McDonald’s and Realistic Expectations

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One late summer day many years ago my friend Jordan and I were in a predicament. We had coupons for McDonald’s that were going to expire and we needed to use them.

There is no McDonald’s in our small town, but luckily for us there was one about a 30 minute car ride away located in a service station off of Highway 401, one of the busiest roads in North America.

Unfortunately Jordan wasn’t old enough to drive and I didn’t have access to a car to get us there. What were we to do?

Luckily Jordan had his grandfather’s four wheeler parked in his parents garage. We decided that we would drive it to McDonald’s.

We told his Mother that we were going out for a ride and that we would be back in an hour. Plenty of time to get there and back we figured.

We didn’t want to drive on the main roads, so we stuck to the gravel back roads except for when we needed to cross the river. We had a pretty good idea of where we needed to go, but we had never taken the route we were planning. At one point Jordan stopped the four wheeler and shut it of so we could discuss which direction we needed to go from there.

In that moment we could hear the traffic of a major highway, we must be close we assumed. We kept going. Somehow we ended up on the opposite side of the highway from where we wanted to be, but soon enough we could see McDonald’s and an overpass going back over the highway.

We parked the four wheeler in the edge of a wooded area and walked up to McDonald’s. We were victorious.

Ironically I don’t think either of us used the coupons that we had, opting for what we felt were better options.

On our trip home we had some difficulty finding a road back over the river and nearly ran out of gas. Jordan’s Mom was very upset with us when we returned home. Our one hour ride had turned into a three or four hour trip to McDonald’s.

Jordan and I underestimated the time it would take us to get to McDonald’s and back. We had a blast making the trip, but we were in a lot of trouble when we got home.

I think I learned two important lessons from this trip. That it’s important to be realistic about your expectations and that you can always expect to have a good time when you go to McDonald’s.

How realistic are your expectations?

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