There was some leftover meat from cheesesteak night at my house, so I put it on a salad.
The meat had been cooked with onions, roasted peppers, and Worcestershire sauce. After two days in the refrigerator, it took on the flavor of the other ingredients. Delicious.
I thought myself rather creative. But while eating I opened a magazine and saw a sandwich that rivaled my imagination: a fried egg and two strips of bacon inside a glazed doughnut.
Yes, a doughnut sandwich. They are being tested by Dunkin' Donuts in the Boston area.
The story, in the April 22 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek, carried the headline: "Why More Extreme Foods Are Creeping Onto Menus."
Among the items mentioned was a Pizza Hut pizza with 16 open-faced crust pockets filled with cheese; a Burger King burger stuffed with bacon and cheddar; and a Johnny Rockets milkshake that blends in a piece of apple pie.
The article noted that bacon has become a key ingredient in these extreme foods, like in Burger King's bacon sundae.
The food industry calls this "dude food" because it appeals mainly to men. However, it's unclear why men enjoy this high-caloric, low-nutritional food more than women.
For sure, women are smarter. But men overall have placed themselves on a path toward decline and self-destruction. Women have responded, and are either prepared to run things or are running them. Colleges are being advised to set up special programs to encourage men to finish their degrees.
It has gotten that bad.
This trend was recognized in The Atlantic in 2010, in an article by Hanna Rosin called "The End of Men." It has since become a book.
"Man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind," she wrote. "But for the first time in human history, that is changing - and with shocking speed."
According to Rosin, in 2010 women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers, she says, are now women, and three women will earn college degrees for every two men.
I once traveled to a tribal village in southwest Asia, a matriarchal society. The women did everything. They took great pride in themselves and walked the village's dirt paths in colorful dresses, fantastic headpieces, and dazzling jewelry. They had great posture.
The slouching men dressed in shabby work clothes, which was odd because they didn't seem to work. They sat around all day smoking cigarettes.
It was a shocking scene for me, one that I have never forgotten. Now, it has come to the U.S.A.
I have since looked for hope and evidence that things could turn back around. I found that evidence.
It is a YouTube video of two women eating a glazed doughnut sandwich that includes, not just the bacon and egg, but also a greasy, heart-clogging hamburger. And they loved it.