Saturday, September 26, 2009

Angus Burger At McDonald's

I went through the drive-thru window at the McDonald's Restaurant on Valley Mills Drive tonight so I could pick up a couple of their new Angus Burgers for my wife and I. For weeks, we have both heard people we work with talk about how good the new McDonald's Angus Burger was – so tonight we decided to try this new menu item at McDonald's for ourselves. At first, I thought the new McDonald's Angus burger was made up of ¾ pounds of beef. However, tonight I discovered that the burger only has 1/3 pound of beef – but that in no way made my eating experience of the McDonald's Angus burger any less enjoyable and filling. It amazes me how good the food has gotten at fast food restaurants like McDonald's over the past few years. Not only do they still offer their long time favorite hamburgers, but they also seem to find new menu offerings that please both new and repeat customers alike.

Up until a few months ago, there was a national fast food restaurant chain located in Waco that was called “Backyard Burger”. However, for some reason Backyard Burger closed it's locations in Waco – which disappointed thousands of people that loved to eat there on a regular basis. Tonight, when I took my first bite of the new Angus burger at McDonald's – I thought I was eating a burger that I had enjoyed many times before at Backyard Burger. Since I did not know anything at all about the three choices McDonald's offers the customer when ordering their new Angus burger, I decided to go with the “deluxe” version, which suited my taste buds just fine. On the deluxe McDonald's Angus burger that is a good sized piece of meat that is surrounded by mayo, fresh lettuce, onions and a new type of hamburger bun. I am excited to report that I loved the new deluxe Angus burger that is offered now at Waco area McDonald's restaurants.

In addition to the deluxe Angus burger from McDonald's they also offer two other types of this new hamburger product. One of the other types of Angus burgers offered at McDonald's is called bacon and cheese with the final choice being called Mushroom and Swiss. As a long time Texas country boy, Mushroom and Swiss cheese is not one of my favorite things to eat. However, I do like American cheese and over my fifty years of life – I'll bet I have eaten a ton of bacon. I have already decided to visit McDonald's again real soon so I can try out the bacon and cheese version of their new Angus burger. And yes, I did order a large McDonald's French Fries to go with our two Angus burgers tonight, because everyone knows that it is a waste of a trip to McDonald's - if french fries from there are not enjoy at each and every visit. For people that like to cook out, the new McDonald's Angus burger tastes the same as a burger that is cooked well done on a backyard barbecue grill.

So, the next time you are traveling by a Waco area McDonald's restaurant – why not stop in or order one of their new Angus burgers from their drive-thru? The cost for a McDonald's Angus burger is about $3.50 plus tax and it is worth every penny of that dinning investment.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

H1N1 In Waco Schools

As many health care experts predicted, the start of the 2009 school year in Waco has proven to be a great opportunity for the H1N1 Swine Flu to grow. We all know that kids do not fear germs or getting sick the way adults do, so they go about their business of playing with each others toys and even sharing food with each other in a hand to hand fashion. Before school started in Waco a couple of weeks ago, I was concerned that the beginning of the 2009 school year in Waco could turn out to he a health care disaster because of swine flu, but fortunately for everyone – the cases of swine flu being seen in people this fall is not near as severe as the cases that caused widespread death earlier in the year.

The fact that more people are being exposed to the H1N1 swine flu is a good thing because when this deadly form of flu was first discovered, no one in the world had any natural resistance to this strain of flu. However, six to eight months after swine flu found it's way into the general population worldwide, tens of millions of people have now been exposed to it and the bodies of those exposed to H1N1 swine flu will now know how to fight this new form of flu virus. Like most other people in the Waco area, I was very concerned about the start of the 2009 school year because I wrongly believed that H1N1 swine flu was going to be as deadly as it was earlier this year. Fortunately, right now the regular flu is proving to be more of a danger to Central Texans than H1N1.

In one very important way, all the fear surrounding the H1N1 swine flu virus has been a good thing for the Waco public school system and for that matter most workplaces in the Central Texas area as well. At my workplace and at others around the area, everyone is more concerned about the spread of germs this flu season than in any other year in resent memory. This fear or better put concern about what swine flu might mean to the workplace has caused everyone to be more careful about cleaning the areas they touch when they are feeling ill and swine flu has also caused even the most hard nosed employers to say, stay home, when an employee is sick – rather than coming on into work and making the rest of the office sick as well.

In my opinion the world was very fortunate that H1N1 swine flu did not turn into a worldwide pandemic that caused millions of deaths as was feared when this new strain of flu first made it's appearance. There is still a bunch of fear in the Waco area about the swine flu, but I believe that fear has eased considerably in the past couple of weeks as our school children have returned to class. While we were all lucky in respect to the H1N1 swine flu of 2009, in reality it's really just a matter of time before another worldwide pandemic does kill millions of people around the world. Flu pandemics have happened in the past and they will happen again in the future - the big question is when, which is always followed by – how bad will the next new strain of flu virus be.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Week One Football Scores

The first week of high school football in the Waco area has come and gone. There were some tough games and some surprises as the 2009 high school football season in Central Texas got underway. Regular readers already know that I am a fan of all the local high school football teams, but my heart is always closely following the China Spring Cougars. Listed below are the final scores of the games that were played in the Waco area. Let's all remember that thousands of high school football players work hard and give their best on Friday night with the hope of victory and the desire that lots of people will show up at the games to watch them play.

Friday Night Final Scores:
  • Evant 57 - Holland 48
  • Valley Mills 0 - Tolar 27
  • Mart 14 - Lexington 21
  • Academy 60 - Granger 8
  • Rosebud/Lott 49 - Moody 48
  • Florence 6 - Crawford 48
  • Whitney 14 - McGregor 24
  • West 17 - Lorena 14
  • Brownwood 24 LaVega 7
  • Connally 41 - Marlin 27
  • Robinson 7 - Alvarado 34
  • Mexia 41 - China Spring 21
  • Lorena 14 - West 17
  • University 35 - Carter 27
  • Midway 38 - Vista Ridge 10
  • Copperas Cove 36 - Waco 24
  • Belton 36 - RR McNeil 2
  • Leander 25 - Bryan 21
  • Harker Heights 7 - Westwood 35
  • Cedar Park 29 - Temple 14
  • Corsicana 17 - Jacksonville 28
  • Lampasas 6 - Rockdale 7

Title: Week One Football Scores
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