the extreme distance from the mfg and lack of a huge market there or anywhere along the way.

As I understand it, they eat a lot more caribou than beef, because it is obtained locally.


Alaskans on the shipping routes/road system have plenty of produce, thanks. We grow it ourselves in the summertime.

Bethel is a mostly Yup'ik Eskimo community, far, far from the road system or shipping lanes. They're more into sea mammals there.

/bets half those tacos will end up with seal oil on them.
 
2012-06-30 04:24:38 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Oznog: jjorsett: Know how hard is it to make your own tacos? Brown some beef with taco seasoning, shovel it plus grated cheese, onion, and a little lettuce into a taco shell and you're done. Ten minutes if you're exceptionally slow, and they're damned tasty. Ditto for burritos. If you're dying for a taco or similar food, just make it yourself, it's easy.

In Alaska, lettuce and tomatoes are QUITE hard to come by. They can't go in frozen or dry storage.

Even things which CAN be frozen and shipped with long storage times, while available, are VERY expensive due to shipping costs, due to both the extreme distance from the mfg and lack of a huge market there or anywhere along the way.

As I understand it, they eat a lot more caribou than beef, because it is obtained locally.

Alaskans on the shipping routes/road system have plenty of produce, thanks. We grow it ourselves in the summertime.

Bethel is a mostly Yup'ik Eskimo community, far, far from the road system or shipping lanes. They're more into sea mammals there.

/bets half those tacos will end up with seal oil on them.


You mean the runs, right?
 
2012-06-30 04:38:01 PM  

Raging Thespian: A cruel hoax and now these people are being given Taco Bell food. Haven't these people suffered enough?


Really. Taco Hell sucks.

lordargent: It's texas, so how big is the burrito?

[www.rounds.com image 620x400]


That made me think of Manuel's Special Burrito at El Tepeyac in Este Los, SoCal. Big enough to feed 4-6 people.

www.concierge.com

farm7.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-30 05:09:48 PM  

lewismarktwo: BalugaJoe: That is going to back up the entire sewer system of that small town.

Hahaha... sewer system... good one! They don't even have septic systems. We're talking shiat buckets. Works fine tho.


Bethel has flush toilets. Well, at least most of it does. Your water just comes from a tank instead of a pipe. And it runs out if you use to much.
 
2012-06-30 05:10:41 PM  

the801: . A couple of restaurants offer some Mexican food, but the price is prohibitive - $15 for a burrito and rice.

as compared to the $10-$12 dollars you'd expect to spend on a burrito and rice at a mexican restaurant in houston, a town full of mexicans and mexican restaurants? i'm sure there are much, much better examples of prohibitive prices in bethel AK.


If you're spending that much for two things, you're going to the wrong places. Which, yeah: Houston. But I can go to a restaurant here & get rice, beans, guacamole, a couple of nachos, two enchiladas, a beef taco, & beef chalupa for $10. That's at a little place on the East Side. I mean, sure I can go to Mi Tierra and spend twice as much, but there's no real reason to.
 
2012-06-30 11:50:08 PM  
http://m.zdnet.com/blog/datacenter/apple-plans-a-1b-bet-on-nevada/1465


Apple's new compound.
 
2012-07-01 12:21:15 AM  
Apparently you just can't get away from Subway, wherever you are. There are five of them in the suburb I live in. Five. Two McDonald's, two Wendy's, one Burger King, and five friggin' Subways. There aren't even that many Starbucks around here!

A couple of years back I got to visit the Arizona Meteor Crater. The visitor's center had a small souvenir shop... and a Subway.
 
2012-07-01 02:45:50 AM  

tetsoushima: ChrisDe: This town knows how to make its taco pop!

An excuse to post hot pictures of Shawn Johnson?

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 349x481]

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

I'll be in my bunk.


oh my goodness.
 
2012-07-01 02:47:02 AM  

1stgenwhtrash: Nice job by Taco Bell on this, but if they want a good Mexican chain up there, they should open one of these.

[i18.photobucket.com image 398x310]

/learn your order number in Spanish


You know you've been on te internet too long when...
 
2012-07-01 04:14:44 AM  
950 pounds is about one and a half ounces of meat per taco. I doubt they are making baja street tacos, so those tacos are going to be mostly lettuce.
 
2012-07-01 05:26:31 AM  
The prank is what? People unsuspectingly eating Taco Bell tacos i guess. Granted, that's cruel and unusual. Sad to see so many people thinking that is how a taco is supposed to be like in this thread. :P
 
2012-07-01 07:23:49 AM  

tetsoushima: ChrisDe: This town knows how to make its taco pop!

An excuse to post hot pictures of Shawn Johnson?

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

I'll be in my bunk.


