3 for Thursday: July 27, 2017

It has been sweltering and humid here in southwest Missouri for the last few weeks with very little rain. Pretty sunny summer days, although hot. Then it rained today, which was a wonderful break. We are about two weeks away from the start of school, and our life is feeling it coming. My advice: Breathe deeply and love life. Even when things aren’t easy, stop a moment and breathe and enjoy the life you have been given. It is the life you have, so enjoy it for what it is.

Three things for this Thursday:

1.  A Twitter account
Jesus for $ale

I found myself laughing really hard yesterday as I read through the posts of the Twitter account called Jesus For $ale. I, for one, grow deeply tired of the monetization of Jesus. This spoof account truly owns how excessive and frivolous the commercial Christian culture can be. Whoever is running this account spends much time finding the perfect turns of phrase and puns to create Christian business names that play off Christian sayings and phrases. Many of these tweets will make you groan the way you do when you hear a “Dad joke” but they’re just so funny all collected in one place. Here’s a pro tip: Christian parents can read them to their kids for easily accessible “Dad jokes” — it works. Enjoy!

2. A Spotify playlist
High School to Law School

My oldest son asked me to start sharing songs with him from “the good old days” of growing up in the 1980s and 1990s. He has come across many good playlists, but I couldn’t find one that fit my preferences. As such, I have started my own, and I called it “High School to Law School”.

So far, the list has about 150 songs on it, and it’s a wide and varied, sometimes eclectic and niche collection of songs from that era that I enjoyed. The playlist will continue to grow. If you like it, I encourage you to follow the playlist on Spotify, and I will continue updating it as songs and artists come to mind. If you want the songs to be somewhat random, you will need to shuffle the playlist because many of the songs are ordered together by the artist or band. Shuffling the playlist will mix things up a little better than just playing the list straight through.

3. An app
Chick-Fil-A One

I love trying out new technology and processes, and today, for the fun of it, I tried out the Chick-Fil-A One app. Around here, Chick-Fil-A is always backed up with lines, both inside and out. The drive thru lanes are crazy, and the restaurants are packed. That’s a great thing for Chick-Fil-A, but I really find no enjoyment there.  The Chick-Fil-A One app is their attempt to save us from any chicken angst.

Inside the app, you can choose your restaurant location, order off the menu, submit and pay for the order online. The Chick-Fil-A One app gives great breadth in customizing your order.You can submit the order on site, or you can order in advance and then notify the app when you arrive on site. Once you tell the app that you are on site, those wonderful Chick-Fil-A people start making your golden chicken goodness. The checkout area has a designed spot to go to for online orders.

Strangely, once I arrived on site in the designated area, a human person then had to ask my name to verify who I was (which really dropped the technical element in the process). In a few minutes, a nice lady showed up and brought me my order without my needing to stand in line or wait in the drive thru. It wasn’t perfect, but it was actually a pretty good experience. If you love Chick-Fil-A but hate lines, the Chick-Fil-A One app might be the plan for you.