A Goodbye Letter To Chick-Fil-A

A Goodbye Letter To Chick-Fil-A

I'll miss you and your cow-themed freebie days.
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In a little more than a week from the time I’m writing this article, I’ll be making the 16-hour car trek from Florida to New York so I can pursue a career in music education. Though I’m elated to return to the cockroach-free tundra of The North, there are a few things I’ll miss about living in Florida. One of these things is Chick-Fil-A.

Before I moved here, I didn’t eat a lot of fast food. Chick-Fil-A changed all of that. While my eating more fast food isn’t necessarily something to be proud of, there are just certain things that make Chick-Fil-A far superior to other fast food restaurants — which I have taken the time to list below, so that you, too, can revel in the famous chicken chain glory. You’re welcome.

1. Chicken Minis

Call me crazy, but yes, Chicken Minis deserve their own category. Also, the little hash browns that they serve in the morning are so delicious. So unhealthy — but so delicious. My tummy is very sad that I’ll have to leave Chick-Fil-A breakfasts behind, but my arteries are thanking me.

2. The Cow Calendar Card

My mom got me the Chick-Fil-A Cow Calendar for Christmas. Back then I didn’t think I’d use the card that much, but it turns out I always end up using my free treat of the month. Sometimes you really can’t justify buying a chocolate milkshake just because you had a rough day at work or school, and that’s when the calendar card comes in. Everyone loves freebies.

(Plus, one of the mystery offers this year was a three-count chicken mini meal. That was one of the best email I’ve ever gotten, second only to my college acceptance email. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But still.)

3. Cow Appreciation Day

I really like cows. Like, really like cows. I have a cow onesie, cow stuffed animals, cow blankets — you name it, I’ve probably got it. So when I heard about Cow Appreciation Day, I took it really seriously. (For my Northern friends who don’t know, the deal is you go to Chick-Fil-A dressed as a cow and they give you a free entree.)

This year on Cow Appreciation Day, I sauntered into Chick-Fil-A wearing my over-the-top cow onesie (with udders!). The decorations for Cow Appreciation Day were equally over-the-top. The little cow stuffed animals and balloons hanging from the walls and ceilings made me feel like I was walking into a themed diner at Disney World. It was magical. Plus, I got free food. Not too shabby, Chick.

4. The super friendly employees

Story time: at the beginning of the school year, Chick put on a promotion where every Tuesday you could buy one breakfast entree and get another one free. My boyfriend and I consequently decided that every Tuesday morning we’d get chicken minis before school. We’d get there at around seven o’clock every Tuesday, and each time, the same employee would take our order. He was always super friendly and accommodating even at seven in the morning; he would joke around with us and eventually knew our names from taking our order so much.

During the summer we finally stopped going for chicken minis every Tuesday, so we didn’t see our employee friend anymore. But just last week, we decided to grab chicken minis on the way to a morning appointment, and we saw him again. We talked for a several minutes since we hadn’t seen him in a while, and came to find out that not only did he know of SUNY schools (a rare phenomenon in Tallahassee), but he was from New York. It was one of those super cool moments in the day that you look back at and just smile about.

This experience could happen at any restaurant, but at Chick-Fil-A, stellar customer service is the norm. That’s what sets Chick apart from other fast food chains. Their employees work really hard to promote a friendly, clean, and community-oriented environment, and their hard work never goes unnoticed nor unappreciated. I’ll certainly miss these positive vibes when I move up north.

So, goodbye, Chick. I’ll miss your chicken minis and your freebies of the month. See you in December!

Cover Image Credit: Heidi Pelkey

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The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

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Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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