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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wendy's


When I was in High School 10 to 13 years ago, Wendy's was my favorite place to eat.
I liked their food, but I also appreciated their company.
Dave Thomas, Wendy's founder and spokesperson, was always promoting quality and service.  He was also well known for his philanthropic work in support of adoption.
I often said that Dave Thomas deserved to have a statue erected in his honor.

In May of 2001 I graduated from school and began preparing to leave the country for two years.

Dave Thomas died in January of 2002.

When I left that February, I made sure that the last meal I had in this country was the Classic Triple combo, my usual.

Naturally I selected that same meal when I returned home in 2004.

As you can see, Wendy's and I go way back.

Here's the thing though...that Classic Triple I had when I got home... it wasn't as awesome as I remembered.
Maybe I just got one on a bad day...that happens now and again, especially at fast food places.
Only this proved to not be a singular experience.  Over the next few months I returned to my favorite restaurant periodically and began noticing that nothing was as good as I remembered.  It didn't seem to matter what I got, or which location I got it from, the quality had just gone downhill.

Years passed and my frequency at Wendy's dropped nearly to naught.  The few times I ate their food in the last several years were very disappointing indeed. They had somehow descended even below McDonald's in my estimation.

Now we jump to the not-too-distant past; i.e. two months ago, when I read this article.

Wendy's has decided to remake its classic line of burgers calling them Dave's Hot 'N Juicy, in honor of Dave Thomas himself!

What exactly is different? Well, pretty much everything!  They conducted a HUGE study and tried all kinds of ingredients, recipes, and configurations.  If you want the details you can read the article.  It is actually quite interesting.  Suffice it to say, Wendy's burgers are now COMPLETELY different.

Intrigued, I decided that I had to try this new incarnation of the classic cheeseburger.
I was going to give Wendy's another chance.
So, several weeks ago, I returned to my old stomping ground and ordered myself a Dave's Hot 'N Juicy double. (I'm too old to be eating triple sized burgers; I now have my figure to consider.)

The verdict?

It was AWESOME! This isn't just a good fast food burger, this is a Wendy's burger the way it ought to be, the way I remember it being!
The quality is there, the flavor is there, the excessive grease is not there; it is just plain yummy!

It is amazing to me that by changing everything that could possibly be changed, they somehow made the burger taste the way it used to taste, the way it tasted when Dave Thomas was at the helm!

I am impressed!
Combine this with Wendy's new fries and you have a winning combo!

I've returned to Wendy's several times in the last few weeks, and each time I have been equally impressed.

My brother was just as delighted when he took his first bite of this new burger.

We agree that Wendy's has finally returned to its former glory, and for this, the new Dave's Hot 'N Juicy gets...

THE ROBBY SEAL OF APPROVAL!


Congratulations Wendy's! You've done it!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Finally!

I got my new phone!

(Actually I got it two weeks ago. What can I say? I'm slow to blog these days...)

Isn't it nice looking?
I really like it!

I'm particularly proud of my custom wallpaper.


I decided to use 2001: A Space Odyssey as the basis for my wallpaper for two reasons:

First, it is easy to compare Apple's new (artificially) intelligent assistant, named Siri, to the HAL 9000.  The difference being that Siri is helpful and friendly while HAL is evil and murderous.  Because of this key difference I decided to change HAL's foreboding red glow to a nice friendly blue.

Second, I think that the phone sort of resembles the mysterious black monolith from the film...




See the similarity?

I'm quite happy with the phone so far, and I love how much stuff it can do!
I just wish it hadn't taken so long to arrive.
I preordered it on the 8th, it was officially released on the 14th, and mine didn't arrive until the 27th.
Lesson learned: Next time don't go through AT&T, just order direct from Apple.

It was definitely time for an upgrade.  When I took my old phone in to have all the contacts transferred over, the dude at the store was amazed that I had kept that same old phone for so long.  Hey, it was a really good phone!

I have already found a ton of really cool and useful apps! Would anyone be interested if I started blogging about my favorite apps?