The continuing adventures of Beau Yarbrough

Friday is free Slurpee day

Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 6:18
Section: Miscellany


It’s that time of year when the sun is hot and the Slurpee® drinks are free-zing – emphasis on the FREE part. July 11, aka 7/11, is the day that 7-Eleven, Inc., the world’s premier convenience retailer, celebrates its birthday and says “thank you� to its customers with free Slurpee drinks at participating stores. This year’s 7-Eleven® Day marks the company’s 81st birthday. Customers can pour their favorite Slurpee flavor in colorful, 7.11-ounce “Birthday� cups throughout the day, while cup supplies last.

7-Eleven is the home of the Big Bite® Oscar-Mayer all-beef hot dog and the number-one retailer of grilled hot dogs. And to celebrate National Hot Dog Month in July, participating 7-Eleven stores are offering a quarter-pound Big Bite hot dog and Big Gulp® drink for just $1.99 throughout the entire month, a real value at a time when consumers’ incomes may be stretched dog-gone thin.

But there’s more… New for July is the first ever Monster Energy Slurpee drink, called Black Ice. Black Ice is a black-colored energy Slurpee drink packed with a full load of Monster’s potent energy blend. This is the first frozen Monster beverage and the first variety not sold in a can.

“In appreciation of our loyal customer base, we started giving away Slurpee drinks on our 75th birthday in 2002,� said Jay Wilkins, 7-Eleven brand manager for Slurpee and Big Gulp® fountain drinks. “Customers thanked us, and we’ve been doing it ever since. Now July 11, or 7-Eleven Day, has become Customer Appreciation Day or try-your-favorite-Slurpee-on-us day.�

Viral marketing through the newly redesigned web site with its Slurpee Nation social network along with Slurpee street teams in select cities and store events across the U.S. play a big part in spreading the “7-Eleven Birthday/Customer Appreciation/Free Slurpee� message.

It’s nice of 7-Eleven to celebrate James’ birthday this way. (We’ll be going to Knott’s Berry Farm on Saturday for our celebration.)

Bring it on, five year olds!

Friday, June 20, 2008, 12:01
Section: Miscellany


I know; you’re going to say this is sick and wrong. But remember: A five-year-old’s head butt is right at crotch level for some of us. The best defense is a good offense.

The world’s worst McDonald’s …

Friday, June 13, 2008, 14:49
Section: Miscellany

is the one at 17284 Main Street in Hesperia.

I thought I would run and grab a quick to-go lunch for the kid and wife, who are at home today.

This is what I ordered:

James: A Happy Meal, with four Chicken McNuggets, Apple Dippers, milk and a toddler toy
Jenn: A two cheeseburger meal (plain) with a Diet Coke
Me: A crispy bacon ranch salad, a double cheeseburger and a large Diet Coke.

This is what we got:

James: A Happy Meal, with four Chicken McNuggets, french fries, a small Diet Coke and a big kid’s toy (some sort of sure-to-choke-on snake from Kung Fu Panda)
Jenn: Two cheeseburgers with the works and a Diet Coke
Me: A packet of ranch dressing, a double cheeseburger and a large Diet Coke.

Every single one of us had an error with our part of the order.

I’ve previously written a complaint to McDonald’s, Inc. about this location. Nothing happened.

Back to not buying from them for a few more years.

Important technical information

Sunday, June 1, 2008, 11:18
Section: Miscellany

When the baby grabs your Treo and begins gnawing on it, the correct response is not, “oh, just let him play with it; what harm can he do?”

Granted, a Treo without a working microphone isn’t useless, but it’s also not a cellphone any more, either.

Guest editorial

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 21:32
Section: Miscellany

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