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Meal On The Run

     One Thursday October 4, 2012 I was in the town of Belleville, IL. I decided to stop in to check the restaurant out and have dinner. As, I pulled into the parking lot, and having; been a veteran of Hardee s’ for over 16 years. I have a tendency of being an observer and I critique restaurants upon most of my visits. At this point, I had a flash back of my “Hardee’s Days”, I was trained to be a Mystery Shoppers for one another to assure great customer service visits. I took notice of the parking lot. Was there paper or cigarette butts on the ground, how did the sidewalks look, had they been cleaned, was there any gum on the pavement outside the doors? To my surprise the outside of the restaurant was in great condition; as if someone, informed the store manager that I was coming. After scanning the appearance of the parking lot; something really caught my attention, the landscape was beautiful, the colored rocks stood out, they were multi-colored, white and brown brick colored with a hint of silver specks. I had never seen the mixture of rocks before,  the bushes was cut to waist high, I knew the purpose of the low cut bushes was for security reasons; to assure great visibility of the parking lot.

     While; I was still in my car, I decided to pull up to the drive thru menu, this was my chance to check out the prices and look at the layout of the board. I was checking the menu board for cleanness, visibility, missing price tags and consistency. Overall, the menu board was in excellent condition, I must confess, I pulled up the menu board to check it out and a nice friendly voice came across the speaker, at that point, I had to say that’s alright I will come inside. This had to be done in order for me to give a complete review of my visit.

I chose this title because so many times we eat on the run but never stop to look at our surrounding.

More that anything, the highlight of my visit; wasn’t the food but, the service and conversation form the cashier.

Meal On The Run

     One Thursday October 4, 2012 I was in the town of Belleville, IL. I decided to stop in to check the restaurant out and have dinner. As, I pulled into the parking lot, and having; been a veteran of Hardees for over 16 years. I have a tendency of being an observer and I critique restaurants upon most of my visits. At this point, I had a flash back of my “Hardees Days”, I was trained to be a Mystery Shoppers for one another to assure great customer service visits. I took notice of the parking lot. Was there paper or cigarette butts on the ground, how did the sidewalks look, had they been cleaned, was there any gum on the pavement outside the doors? To my surprise the outside of the restaurant was in great condition; as if someone, informed the store manager that I was coming. After scanning the appearance of the parking lot; something really caught my attention, the landscape was beautiful, the colored rocks stood out, they were multi-colored, white and brown brick colored with a hint of silver specks. I had never seen the mixture of rocks before,  the bushes was cut to waist high, I knew the purpose of the low cut bushes was for security reasons; to assure great visibility of the parking lot.

     While; I was still in my car, I decided to pull up to the drive thru menu, this was my chance to check out the prices and look at the layout of the board. I was checking the menu board for cleanness, visibility, missing price tags and consistency. Overall, the menu board was in excellent condition, I must confess, I pulled up the menu board to check it out and a nice friendly voice came across the speaker, at that point, I had to say that’s alright I will come inside. This had to be done in order for me to give a complete review of my visit.

“My Last Meal”

     My last meal would be a “Southern Style Meal”, it would consist of three pieces of golden fried chicken, legs and wings, with a little cayenne pepper added in the batter. I must have me some collard greens cooked slowly on the stove top with a couple of neck bones. Then, I would ask for macaroni and cheese with four different types of cheese, baked in the oven until its was lightly brown, candied yams that has been carefully peeled, without black spots left on them; with just the right amount of butter, sugar ,nutmeg  and with a dash of cinnamon.  As, I write I can just imagine the smell and the aroma of the food cooking in the kitchen.

      I can’t forget about the dessert, since it my last meal, without limitations, I would like to have some banana pudding and a huge, slice of cake with light caramel dripping down the side.

“What a meal to die for”.

 

Sams’s Club a great place to shop

One should know that Sam’s Club, is a great place to shop. I am a faithful shopper of Sam’s. Upon entering into the doors of Sam’s one can say that they felt welcomed. It’s so good to see smiling faces when going into Sam’s. I am always greeted with a smiling face whether is 7:00am or 8:00pm.The Purpose of my comparison is to show why Sam’s Club (Illinois) is a better place to shop than Sam’s Club (Missouri). Location is very important, its very important whether there other stores in route and how accessible are the stores. After reading my paper my reader should better understand, why, I prefer to shop at the Illinois Sam’s –vs-the St. Louis, Hanley location.

My Family Reunion

Family Reunions is a time of gathering, a time when you see family and friends. My family consists of hundreds of individual, young and old. It’s a time to reflect back on the good old days. It never seems to amazes me, no matter where our family meet there are plenty of new friends of family members. Each year new member are inducted into the family. I can honestly say that about one-third of the attendees are friend and their families. The Fortner Reunion has grown over the years. We have been having yearly reunions since 1985 and still going strong. Family comes from near and far. We have California, Louisiana, Philadelphia, Michigan, Chicago, Memphis, Alabama Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. Total attending our reunion is now over 200 family and friends.