Monday, February 5, 2007

Out and About

Before I regale you with this new snort, I would like to give attention to an essay written about the expression of grief. It's on the NPR website under "This I Believe". Cortney Davis, a nurse practitioner, says some powerful things in her essay entitled "A way to honor life". If you have suffered loss, it's definitely worth the read. Helps restore my faith in medical professionals.

And now without further ado...

In our part of the country we have a chain of restaurants called "Fr1end1y's". For those who don't have a clue what I am talking about, it's pretty much a family restaurant-diner style-that also heavily markets their ice cream products. On hot summer nights, I love to go there and get something really bad for me. They have a deal where you can get a free sundae if you buy a meal, or something like that. Apparently, their advertising execs don't have the same gutter mind that I do, because they gave this sundae deal quite an interesting name. Here's what the sign said outside of the Friendly's in a nearby town:

"Free Happy Ending with Every Meal!!!"

Clearly, Fr1end1y's has earned its name.

Ah, yes, I am a dirty, dirty girl.

23 comments:

Not so little sister said...

That's hilarious! I never thought of it like that. You crack me up.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Since I am suffering a recent loss, I'll have to check out the link you have posted here.

LOL! Love the "happy endings, only we have the best part at home after.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

PS love the fern pix!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

ferns, leaves, succulents, yes!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! I went and read that essay and I am really glad I did. Of course I cried and cried. Thanks.

Alice said...

I heard the same thing on NPR and thought about posting something about it as well.

The "happy endings" thing though? HILARIOUS. You know someone in their advertising department knows what that could imply, I mean COME ON!

Emilija said...

I loved that essay! It really hits home as a healthcare worker. The one thing that I struggle with is how much to let my patients grieve for what they have lost by their stroke, amputation, etc., when it is hampering their rehabiliation and pulling them into depression. I want to acknowledge their grief, but I also know that their insurance company only gives them a certain number of days of rehab, and they have to make the most of it, despite how they feel.

Molecular Turtle said...

OMG I wish I got a happy ending after every meal.

My Reality said...

That is hilarious!

It reminds me of an add for J.ack As.tor's on the side of a bus once - it said "We have wings. Always." I never saw that add again but died laughing when I saw it. My husband was disgusted.

thrice said...

Why do I think that "happy ending" was brain-stormed by a woman and approved by a man?

Ol' Lady said...

you say that you are a dirty dirty girl...maybe you hubby should spank you :p

Reese said...

Hello? A free happy ending LOLOL

Sarah said...

Thanks for the link... I've been going through some of the I Believe stories, but hadn't seen this one. I like it! :)

Jenny F. Scientist said...

Reminds me of the sign they have, alas, taken down from the market on the corner:

'Fried fish now grand open thank you for come in.'

Only... yours is better. Or worse. Or something!

Dianne/Flutter said...

Excellent article. Thank you for sharing.

You are too funny about the "happy endings", get your mind out of the gutter. Actually keep it there, it gave me and everyone else a really good/needed laugh! :)

Aurelia said...

Hey, thank you Nicole, I'm having a rough day here. It's nice to have funny friends to cheer us up!

Dino aka Katy said...

i am all for happy endings. thanks for sharing the essay link

BerryBird said...

Thanks for the link to the NPR story. I love that series and haven't heard enough of them lately. I'm glad for the little nudge.

I always wondered about the whole Happy Endings thing, too. When do you think that promotion was first used? Because, yeah... they have to know what it means. Do you think it increases sales?

Jackie said...

Last night at Linens-N-Things I happened upon "The Magic Bullet". Which, in this scenario, refers to an As-Seen-On-TV blender contraption. The last time I happened upon something with the same name, I was shopping for a vibrator. Hmmm.
I love the new look of your blog. I have been reading entries in my RSS feeder and haven't visited properly in a little while so I'm glad I stopped by.
NPR often reduces me to tears, especially with the Story Corps project. The raw truth of some people's lives...I don't know how they bear it. But they do indeed, and sometimes we are much stronger than we could ever imagine.

Meri-ann said...

Dirty? Yes... Funny? Definitely!

Twisted Ovaries said...

I'd tip big. Very big. You just don't get that kind of service elsewhere.

the waiting line said...

LOL! . . . well done to their marketing department!

TInk said...

ha ha ha ha ha! I miss that place! Makes me want to go out and earn a 'Happy Ending' myself.

Have fun working out! :D