I cannot precisely recall the last McRib I've eaten, but surely its been within the last 5 years. Much like a saucy ex-girlfriend fondly-yet-falsely recalled thru the distortions of time, I seem to get nostalgic for the McRib's sweet chemical funk every now and again, mainly because it is unobtainable on a regular basis. The first 3 or 4 bites provide a hit of familiarity and perhaps satisfaction, but with each successive chaw, the 'meat' texture begins to feel like what I imagine plane crash survivors on frozen andean mountaintops must resort to consuming. It even seems to expand in the mouth as one masticates. I don't think I've ever finished an entire McRib. But I think I want one. Question: is the McRib seasonal, and if so, what season? Or perhaps now with their 'healhty' salads and apple slices pushed to the front, McD's now relegates the messy McRib to the forgotten attic, where crazy uncles go to live out their days. Gone for good, or just locked away?