Friday, March 27, 2009

that's not a latte

I've been meaning to write about this for a long time now. Finally, I will air my grievances against Sonic, America's Drive-In.

In November, per our usual routine, my family drove from Mountain Home to Beebe, AR to spend Thanksgiving with Granlene and Granddad. It's a long drive -- about 3 hours down winding roads through small towns the entire way. Dad, a notorious caffeine addict, got a little sleepy about an hour into the drive. He needed his afternoon caffeine fix.  The only problem: we were in Mountain View, a tiny little dip in the road that calls itself a town.  

We talked about where we could possibly stop for a bathroom break and a coffee fix. There was always the regular gas station, but the coffee would be out of a pot and would probably have been cooking since early that morning. Then I had a great idea: "Hey," I said, "I saw on a commercial that Sonic has 'premium coffee' now." So we decided to drive by the Sonic for a nice, frothy latte. Dad and I each ordered plain lattes and awaited our yummy caffeinated treat for the afternoon.

The carhop delivered our drinks, and Dad backed the car out of the stall so we could get back to our long drive. Just before he started to turn right out of the driveway, I took a sip. I was immediately appalled at the sickly sugary sweetness. "What the..." I thought. "This is NOT A LATTE!"  I told Dad to take a sip of his before we left. He did, and immediately said, "Crap." He angrily threw the car into reverse, pulled back into the stall, and gave the "latte" to Mom. "Go get me a real coffee," he said. Mom asked if any of the lattes could be made without sugar. "Uh...I don't know; we just have latte mix."  


So, in short, I was disappointed and mildly outraged, even. Lattes do not come from a mix. If it's from a mix, it is NOT a latte! I really think Sonic should be sued for some kind of false advertising. But, maybe I am the only one who is upset enough to care. McDonald's is winning the competition in the "premium coffee" arena among fast food joints, hands down.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

hello, i'm a mac...

Well, blog world, I am officially a Mac Geek!  My birthday was last week, and as a group-effort present from my parents, Ross, and his parents, I got this:

Isn't it beautiful?!  I am a 100% convert.  I have to say, those commercials are so true.  My theory is that Mac's programmers & tech people have so much more free time than their Microsoft counterparts because they don't have to spend 90% of their time fixing problems. Because Mac people don't have to sit around all day scratching their heads trying to figure out what's wrong with Vista, they instead get to do cool stuff like incorporate face recognition technology into the latest version of iPhoto.  It's way neat.

With my macbook, I've been able to distract myself in so many new ways! My mac came with an iSight (the fancy mac name for "webcam"), and I've had so much fun with a program called Photo Booth!  Now, instead of aimlessly surfing the web when I get bored, I can aimlessly take cool pictures of myself!  

Look, I'm emo:

Oooh, there are four of me, and in neat colors:

Why yes, I am holding the Eiffel Tower in my left hand!

Agh!  I'm all nose!

I highly recommend a mac!  They're tons of fun, and they make you instantly cool.  Seriously, which would you rather be?  A Mac (yay!), or a PC (lame!)?  

I'm going skiing next week, and when I come back, I am sure I'll have stories to tell.  Stay tuned! And watch your mailbox for Save the Dates!