Metrodome plaza, 6:35 p.m. Thursday, half hour before the Twins play Seattle. A passerby notices a booth that resembles all the other food stands on the plaza, but this one doesn't have a line of people buying corn dogs, burgers or barbeque sandwiches.
Instead, it's got an Animatronic chef behind a faux grill. The sidekick is, er, a computer monitor with a face and professor glasses. The pair are moving and flailing and lip-synching with robot-like passion to a bouncy little ditty.
Passerby notices the booth is called "The Fun Zone" and is run by "Border Foods," according signage on the front. Passerby is puzzled by this, and frankly is creeped out by the fact that he's making serious eye contact with the "singing" Animatronic chef.
But the tune is catchy--driven by an acoustic guitar, some light percussion and two-part harmony. A man's voice (the chef, one presumes) and a woman's voice (the computer monitor?) are repeating the refrain "Get over it on love, Get over it on love." What an odd, melancholy and ultimately uplifting sentiment, the passerby thinks.
Then there's a rest in the chorus and the chef speaks the word "Quiero." When the chorus resumes, passerby realizes the actual lyrics to the strangely sweet song: "Yo Quiero Taco Bell."