Archives: June 2005
Thu Jun 30, 2005
Mac foils Windows again!
I bought a Mac Mini for my dad to have him switch by force. He lives in Canada, so I had to take it across the border with me.
I got to the customs official when entering Canada and I declared it because I'm very honest and a wonderful person. I declared it with a value of $450. The custom guy said I was only allowed to bring in up to $60 without paying duties, which I knew. I was like, "fine, I'll pay your duties." Then he said it was my lucky day because all of their computers were down. So I was allowed to walk through without paying any duty.
As I walk toward the exit, I glance at the computer screens, and they are all displaying a Windows XP Professional screen. Ha ha, Mac beats Windows yet again!
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Tue Jun 28, 2005
Great A&W Food
I just got back from a trip to Canada. One of the things I was looking forward to when getting to Canada was eating some tasty hamburgers from A&W.
"But John," I can hear my American readers whine, "I'm confused on two levels:
a) there are A&W restaurants in the US; and
b) A&W sucks."
I can answer both of those objections with one response. The A&W in Canada is much different than the A&W in the US. I used to work at an A&W restaurant when I was in high school, so I'm very familiar with the tastes and flavours and smells. When I first got to the US, I found an A&W and tried it. It pretty much sucked. I thought perhaps it was just that location. I have tried 4 locations in my area (Santa Clara, Campbell, Santa Cruz, Lodi), and they all taste the same and they all suck. I have been to countless locations in Canada, and they all taste the same and they all taste fantastic.
So I don't think that the A&W in Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US company, like so many other Canadian companies are. I suspect that the Canadians have their own independent, non-sucky A&W company. The next time you are in Canada, be sure to check it out.
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