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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dining Al Fresco - Sort Of

After the recent town meeting, we stepped out of the steamy auditorium into the misty but mercifully cooler night air. As we walked to the car we realized we were really hungry. Banking on a short meeting, we’d only eaten a late lunch. But at near 11:00 p.m. nothing in our little corner of the world was open. I began listing dinner options available at home. Soon, Chuck began listing off other options. That’s how we found ourselves driving into a nearby town to the “open late” Wendy’s drive through window. We ordered a couple of cups of chili and parked neatly between the lines in the not quite deserted lot. (Yes he does take me to the nicest places!) I unpacked the containers of chili from the bag; then the little pouches of Saltines; then a couple of pre-wrapped napkin-knife-fork packets. I looked in the bag. I shook the bag. No spoons were included. Sigh...

Chuck chivalrously high tailed it on foot to the drive through window to get the spoons. He returned quickly, opened the back door of the car and grabbed our container of traveling supplies. He sat back in the driver’s seat, pulled out a couple of our own plastic spoons and announced that Wendy’s no longer provides spoons. Yes they still sell chili, but they no longer carry spoons! The staff had no explanation, but found it equally odd. Wendy’s chili isn’t an eat it with a fork sort of food. It’s a more liquidy, sloshy sort of chili. As we dined we continued to speculate on the the corporate mindset. As we crumbled our Saltines onto the chili, Chuck wondered if their plan was for us to use the crackers to sop up the liquid and then fork the chili cracker mixture out. I suggested maybe we were supposed to eat all the chunky bits with the fork and then try to drink the liquid at the end. When all was said and done - including the theorizing and the chili - we had no good and logical explanation for Wendy’s no-spoon policy. It struck us as just some corporate pencil pusher’s misguided attempt at cost savings. I did call Wendy’s headquarters and left a message suggesting it wasn’t a good idea to tell customer’s to stick a fork in it - the chili that is!

7 comments:

dancingmorganmouse said...

and yet, you had spoons in the car! How plan-ahead are you guys?

dancingmorganmouse said...

I shouldn't laugh, I'm sure Mr Brown has a whole kitchen tucked away in the back of the ute.

Kate said...

No joke- I hadn't read past Chuck getting out of the car to go back to the window when I thought "C'mon, Lee and Chuck didn't have spoons in their car?" You guys are like boy scouts on coke- you are always super-prepared for any occasion!

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
At one point we used to spend an enormous amount of time on the road - including a four hour a day round trip commute. That's when we really started to keep more supplies on board. But when Chuck popped out of the car, neither of us had remembered that we had some in the car already.

It still doesn't change how weird it is that they sell chili but don't carry spoons!
;o)
- Lee
P.S. I had to look up "ute". That was a new one for me!


Hi Kate -
We are both laughing out loud over your description of us! Does it sound odd to say it feels like a wonderful compliment? Well, we don't care if it does. Thank you for the laughter and the compliment!
;o)
- A.L. & U.C.

purpleronnie3 said...

I can't believe
a) how small-minded the corporate cost-savings policy is
b) how awesomely prepared you are for those occasions when you have to eat sloppy chili in your car
hehehehe...

dancingmorganmouse said...

Ours is a beautiful teal green ute. http://dancingmorganmouse.blogspot.com/2007/06/toilets-and-telephones.html

Pink Granite said...

Hi Ronnie -
Truth be told we're probably on the obsessive/compulsive end of the preparedness spectrum! But it works for both of us!
;o)
- Lee


Hi DMM -
Oh, your ute looks like what we would call a pickup truck, but with a covered cargo bed. Pretty color!
Thanks!
;o)
- Lee