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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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

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4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

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12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

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16. Go kayaking.

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18. Get my palms read.

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19. Go to a medium.

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20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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5 Perks Of A Vacated Midwest College Town During The Summer

Grand Forks wasn't built around a lake, but it can still be a great place to be.

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No longer being a kid during the summer royally sucks. I cannot effectively express my distaste for having so many responsibilities and being forced to be an adult, but I sure can try.

I miss the days of completely blowing off work for a week and heading to the lake to just sit back and relax. I'm grown up now, I no longer make attempts to blow off work and I follow my morals. However, the problem with this is, that it's tough to go to the lake when It's almost three hours away, and I have work the next day.

So what are the perks of being an adult in a vacated college town?

1. Drinking at the bars becomes way more spacious and tolerable

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It's significantly easier to ignore one incredibly drunk person singing karaoke for one song every few hours than listening to a line of overly hammered college students singing the same six songs every three hours.

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Specifically, in my college town of Grand Forks North Dakota, we have races on Friday and Saturday nights, and they're a huge hit.

I, for one, have not been the world's biggest fan of people racing cars around in a circle. There's a lot that goes into that, and I fully understand and respect the people with the gonads to do that sort of thing, but River Cities Speedway is always poppin' every single weekend when it's dry out. You can hear it all around town, and you hear about it on the radio and on the news. It looks like everyone that goes absolutely aches to go all throughout the work week.

It's the highlight of a lot of people's lives, and that's a good atmosphere to be in.

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4. Everyone loves a good gathering around a fire pit

Bring the booze, the tailgates, the friends, and the laughs and memories will flow like the ancient rivers of Babylon. The weekends are wonderful times to be stranded in small midwest towns that typically are filled with college kids. Being at home with your best friends and sitting around a perfectly stoked fire is one of the most blissful and relaxing things to do after a 60 hour work week.

5. Grilling every night never gets old

I could destroy cheese burgers, steaks, chicken, hot dogs, and anything else that is typically cooked on the grill. There are so many recipes on how to cook amazing delicacies on the grill, that you could have something different every single night from when the snow melts, to when the leaves begin to float graciously to the deteriorating grass.

If you're a vegetarian or a vegan, you can always figure something out — like grilled corn on the cob or other different ways to grill vegetables. Also, thank you for leaving more deliciousness for the rest of us this summer season.

I'm not sure if it's just me, but does everything taste much better after it's been grilled? Science? Can we get someone on this to make it a proven fact and to discover why that's a thing?

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