I’d Like a McFlirty For Here, Please

So yes, by the title you can tell I went to McDonald’s.  I know, I know, I can here you all right now yelling at me….blah blah blah fat calories cholesterol and diabetes.  Let me explain.

Yesterday I had to bring my Mazda to the dealer for some scheduled maintenance.  And since I had the day off I decided to make an O’Dark Thirty appointment so I could get on with my day.  Turns out all I needed was an oil change.  Lucky for me I had a coupon for that.  Then I used my Super Intelligent Phone (some call them just smart but my phone feels slighted by that term) and checked in to the dealership using the application Foursquare and I received a loyalty check-in coupon for a $15 oil change.  Guess what I used on that visit?

Anyway, that is not what this post is really about.

The dealership is near a strip mall which has a McD’s, a Culver’s, a Panda Express and a Jack-in-the-Box.  I really only wanted coffee and knew McD’s had the $1 any size coffee in the mornings.  It was a bit of a walk in the brisk 15 degree temp with a nice slap in the face wind.  I would have ran but I hadn’t had my coffee yet!  You feel me?

As soon as I get in to the McD’s I knew it was just going to be one of those days.  There were 3 customers swarming and pacing by the counter with “that” look on their faces.  Geez!  They all took their turn yelling at the unlucky person to approach the counter.  I get it, you paid for something and you expect to get the right thing, but people come on……you shouldn’t be eating there anyway.  Take the hint!

I didn’t but I needed to kill a few hours thinking I was getting brakes and all kinds of things done on my Amazing Mazda.

Actual size of the coffee I needed that morning

Actual size of the coffee I needed that morning

I got my coffee (black-no cream or sugar) and searched out a nice quiet private little spot in the back of the restaurant.  I pulled out my Super Intelligent Phone and clicked in to the free Wi-Fi I was promised by the sticker on the front door of the store.  I started surfing the internet for the news and was greatly disappointed as usual.  This is not going to get me through a few hours.  Thankfully out of nowhere this old lady sits down behind me.  I think she was a bit crazy.  She was talking with herself as she read the paper.  She would say a passage then giggle and respond with some satirical comment.  I loved it!  I was like, hells yeah, blog material!

A few minutes later an old man sits down at a table by her.  I was like, this is going to get good…

She started talking with him.  And as a typical guy he had little to say back…..until another old guy shows up!  I know, I know, there was an actual commercial like this but this is real life stuff.  You can’t make this up!  I think when McD’s made the commercial they got the idea from this group right here.

The second old guy sat down and said hi to the lady and ignored the other guy.  She said hi back and told him about an article she just told the first guy.  The second guy had an opinion and shared.  Then the first guy, not to be out done, decided to enter the conversation.  Now he talks….

The second guy moves to a closer table to the lady.  More talking, and some awkward giggling and laughter by them all.  Was I back in high school?  The first guy now moves in closer sitting at the same table as the lady.  Not a few seconds later the second guy jumps to the seat beside him.

I pretty much lost track of what anyone was saying since my wife did a morale call right after all that happened.  I was watching what they were all doing.  There was a lot of arm touching and googly eyes.

The whole scenario was funny to watch cause that first guy was gonna play it all smooth until that second guy showed up.  I wonder if this is what it’s like in retirement homes.?.

I have also declared that section of the restaurant the Flirting section.  So if you see a bunch of old people sitting in a group at a McD’s near the restrooms, you know that is now the designated Flirting section.

So I guess life doesn’t end after 65….at least for these three it didn’t.

Thanks for the smiles old timers!

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Debate Of The Week #6

It must be Friday because it’s time to drop your socks and grab your tux again for Big Mike’s Debate of the Week! Wait Wait Wait!  It’s not Friday, it’s Wednesday!

Well, sorry I missed last week but life happens.  And this week I will be in Chi-Town for Easter.  I just wanted to get you a little something to hold you over for the holiday until I get back.

