This morning I was between lessons and felt the need for a half-way decent coffee, so dropped into McDonald’s Mount Gravatt . I ordered a Large Flat White with a dash of Vanilla. The time was 09:33am. My ‘number’ was 184. See a photo of the register docket below. I walked out at 09:55am after realising that people served AFTER me were getting their coffees and bickies BEFORE me. I had a lesson to get to at 10:00am and was going to be late due to the extremely poor service. I noted one young lady – I have no idea whether she was a trainee or not – seemingly involved doing something with the pastries in the cool cabinet. Turns out she was filling an order for four boxes of macaroons. Those boxes hold six macaroons, she was filling the boxes two biscuits at a time at it took her the entire time I stood and waited to do that. There appeared to be ONE young woman playing Barista, and from my experience, very poorly. She never once wiped off the steam spout on the espresso machine after steaming milk. There were at least three other people buzzing around behind the counter, I have no idea what they were doing but certainly not serving in the McCafe. My order was taken, after waiting a good 5-7 minutes, by a fellow in a black-white striped business shirt wearing a badge which said ‘Manager’. In my estimation he’s not a manager’s backside, especially if he can’t take an order with a computer controlled monitoring system and ensure it is satisfied in a reasonable time, I certainly don’t call 22 minutes – and who knows how much longer after I walked out – reasonable for a simply cup of coffee.
Actually, I started the route from misery to happiness way before today, but the words of The Proclaimer’s track just popped into my head. Continue reading ‘I’m On My Way’
I went out today with another EasyAs trainer, a gentleman by the name of Peter Tarvit. Continue reading ‘Closer and Closer’
Well….it’s not really beyond, it’s just Imbil in the Mary River Valley, but for the past three years, it’s been an escape from all and sundry. Continue reading ‘Back From Beyond’
Y’know, I see, hear and experience all manner of impacts on my/our daily lives, just as you do, dear reader, through the channels of the so-called mainstream media. I say ‘so-called’ simply because it’s generally accepted that if something comes off News-Dot-Com, the Seven Network or the ABC that it’s kosher, believable and accepted copy in their terminology. For example, on the way home today I hear on ABC Local Radio 612 (Brisbane) all about the slaughter of 8 children in a suburb of Cairns I once lived in. The more I listened, the less I found I was learning. There were pitifully few REAL facts and those few facts were repeated ad nauseaum in order to fill the allotted timeframe. As a former inhabitant of Cairns, I found myself asking, which street, the answer to which just wasn’t forthcoming. Isn’t that pertinent information? The ABC had a woman reporter at the 100 metre police barrier for crying out loud, surely she could state the address??? Is the real focus to be on the fact that people….in this case children under the age of adulthood…..were killed by person or persons unknown? Sad…incredibly sad and regrettable occurrence to be certain, but where is the real information on the circumstances in question? Forget the sensation, I for one don’t care, I want the facts, cleanly, concisely and clinically. I don’t know the people concerned, I have zero connections with Cairns these days, so give me the FACTS!!
A fact is something that has really occurred or is actually the case. Don’t belabor the fact, enhance it with NEW facts. Keep the so-called NEWS relevant, not outdated & repetitive.