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  • Heartwarming Story of Arianna's Broken Cheeseburger

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Anna Kaye MacLean recently posted a picture of her 7-year-old sister Arianna at a Chili's Grill & Bar in Utah.  She also shared this touching story and picture on Facebook and it went viral and I can totally see why.

    Here's what Anna wrote:

    I want to share the experience that my husband, 7 year old autistic sister and I had today at the Chili’s location in Midvale, UT. Arianna, my little sister, didn’t waste any time when our waitress, Lauren, greeted us at our table. Arianna promptly ordered her cheeseburger with pickles, french fries, and chocolate milk before Lauren could even take our drink order. Lauren smiled and told Arianna, “Okay! I’ll be right back with your chocolate milk!”. When we got our food I was wondering why Arianna wouldn’t touch her cheeseburger, but was going to town on her french fries. I asked her, “Arianna are you going to eat your cheeseburger?” She calmly said, “No, I don’t want it.” Cheeseburgers, or ‘Krabby Patties’ as we sometimes call them, are her FAVORITE! So this behavior was VERY strange. So I asked her, “Why don’t you want it?”. She replied, “It’s broken. I need another one thats fixed.” Then it dawned on me why she wasn’t eating it. It’s because it was cut in half. Being a child with autism, she has to have certain things in a particular order at all times. One slight change in her routine can change the course of the day instantly. When Lauren came back to check on us, I asked if we could order another cheeseburger and just add it to our check. She had a concerned look on her face so I explained that Arianna has autism, and that in her mind, because the cheeseburger was cut in half, she thinks its broken and can’t eat it. I told Lauren I knew it sounded silly, but if we could just order an additional one we will gladly pay for it because there was nothing wrong with the one that was originally brought out. Lauren was so sweet and just smiled and went along with Arianna, telling her “I brought you a broken cheeseburger?! You know what, I’ll have them cook you a new one!” I loved this because rather than just taking it from the table, she actually TOLD Arianna what she was doing. While this seems insignificant, by her telling Arianna what she was doing, we avoided a melt down. The manager, Bradley Cottermole, then came to our table, kneeled down, and said to Arianna, “I heard we gave you a broken cheeseburger! I am so sorry about that! We are making you a brand new one that isn’t broken, with pickles! I’ll bring you some french fries to munch on while you’re waiting, ok?” A couple of minutes later, Lauren arrived back at our table with cheeseburger #2. Arianna said, “OH FANK YOU! You fixded my cheeseburger!” When Lauren walked away, Arianna just sat there for a second and looked at her new burger. She looked like so deep in thought....just staring at it....then she let out a big ”OH I missed you!!” and started kissing the burger over and over again. I showed Lauren this picture and said, “I think we glorified the cheeseburger too much!” She busted up laughing, and asked if she could go show her manager. She came back a minute later and said she showed everyone in the back kitchen area too, and that it made them all laugh and smile. I was so touched by this experience. Especially since I know people who have been asked to leave restaurants when their child with autism is being disruptive. I expected a few different things with this scenario based on past experiences, but I did NOT expect such kind and compassionate mannerisms from Lauren and Bradley. Everyone, from the hostess to the chef, played a role in what most people would think isn’t a big deal. But this entirely shaped how the rest of our day would go. I know...a cheeseburger cut in half literally could make or break our day. In this case thanks to the professionalism of the crew in Midvale, it made our day. And I’m sure Arianna brightened up at least one of the employees days with her silly little personality. Thank you.

     

    Don't mind me.....just a little teared up over here :'-).

  • How Does Your March Madness Bracket Look?

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Although I have filled out about a dozen brackets, the majority of them are not doing so well and this is how I feel about them.

    At least 3 of my final four teams are still in it, but it isn't looking too good. So it seems as if I have made several monetary donations to basketball pools.

    Fantastic!

    How does your bracket look after all the upsets over the weekend?

  • Does Your March Madness Bracket Look Similar to President Obama's?

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    He has filled out a bracket every year since he took office for both the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments.

    On the women's side, President Obama has Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and California in the Final Four.

    Louisville, Ohio State, Florida and Indiana are President Obama's picks for the men's Final Four with Indiana winning the whole thing.

