You do want fries with that!

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Via The Basement comes a link to a kind of McDonald's fan blog called McChronicles. The writer obviously loves Mickey D's and expresses disappointment when he sees one of their stores fail to be all it can be. His first entry, from January:

I LOVE McDonald's ... and I HATE McDonald's. This blog will chronicle this love:hate relationship. It will include thoughts, experiences, and information regarding how McDonald's created an awesome brand - and how they seem to be systematically destroying it "Billions and Billions" at a time. It also breathes life into the notion that there is hope to resurrect the once-great image of McDonald's.

I too have a love-hate relationship with McD's, tending more toward love these days.

The summer of '84 I worked at the Catoosa McDonald's when it first opened. I remember coming home every day in my crimson polyester uniform, which was impregnated with the odor of grease and onions. Sometimes I worked the cash register, but most of the time I was on the quarter pounder grill. I learned two things that summer: (1) Eat the fries first. They put them in the bag last because they cool off the quickest. (2) A Quarter Pounder is a better value than a Big Mac. A Big Mac has two 1/10th pound patties -- same patties used in regular hamburgers and cheeseburgers -- and a half-inch of lettuce. Besides the meat advantage, the Quarter Pounder's two slices of cheese help glue the thing together, making it less likely to fall apart if you're eating it while driving. (Not that I would recommend such a practice, of course!)

We ate at McDonald's quite a bit during the driving parts of our recent Florida trip. One of the advantages is that we always knew what we would order. The kids always want Happy Meals -- plain cheeseburger for one, chicken nuggets for the other -- with Apple Dippers (peeled apple slices with caramel dipping sauce) instead of fries, and chocolate milk. (The older one will take a soda if he can talk us into it. Sometimes he can.) If we're eating in, the grownups get grilled chicken salads, which are quite good. I tried to be very clear about our order, and to make sure that it was correctly repeated back to me, but every time, no matter whether we ordered at the drive-thru window or in the store, the Happy Meals came with fries, and we always had to ask again for the apples. This streak of spud luck followed us to Perkins, a sit-down family restaurant, when our four-year-old wanted broccoli with her lunch (really!), and they brought her fries instead.

I like the new look of the stores. I call it technogoogie -- a 21st century update of the coffee shop modern look (aka Googie architecture) from the '50s, but without so much orange and brown. (Or avocado or harvest gold!) Most of the remodeled stores have wide screen TVs, usually playing Fox News or CNN, and most of them also have Wayport Wi-Fi. (SBC Yahoo DSL subscribers can access McDonald's Wi-Fi through the FreedomLink service for an extra $2 a month.)

During our trip to Little Rock, while my wife and mother-in-law were at a luncheon at the Governor's Mansion, I kept the kids busy while I worked at a McDonald's on Markham in west Little Rock. I positioned myself outside the door to the play area, where I could see them, but didn't have to listen to the racket. They kept amused with the climbing equipment, the video games (free!), and the air hockey table. Everyone was happy.

I never would have guessed, back in 1984, that I'd ever be able to say this, but McDonald's is my kind of place.

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susan said:

Mark and I were in Boston, MA (Mike graduated from MIT -- we saw some cars with that on their bumper. We stopped by McDonald's quite a bit because they FINALLY and yes I have written to McDonald's over the past few years asking them to improve the quality of their chicken nuggets and chicken offered in their sandwiches. They now have a five star (they say) chicken sandwich. Chris and I always order the grilled chicken which over many orders during our 5,000 mile trip through many states this summer we have eaten in MANY McDonald's. When you have a large family, there is something for everyone there and
can be ordered and received fast! My oldest daughter likes their five star club chicken sandwich. We did happen to be in one McDonald's in Boston near the Gillette Stadium watching our son in the World Championship Drum Corps International contest (he did great!) Chris also scored superior category in mellophone solo individual talent contest in D.C.I. against all the division I teams so go Chris!!! Gillette Stadium is in Foxboro, Mass. -- anyway at this particular McDonald's it charged if you wanted more than one dipping sauce or any extra mustard or ketchup. They had a sign posted to make sure they were not bothered and McDonald's home office
should have a visit with this store in Foxboro.
Customer service is very important and we had great service in many states at McDonald's and the same quality food. Even Wendy's has improved their chicken strips that will cost more -- same as chicken strips at McDonald's --
the chicken strips are much better than the nuggets.

MIKE, TULSA WORLD IS TO POST A LETTER TO THE EDITOR EVENTUALLY THAT I WROTE TO THEM TO PRINT IN THE TULSA WORLD EDITORIAL SECTION. IT'S ABOUT HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL CONTACT WAL-MART TO
SHARE THEIR VOICE IN NOT WANTING WAL-MART TO
SELL HARD LIQUOR IN THE FUTURE.

It was in the Wall Street Journal and I think Wal
Mart should continue to be a family friendly store and since many are open 24 hours a day,
hopefully they will refuse to sell hard liquor. They are rich enough (like you know who) without
needing hard liquor sales in their Wal Mart stores.

University of Oklahoma has a hard enough time with controlling their students with drinking problems. Three strikes and your are out -- well ask the students at OU and they will tell you that they memorize the schedule of their dorm supervisor and any other person overseeing their behaviors in the dorms, etc. and the drinking will continue at O.U. even with this new policy in place. The students at OU will just work around it and be sneakier.
Think of how convenient it will be for university kids to purchase it easier just by stopping by Wal Mart.

And did you see the story of the person that lost weight by eating at McDonalds to counter the
person that claimed he gained weight and got grumpier by eating at McDonald's every day. The difference was the person that lost weight (I think about 30 lbs) just chose correct choices each meal, while the one that wrote SUPER SIZE ME
chose incorrect choices each day and incorrect choices and huge portions of his bad decision making for himself made him gain weight. He basically decided his own fate. You should have
the corporate office log on to BATESLINE! Hey
like offer coupons they can download on Batesline.

easter_susan@hotmail.com

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