That second picture just makes me feel creepy. Carry on.
 
2012-07-01 07:27:30 AM  

jjorsett: Know how hard is it to make your own tacos? Brown some beef with taco seasoning, shovel it plus grated cheese, onion, and a little lettuce into a taco shell and you're done. Ten minutes if you're exceptionally slow, and they're damned tasty. Ditto for burritos. If you're dying for a taco or similar food, just make it yourself, it's easy.


I bet there is not a good supply of corn tortillas. Yes, some corn masa would work.
 
2012-07-01 01:01:27 PM  

Harry_Seldon: jjorsett: Know how hard is it to make your own tacos? Brown some beef with taco seasoning, shovel it plus grated cheese, onion, and a little lettuce into a taco shell and you're done. Ten minutes if you're exceptionally slow, and they're damned tasty. Ditto for burritos. If you're dying for a taco or similar food, just make it yourself, it's easy.

I bet there is not a good supply of corn tortillas. Yes, some corn masa would work.


To be perfectly honest, I'm honestly kind of shocked that a Subway exists, much less T-Hell, much less even sit-down restaurants in Bethel--I assume they exist for the mining-exploration migrant population, but (as others have noted) otherwise it's pretty much a Yupik Inuit community in the middle of BFE Alaska (which, along with BFE NWT and BFE Nunavut, really IS its own special animal).

This means that pretty much all supplies have to be flown in, and--rather infamously--it's not all that uncommon for stuff in BFE Up North to be considerably more expensive than in parts of the world not known for snow and ice and Inuit (especially so for vegetables and some other products associated with Western/Southern lifestyle)--hence why actual subsistence hunting still is big in those parts of the world, especially among First Nations folk.

Not only do supplies have to be flown in, but in many cases they can only be flown in at certain times, or the airport may only have a certain capacity (size-wise or otherwise) of planes they can handle...there's a real reason that in permafrost areas that can SUPPORT ice roads in the winter that they're a real lifeline (quite often with dry goods they're hauling in stuff for the entire WINTER).

Bethel, unfortunately, is in a part of Alaska that is permafrost but where the permafrost is not stable enough to support winter ice roads; anything that comes in is going to come in either through air or through barge (and in the case of barges, involving a transfer from a sea port) which drives up transportation costs.

It's also (to put it mildly) VERY unlikely that they'll ever get a gravel road there a la the Dalton or Dempster--pretty much Bethel is the ONLY major community in its area (the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta AND is in a borough of Alaska that is presently the only unincorporated "county-level" metropolitan area in the US and which is functionally a de facto "territory of Alaska"--even the North Slope Borough, which is nothing but petroleum exploration and Inuit and wildlife refuges, is considered to have more capacity for self-incorporation than this part of Alaska--it is TRULY BFE).

This combo...is why I'm honestly surprised there's a single place there that doesn't deal in what is oft referred to as "country food" in the High North (read: pretty much any sort of critters capable of being brought down by firearms and whatever wild berries you can gather in the growing season--that comment about tacos topped with seal oil isn't that far off, because people DO eat seal oil in that part of the world because it's cheaper than buying a steak at the grocery).

When you're in a part of the world where it is not unlikely that a single fresh tomato or pepper costs five bucks, corn masa is probably out of the question. :P
 
2012-07-01 03:45:22 PM  

SkunkWorx: A couple of years back I got to visit the Arizona Meteor Crater. The visitor's center had a small souvenir shop... and a Subway.


There are a lot of Subways, but if I'm on the road I'd rather eat at a Subway than a McD's or Burger King because I can actually get some vegetables on my sammich.
 
2012-07-01 06:40:09 PM  

Harry_Seldon: tetsoushima: ChrisDe: This town knows how to make its taco pop!

An excuse to post hot pictures of Shawn Johnson?

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

I'll be in my bunk.

That second picture just makes me feel creepy. Carry on.


I like it when they just lay there like that...

fc09.deviantart.net
 
2012-07-01 07:11:14 PM  

tetsoushima: Harry_Seldon: tetsoushima: ChrisDe: This town knows how to make its taco pop!

An excuse to post hot pictures of Shawn Johnson?

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

I'll be in my bunk.

That second picture just makes me feel creepy. Carry on.

I like it when they just lay there like that...


I just checked, she would have been 14 years old in that picture.
 
2012-07-01 07:27:14 PM  

Harry_Seldon: tetsoushima: Harry_Seldon: tetsoushima: ChrisDe: This town knows how to make its taco pop!

An excuse to post hot pictures of Shawn Johnson?

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

I'll be in my bunk.

That second picture just makes me feel creepy. Carry on.

I like it when they just lay there like that...


I just checked, she would have been 14 years old in that picture.


18? Awright!
 
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