But I sort of woke up one morning like “Oh gee. The people who own dealerships are kids whose dads own dealerships,” and suddenly it seemed much more difficult to break into the industry. As someone formerly in automotive marketing myself and who just had this realization after dealing with dealerships for the past couple years...if you've never dealt with dealership management, you have no idea how true this is.
@Splendorofmorgan Jesus, what is this, the Consumerist comments? You don't do that for the same reason you don't do that when your server is slow bringing you or forgets to bring you the check the first time you ask for it. There's a social contract that most of us abide by and doing what you suggest is just an asshole thing to do; just fucking chill out for a few minutes, you won't die.
So many comments suffering from that pervasive, bullshit false binary syndrome that has infected so much of the internet. Not all chains are created equal. Size, quality of food, social responsibility, benefits offered...these differ as much in chains as they do in local restaurants. Chains serve a purpose. Anyone who remembers trying to get an edible meal in an airport or off a deserted stretch of interstate highway 25 years ago knows this. That said, I live in Chicago and rarely shop or eat at national chains, mostly because the local options are just better. I've also lived places where that is not the case.
@deepomega Also, Applebee's is headquartered in Overland Park, KS.
@Morbo Yeah, Rockwell is the best. I love the level crossing, with the little Rockwell Crossing block next to. As close to "quaint" as you're going to find in urban public transit. I was actually wondering about the picture, and I thought it was Addison Brown Line, but upon review it appears to be Addison Red Line? In any case, I'm down the block from Western Brown Line, which is pretty mediocre. And yeah, the Edgewater/Rogers Park Red Line stops are the worst.
Addison Brown Line stop?
@claudineonthedole quick note - "bad luck" isn't actually a thing. A good knife is a great gift.
@petejayhawk (I have owned 14 cars since then. You get over the attachment, kids.)
My first car, an '85 Accord with upwards of 250,000 miles has likely been dead for at least 13 years now. But my SECOND car...my second car was a 1993 Saturn SL2 that had previously belonged to my father. When it was bequeathed to me in 1998, it had 215,000 miles on it (ON A FIVE-YEAR OLD CAR). After my freshman year of college, the transmission went out. I sold it for $1000 to an acquaintance. He then put a new transmission in it and drove it for the next five years until graduating from law school in 2004. Two years ago, I was visiting the town where I attended college (Lawrence, KS, obviously). I pulled into a gas station...NEXT TO MY OLD SATURN. It still had the KU sticker in the back and the strange dent in the front right fender where my father, distracted by his cellular bag phone, had rear-ended a delivery van in 1995. Crazy.