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Once a year the management company for the buildings on the campus where I am hold a client appreciation day and gives everyone free burgers and ice cream. You get a ticket for each. I just got given a second set of tickets.
I'm staying at a hotel right now. Directly across the street is an In-n-Out burger, and there is a line of cars probably 25 long ALL DAY up until they close at 10:30pm...
I don't get it. Their burgers are, IMHO, less than average. I don't see the fascination people have with In-n-Out burger. I sure as hell wouldn't sit in a line of cars that long any time day or night for their average food.
Once upon a time I watched a "Hamburger: the Motion Picture". One of the points brought up by two characters discussing why people by the things:
It's a matter of feeling safe. They know what they're getting. They'd rather not risk something new that they may not like.
So, they buy the clown-feces because they know they can rely upon what clown feces taste like.
Can't beat In-n-out! I grew up dining at #2 (the one they call #1, and keep as a museum; #1 was torn down to make way for the 10 freeway). Most locations have a picture of the #2 store ( on Francisquito Blvd, in West Covina) that features a blue 1936 Ford in the drivethru. That car was my uncle Bob's, a close friend of Harry, the founder of the chain. Harry took the picture himself. It's still kinda weird to think of my uncle Bob and aunt Betty making out in that rumble seat...
New York Times, today: "The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft." [^].
How long before we have nag-screens with shimmering moire patterns ?
«There is a spectrum, from "clearly desirable behaviour," to "possibly dodgy behavior that still makes some sense," to "clearly undesirable behavior." We try to make the latter into warnings or, better, errors. But stuff that is in the middle category you don’t want to restrict unless there is a clear way to work around it.» Eric Lippert, May 14, 2008