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Wednesday, June 08, 2005


"...and today the reality became a reality."
Standing on the roadside dressed as a hamburger, Steve Balbone insisted he and his friends weren’t on drugs.

“Everybody’s clean,” he said.

Still, there they were at lunchtime Tuesday in front of the McDonald’s at 1309 W. Sixth St., staging a mock protest aimed at getting the restaurant to reopen as it undergoes renovation. For this group of young artists and musicians — one shirtless, one wearing a furry helmet with antlers — it was as much an act of absurd street theater as it was a serious demonstration.

“I’ve had this in my head for almost a week to try to do this, and today the reality became a reality,” said Balbone, 25, who was wearing a Big Mac costume and a cloth mask with a fuzzy white beard attached. “There’s no Happy Meal, so how can you stay at all positive?”

As some of their friends shot video footage, Balbone and five others pumped their fists and gave thumbs-up signals to passing motorists. They shouted, “We’re McStarving!” and held signs that read “Montana Mike Stay’d Open,” and “Stay Open Now!”

Am I laughing because this is funny, or am I laughing because this is fucking stupid? Although, I must admit, I do like the "weeping arches" sign.


  • The thing is, Montana Mike's would stay open.

    I hope they're renovating to be a Rock and Roll McDonald's. That would rule.

    By Blogger Maggie, at 6/10/2005 01:00:00 AM  

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