Archive for November, 2008

Number 5 is Alive!

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Sorry for the lack of posting recently. I’ve had some work issues and some family issues. And nothing-to-blog-about issues. But I’m still here. In fact, it almost slipped by me again, but it’s BTQ’s anniversary. This blog is five years old! And I’m still excited about doing it…most of the time. I’ll be back with new stuff after the Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy yours, and thanks for reading!

(Oh, and I know this post is a little dull. I was going to liven it up with a picture, but trust me that you want the filter on when you do a Google Image search for “Give me 5!”)

Coming Next Year: Sesame Street, Melrose Place, and Electric Avenue!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

So I was drinking a McDonald’s beverage the other day, and noticed that affixed to the side of the cup was a game piece for the restaurant’s “Monopoly” contest. If you’re not familiar, there are stickers on various food items, a few of which offer instant prizes, but most of which correspond to aspects of the classic Monopoly board game. There are streets, utilities, and railroads. If you collect all of a set, you win a prize. Naturally, at least one member of each set is rare, so, for example, if you find a “Pennsylvania Avenue” sticker, hang on to it.

Anyway, I don’t save up a stack of stickers or anything, but I usually peel them off out of curiosity. This time, though, I got something that didn’t have anything to do with the Monopoly game I knew: “Arches Avenue.”

Arches Avenue? WTF?!

As we all know, the streets in the original Monopoly game were taken from Atlantic City. I’ve never been there, but I’m pretty sure they don’t have an Arches Avenue (or its companion, “Golden Avenue”). Google Maps tells me there are a handful of Golden Avenues, mostly in California, but the only Arches Avenue it found was in El Dorado Hills, California, near Sacramento.

Are Boardwalk and Park Place not good enough for you, McDonald’s? What’s next, Oriental Chicken Salad Avenue? If McDonald’s wants to give out more prizes, it can just print more winning game pieces, or have fewer “free small fries” stickers, or make the Water Works worth more than $50. But it shouldn’t be able to just add streets willy-nilly. I hope the folks at the Atlantic City Division of Planning and Development at least had their say about it.

As you can tell, I’m kind of steamed about this. Long-time reader might recall that four years ago (almost to the day), I wrote about another McDonald’s Monopoly fraud scam. I pledge to remain vigilant. Or at least troll for internet searches for McDonald’s lame-ass Arches Avenue.

Notes From a Road Trip

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The whole family recently took a cross country road trip. And here are a few observations after spending 4 days in a car with Mrs. Haff and a 2 year old.

1. God bless the person who invented the in-car entertainment systems. I honestly don’t know how people managed to not strangle their kids without these.

2. God condemn the inventor of the in-car entertainment system. Kids love to watch the same thing over and over and over and over again. If I had to hear the theme song to Dora The Explorer any more, I might have driven the car off the road.

3. There is no rhyme or reason to the deer crossing signs. Really, when you’re driving across the western United States, every deer crossing sign should really just say “Watch for deer from now til the border”.

4. New Mexico is really, really pretty.

5. If the road kill evidence was any indication, the auto body repair industry is not suffering a big down turn in the current economy.

6. When you kid gets sick and has to take a steroid while being confined in a vehicle, the term “bouncing off the walls” is no longer just an expression.

7. I am proposing a new, mandatory, nation-wide zoning ordinance. Any sewage treatment facility built close to a major highway must have a Febreeze testing facility between it and said highway.