Category Archives: around town

WTF Sonic?

Had a craving for a double-bacon breakfast burrito or two, so I headed to Sonic on 10th Avenue South. Unfortunately, I opted to park in a stall instead of using the drive-thru — a mistake that I don’t normally make.

I placed my order at 12:14 pm and settled in to wait for a few minutes, comforted by my Sirius XM.

When the clock hit 12:30, I started to get a bit worried. At 12:40, my worry began turning to frustration. I hit the “order”button” again, to no avail.

At 12:45, I Googled up the phone number for Sonic and tried calling — it just rang and rang and rang.

At about 12:52, I got out of my car and walked up to the door that says EMPLOYEES ONLY, and dared to walk in. The folks behind the counter looked up in surprise, and I told them that I had been waiting for more than 40 minutes. One of them kind of shrugged and said in a semi-apologetic tone that they were very, very busy, and were trying hard to get everyone’s order filled.

I returned to my car and took my frustration to Facebook — posted at 1 p.m., and some kind friends and acquaintances kept me company in the comments.

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About one minute after I posted on Facebook, an employee came out to my car and apologized (sincerely, it seemed), and re-took my order. At 1:06 pm, he delivered my food to me, and again apologized.

Total time from order to delivery: 52 minutes. WTF, Sonic?

And is it kind of weird that everything finally happened literally a minute after I posted on Facebook?

To be honest, I likely would have bailed on the order and kissed my $15 good-bye if it hadn’t been for my beloved Sirius XM, and checking in on the KRTV Facebook page and comments during the agonizing wait.

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Random Pix (January 1, 2015)

So yeah…we got a little bit of snow over the last several days — a true “White Christmas” and then some!

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Dining at 3-D in Black Eagle, and noticed that some of the folks at my table who ordered alcoholic beverages got fancy little umbrellas in their drinks — but my poor glass of cola didn’t rate, so I begged the waitress for a fancy umbrella:

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Really dig the new look inside Rikki’s restaurant (and they’ve upped their service and food game, too!):

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Feelin’ the luv at Starbucks :-)

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The Reveal

I’ll admit — a bit disappointed that the “What’s Shakin’?” billboards turned out to be ads for a new church in Great Falls. Was hoping for a new restaurant or something a bit more exciting.

BUT! It was very cool of Bruce (the pastor) and Jeff (the billboard guy) to invite me (exclusively!) to the unveiling of the secret this morning — super nice guys, and they did a great job creating buzz with their marketing campaign.

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“Uncle Sam Fairy”

Did you know that there is an “Uncle Sam Fairy?” I took this picture on June 21st *somewhere* in Great Falls, but can’t remember where. Antique store maybe?

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Category: around town

Smashed Bug

Saw this along 2nd Avenue South near 7th Street on Tuesday morning…not quite sure what to make of it. There’s also a damaged car parked in front of the VW.

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Category: around town

Vandals

Grrrr. The bison/fish sculpture near the 1st Avenue North bridge has been vandalized. I absolutely love those bison sculptures around town.

Vandals are jackasses. Period. Hope whoever did this gets caught.

If you know who did it, call GFPD Crimestoppers at 406-727-8477.

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From the Trib:

The “rainboffalo” statue that has greeted passers-by along the River’s Edge Trial at the east end of the 1st Avenue North Bridge since 2009 was vandalized sometime in the past several days, losing its fins to criminal mischief.

The damage occurred in two waves, River’s Edge Trail board member Karen Wicks said Tuesday afternoon. A leg fin was broken off but recovered late last week, she said, and the other fin and tail torn off and stolen over the weekend. The damage was reported to Great Falls police Monday.

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