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Frank Mahony: Good Things Happen When You Get Off Your Ass


Frank Mahony

Frank Mahony

Good Things Happen When You Get Off Your Ass

5/15/2009   Comment on This

I know what you’re thinking – You think I found some old Richard Simmons VHS-Tape at a garage sale and I’m now on a new “exercise kick” or something.

Maxwell Street PolishNope.

Nothing that sinister.

In fact, it’s almost the opposite. I had a fast food craving and a “Maxwell Street Polish” came to mind. If you've never had a "Maxwell" you haven't lived yet. It's all wrong and all right at the same time.

The best place I can get one of those near work is Portillios. It wasn’t pouring rain but it was drizzling. As I get nearer to Portillios, I see the traffic jam and the “drive through” line wrapping around the parking lot and onto the street.

I admit, I planned on using the "drive through" too but when I saw a line around the building, I took a chance on parking and running in for my order. Last time I checked, a little rain wouldn’t kill me and I hoped to save a few minutes compared to the “drive through” line which looked at least 25 minutes long.

When I walked in, I was shocked to see NOBODY in line to order food at a Portillios at 12:20pm on a Friday. When I say NOBODY, I don’t mean just a few people – I mean NOBODY.

I had my choice of two available/empty registers.

By the time I ordered, paid and casually walked over to the “pick up” counter – they called my number and it was ready.

I was back in my car in less than three minutes and I don’t think the “drive through” line had advanced more than ONE car. I chuckled at all those sorry/hungry/stranded/lazy people.

I got off my ass and something good happened. Nothing worthy of an Ayn Rand novel; I just shaved a few minutes of mindless waiting out of my busy day. The fact that was able to eat a Polish Sausage dipped in a deep fryer with greasy onions “quicker” probably negates anything good about the story in the long run. But your mileage may vary.

So - Get off your ass… and wherever you go – tell ‘em I sent ya.

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