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Good McMorning

February 16th, 2012

Are you lovin’ it?

If you aren’t, then you might want to.

Who doesn’t like “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” (in moderation, of course)?

If you haven’t driven down Warrensville Center Road in the last week and noticed the new McDonald’s restaurant, then I’d say you haven’t been reading enough of The (award-winning) Carroll News lately. We’ve been talking about the new McDonald’s more than Ronald himself.

I highly suggest visiting, if you haven’t already. The food is good and the eating area seems pretty clean. There’s a TV in the corner, too, providing you a comfortable place to watch CNN, munch on your Filet-O-Fish and drink your Shamrock Shake.

The one thing I didn’t anticipate was getting my first encounter with University Heights’ newest dining establishment so early.

My friends and I decided to get up at 5 a.m. one morning to wait for McDonald’s to open its doors. With thoughts of warm McGriddles, McMuffins and McCafé coffee in our heads, we traversed down Warrensville in the warmest clothes we could find. The bitter cold air and wind couldn’t freeze our idea of a great way to start the morning.

With anticipation, we stood in line with about 30 other people. They, like us, couldn’t stay away from the promise of a warm McDonald’s breakfast. The line got bigger behind us as the minutes slowly crept by.

Finally, after what seemed like forever, it was 6 a.m. The doors flew open and the first 50 of us brave souls were given a prize. Who could say no to a booklet full of coupons for 52 free Big Mac sandwiches, one for each week of the year?

My hunger was vanquished as I gulped down my scrumptious McGriddle breakfast. A couple sips of orange juice and I felt satisfied.

After enjoying our breakfast, we all braced the cold wind once again as we made our way back to our residences – a successful trip, indeed. To celebrate our victorious trek, we all got a few hours of shut-eye before our first classes.

Going to fast-food restaurants is not the norm in my family, so I considered this trip kind of a treat. We appreciate taking time out of our busy lives to sit around the kitchen table and enjoy a healthy, home-cooked meal.

I’ve seen “Super Size Me” and read “Fast Food Nation,” both of which don’t exactly paint a nice picture of the fast-food industry. But, that being said, an occasional trip to your local burger joint isn’t a bad thing, in my opinion. The important thing to keep in mind is being responsible for your body. Eating every day at McDonald’s may not be the best idea in the world.

Then again, standing in the bitter cold at 5:30 in the morning waiting for free Big Mac coupons and a warm McGriddle sandwich isn’t exactly a smart decision either. But, it does make for an interesting time. My friends agree – they’ve said the same thing.

I’m sure more than a few early commuters and passengers on the RTA bus that passed by us that morning said to themselves, “Those guys are nuts.”

Yeah, I would say we were a little crazy. But nothing lost, nothing gained. I lost a few hours of sleep in my warm bed, but gained a good story … and some free Big Macs.