morning babble: Via Lyft, Learning Arizona about McDonald’s, Pizzeria Bianco & Christmas Style Chiles / Ryan Holiday quote

morning babble / Monday 04-10-23

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So, I’m in Arizona.

My favorite part so far as we prepare for the week ahead – our trips with Lyft drivers and what we have learned about the area.

I learned two things about McDonald’s:

  1. Sierra Vista is a military town and soldiers were not allowed to walk around in uniform, so there needed to be a way to serve them in their cars. In 1975, the very first McDonald’s drive-thru was born. So, credit Sierra Vista, Arizona. (Lethal Weapon clip)
  2. The only McDonald’s with teal arches and not the trademark known golden arches is located in Sedona, Arizona. There are rules in place for buildings in Sedona to make sure that no structure intrudes too much on the surrounding natural scenery. Back in 1993, city officials believed that a bright yellow M would do just that. They claimed that gold would clash with the surrounding red rocks, and opted for a more pleasing, soft blue. (Pix)

Okay – that’s all I got for McDonald’s. But then I learned that apparently the best pizza in America can be found here in Arizona. People will actually fly in, wait in line (that’s key), enjoy their pie, and then fly back out. I then began remembering to myself about this guy Chris who had appeared on the Dave Chang show podcast. Both – when Chris was present or not on the show – Chang claimed that Chris had the best pizza around. So, I looked up all of this and it’s the same guy / same location. Pizzeria Bianco (Chris Bianco is the chef).

Lastly, when you order your tacos – you choose red chiles or green chiles OR Christmas Style, which is obviously both.

Speaking of Christmas, I’ve been feeling like Ralphie in the Santa Line. (clip) I’ve said it before but vacationing takes practice. Typically, I talk about setting up goals on a Monday – for me, that’s what I’m trying to do. Decompress, relax, enjoy myself.

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“Nobody is thinking you’re an imposter. They are busy thinking about themselves.” – by Ryan Holiday

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