Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream

Here are the reasons we moved from California to Atlanta:

1) Close to family.
2) Cheaper houses.
3) Chick-fil-A is here.

Not a week goes by that I don't favor Chick-fil-A with my business. We love them. And I am not even mad that they are closed on Sunday, because of God. What's more, around these parts, customer service is already way better than in some parts of the country (yes, I'm looking at you, Cali) but at Chick-fil-A, it's extra SUPER nice. One guy at my local Chick-fil-A used to work at my local Target. He was a stone-cold jerk at Target. Such a jerk that even my little children noticed he was a jerk. Now he serves up chicken sandwiches, and he is sweet as pie. Magical. It's the culture at that place. The God-fearing and sullen-teen asskicking culture.

And now I have another reason to love them. As usual, when I discover something life-changing, like the thing with the foil, I suspect that everyone may already know this. But here it is: When you get a kid's meal at Chick-fil-A, your child can take the little book that comes with the meal, if it's still in its wrapper, and exchange if for a free ice cream cone. It's a kid-sized cone, and they will put it in a cup for your toddler, who only wants "ice cream juice." There. Bam. Free kid ice cream majorly Works for Me!

This isn't posted anywhere, that I can tell. It's like a secret that I suddenly just discovered. If you live out of the range of Chick-fil-A, I am truly sorry that this knowledge will not be of help to you. But maybe this is a good time to examine the direction your life is taking? I know you may have a full and wonderful thing going where you are. But I am saving you a seat in the play place, and if you hurry we can split my kid's waffle fries.

And am I troubled by the transaction of exchanging a book, and all the enrichment it promises, for a dessert? Do I think it's a bad economy to model for my children? That would be a nope!

18 comments:

Amy said...

I have a great love in my heart for Chik-Fil-A. You are so right--they are about 100 times nicer there than anywhere else. Once I went there and tried to pay with a credit card--not realizing they didn't take them there. They actually gave me the food and told me I could come back and pay later!! WHO DOES THAT? God-loving chicken cookers, that's who.

That's awesome about the ice cream!! A tip I would TOTALLY use if the nearest Chik-Fil-A wasn't 8,000 miles away. I think you're right--I need to do some thinking about my life.

Jane said...

When we moved back from California, I swear we went to Chick-Fil-A every other day for like, weeks. It is the yummiest. And nowhere else has anyone ever told me, "It was a pleasure serving you."

Hootie said...

One delightful aspect of any visit to your home, Becky, is the very real potential of having a chicken sandwich lobbed at you the minute you stroll through the door. I am not kidding... I think the first time we came to your place we ended up getting there late, and we were starving, and Matt's like, "Chicken sandwich Ahoy!" What's better than that? Not much, my friends. (This is why we'll never drive up on a Sunday.)

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Chris said...

I personally don't care for Chik-Fil-A. I think they're bland, sterile, and I am annoyed with the people who respect the place because they close on Sundays, "for God". Sorry to rock the boat...

Michele said...

Another Cali transplant here. But that was before Chik-Fil-A. I love this info you've shared. I will have to try this. Chik-Fil-A always has those virtue-acknowledging coupons for my kids for good grades, etc. And what about their biscuits? I never thought I could do chicken in the morning but I can.
I think my comments work now.

delaine said...

You're gonna love this. Yesterday, Tuesday, all the Chic-Fil-A's along the Gulf Coast were giving out free biscuits for breakfast. No purchase necessary.For four hours they handed out free food ! Also, at the one near us the nicest ladies come to your table and ask if you need a refill or anything. It is a winning market strategy. And the food's good.

Stacee said...

I forget how I learned this trade in the toy trick but I've been using it for several years! I always order Kid meals for myself and I'm 28! Some Chick-fil-a restaurants will even let you order a kids meal and get a chicken sandwich instead of the nuggets or strips for NO extra fee. It really depends on the store manager- some will do it and some won't.

The Dental Maven said...

Eat mor chikin! I love me some Chick-fil-A!

Casey said...

I worked at Chicka Flicka for two years in high school and loved having Sundays off. Now, I appreciate them for their healthy kid's meal options and clean (semi) playgrounds. My how times have changed. Free ice cream? Score. Reading is bad for you anyway. ;)

Michele said...

Hey Casey! Readings not bad. You just have to do it in moderation. I've never been to a Chik-fil-a. Not much there I can eat with the whole vegetarian thing. I'd do ice cream though.

katesaid said...

My favorite thing about C-F-A is still Jeff Foxworthy's quote... about it being so good that, if you placed a sandwich on top of your had, your tongue would beat its way through your brain to get to it.

Such imagery.

Wanda said...

In case you don't know....Chic-a-fil-a has the most delicious icecream in the world.
I'm not even kiddin.
It is sooooo creamy and scrumptious.
I love it!
And you get this huge amount for like a buck.
SO WORTH IT, Ya'll.

Ginny Marie said...

I had Chik-Fil-A at a graduation party in Indiana...and it was delicious! We don't have it around here, but our local sandwich joint just changed their policy from free ice cream for kids to...free ice cream for everyone!

Sara said...

MMmmmmm, waffle fries 'n fried chicken.

Hey, I been meanin' to ask you, because you know important stuff like this, what is up with the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese box, where you're supposedly able to open it by pushing in the little flap? Am I the only one who can't get it to open that way? And if I'm not alone, why have they never re-designed it all these many decades to make it more open-able.
Sorry to change the subject, but everytime I try it I think 'Becky would know...'

Becky said...

Ha! Sara, I have the same complaint about those little fake perforations on the macaroni box. I always jam the tip of a butter knife through the cardboard and risk stabbing it through my other hand.

Kraft, are you listening? We ARE your sweet spot. Make us happy.

Hootie said...

re: mac and cheese box--
I think if you lay it flat and cut it open longitudinally (like you're gutting a deer), you can prepare it right there in the box and eat it like that in front of the TV. Add a sprig of parsley and you can even eat it in front of HDTV.

Becky said...

You kill me, Hoot. Now that we have HD, everything I do is garnished with parsley. So much more classier!