    Here is his completed NCAA bracket for the men.  How does yours compare?

  • Justin Timberlake Will Release a Companion Album to "The 20/20 Experience"

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Justin Timberlake confirmed to Ryan Seacrest on Monday night that his new album "The 20/20 Experience", which hit stores today, will have a companion album that will be released later this year. "The 20/20 Experience" has 10 tracks on it and the second disc will contain 10 more tracks.

    No confirmation on release date of the second disc, but rumor mills are swirling with sometime in November.

    For now, I will just enjoy this much anticipated comeback.

  • It's Safe to Say Selena Gomez is Doing Just Fine Without Justin Bieber

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Selena Gomez was on the "Late Show with David Letterman" last night and of course the topic of her split with Justin Bieber came up.  I think it is definitely safe to say she is doing just fine after their split since she made him cry.

    Watch the clip if you missed it last night.

    I wonder what Justin will have to say about this.

  • History of Rap 4 with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Justin Timberlake wrapped up his week long stunt on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Friday night with their duet "History of Rap 4."  These two make an awesome team!

    Don't forget Justin Timberlake's new album "The 20/20 Experience" hits stores tomorrow!

     

  • Mumford & Sons - Whispers In The Dark (NEW MUSIC VIDEO)

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    MUMFORD & SONS have released a video for "Whispers in the Dark" . . . and it's pretty cool.

    The screen is split into four mini-videos, with each one following a band member getting ready for a concert.  The corners come together at the end, as they meet up.  It's fun, too . . . for example, bass player TED DWANE arrives on a battleship. 

    Another mini-video follows banjo player WINSTON MARSHALL.  He's known for his rugged look . . . but in the video, he arrives in a sharp suit, and slowly goes through the process of making himself look LESS clean-cut.  He even puts on a fake beard.

  • 10 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    While being single definitely has its ups and downs, today I am going to celebrate why being single has its advantages and here are 10 reasons why.....

    1. You're more hire-able - If you're looking for a job, being single gives you an edge because you are more likely to work for less money (not so good), but you are also more likely to move around to wherever places are hiring because of a sense of urgency that you need to support yourself.

    2. You're slimmer - People tend to let themselves go, especially when it comes to personal appearance if they are in a committed relationship.

    3. You're good at everything - Meaning you can maintain a household by yourself even when it comes to chores, hanging pictures, cooking, paying bills and even checking the coolant in your vehicle.  You can figure out life's curveballs by yourself.

    4. You make the world a better place - When the possibility of love is in the air men and women are more likely to do things to impress others with acts of kindness such as donating or volunteering for charity.

    5. You're free to pursue the life you want - It's not easy to admit but most people need to spend time alone in order to figure out who they truly are.  When you do that then you are able to pursue the life that is most meaningful to you.

    6. You drink less alcohol (if you're a woman) - According to a recent study, marriage drives women to drink because your partners' habits, specifically the bad ones, rub off on you.

    7. You can squeeze into last-mintue spots easier than a pair could - Being single usually means you can get better last-minute seats at a concert or movies and you're more likely to become friends' "plus one" at fun events because you never get "plus two".

    8. You can take risks and make life changes with a clear conscience - If you feel like making a career change, or moving to another city, or you want to go on a year long hiatus to a foreign country you can.  When you are single is the time in your life to do all those crazy things that you have dreamed of before you settle down with a partner.

    9. You meet a lot more people - Single people are more approachable everywhere which ends up exposing you to a lot more of what life has to offer.

    10. You still get to have that first kiss - The dating scene can be very discouraging (I would know), but one of the ups of dating is that you get to have that first kiss with someone you just started seeing. Not a lot of things in long-term relationships can relate to that first spark and magical moment you have with someone new.

    So let's celebrate the awesomeness that is being single.  Anyone else feel like happy hour!?

  • Would You Return this $1800?

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Devon Gluck is a senior at the Univeristy of Delaware. He recently went to withdraw some cash from a campus PNC bank ATM.  The ATM mistakenly dispensed $1800!

    He took the money from the ATM and held on to it for a couple days before finally deciding to return it.

    What would you do? Would you return the money or would you keep it since it technically was the bank and ATM's fault?