Two weeks ago I asked you, if you had a choice of the following which one would it be and why?  A Blood Lusting Zombie, A normal Run of The Mill Vampire, A Bad Ass Throat Ripping Werewolf, or The Last Human on Earth.

Many of you surprised me by wanting to face the world as The Last Human on Earth.  I’m not sure I have a strong enough mental state to do that.  Plus I would want to try being something I was not before I leave this world.  I’m adventurous that way.  So for those who chose to be the human, remember I gave you the choice to be something different when I show up at your door or cave or wherever as the Bad Ass Throat Ripping Werewolf.

On to the Debate Of The Week!

Wooo Hooo, we are coming up to a bunch of Federally recognized holidays.  Alright, so we really aren’t but that statement makes this post work.  Cut me some slack here.

So back to the glory I intended.  Yeah!  Free days off from work.  That is if you are employed.  Which I can happily say I will be as of Monday April 9.

So here is the Debate of the week.  If you could choose the day that holidays are recognized what day would that be?  Let me clarify.

Here is a list of 2012 US Federally recognized holidays.

Monday, January 2 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 16 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 20 Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 3 Labor Day
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day
Monday, November 12 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day

Now you can see that most industries’ employees get the benefit of usually getting the day after a weekend off (unless you are in retail or other service type industry).

So here is my clarification to the question.

Now that you can see the days that the holidays fall on, is this the ideal day off for you?  Or would you rather your place of employment give you Fridays off instead of the Federally accepted Monday off?  Another way to look at what I’m asking is; would you rather have the long weekend start on a Friday and end on a Sunday or begin on a Saturday and end on Monday?

Does that make sense?  Too bad if it doesn’t.  Go back to work then if you want to nit pick.  No Holidays For You!  And you have to pay extra for bread!

I view holidays like the back of your head if you had a mullet.  You know, business in the front, party in the back.

For me the decision is null right now since I’m technically unemployed until after Easter.  But I could see voting being a 50/50 split.  I guess I would prefer to only work Monday – Thursday and have the week end for me sooner (in my own little bubble this works).  But then I can see where people dread Mondays.

I say for those of you that dread Mondays, drink more coffee and deal with it.  I want my Fridays off!

I guess our system of holidays could be a little more jacked up or overwhelming.  Take for example, Japan.  They have random holidays.  About 18+ holidays.  Here is a little snippet.

My favorites were midori no hi (Greenery Day) observed at the beginning of May.  This is just to celebrate an old emperor’s love for plants.

How about kodomo no hi (Children’s Day).  On this day parents spend the day with their children, usually the boys and they go out for food and a day of fun.  It’s supposed to be about planning and nurturing the child’s future.

This one always got me, taiiku no hi (Health and Sports Day).  The day is to celebrate the opening day of the Olympics back in 1964.  Talk about extending the memory….

One last thing on Japanese holidays.  I know there are some Valentine’s Day Haterade drinkers out there, so this is for you.  They don’t just have one Valentine’s Day, they have two.  The first one is for the guy to receive gifts; actually on Valentine’s Day(14 Feb), and the other is for the woman in mid March, called White Day.  Be glad you are in the US, haters.

Alright time to reel this post back in to it’s intended purpose.

Where do you stand?  What is better? Get Friday off and go back to work Monday or Get Saturday thru Monday off and back to the grindstone on Tuesday?  Or would you like your days off at another time?

Let’s hear it.  Sound off!

One last thing for ya.  A few helpful tips for your Easter weekend:

1) If you’re getting melted chocolate all over your fingers, you’re eating it too slow!

2) If you can’t eat all of your chocolate, it can be kept in the freezer for some time.  But if you can’t eat it all, what’s wrong with you?

3) Chocolate has a lot of preservatives.  It makes you look younger.  So eat up!

4) In my world; chocolate covered raisins, cherries, oranges, and strawberries count as fruit.  So eat as much as you want.

5) If you’re trying to loose weight, try eating a chocolate egg before every meal.  This way it will suppress your appetite and therefore you will eat less during meal time.

 

 

 

Have a Happy Easter!