Thanks to last week's adventure, we will be eating for free at Chick-fil-a for quite some time. Want to know a bit about our 26 hours in the parking lot?
This is my third CFA camp out.
Jason and Janey's first.
The other two I attended, we all arrived after lunch and they didn't reach 100 until much after 4 p.m. Now that has changed. We arrived at 5 a.m. Along with nearly 100 other people.
When 6 a.m. rolled around the numbers were nearing 150.
Each person there got a raffle ticket.
It is the new way to ensure fairness and prevent chaos.
Jason got picked third.
One by one, each person in our group was picked.
Ticket by ticket I waited with a big L on my forehead.
Until ticket number 75.
I was in!
The sun was rising... the day began.
EZ ups were placed, tables and chairs came out, tents were piled in.
At 7 a.m. we were no longer allowed to leave the flagged in area.
All day long people driving by stopped to ask us what was going on.
At first we told them the real reason.
Then after answering the same question 500 times we got wacky and started making up stories.
Some of them were funny (to us at least):
-Harry Potter 7 is opening.
-Robert Pattinson is signing autographs.
-Star Wars 8 is opening.
-We are from PETA and we are protesting.
-We lost our homes (To which a lady stared at me horrified. She totally believed it. That was awkward.)
Over 100 degrees
Janey has inherited my disdain for heat.
My super easy, happy baby was ANGRY!
We took little A/C breaks in the bathroom.
Perhaps a bit crazy...
but I need me some A/C
and if I have to stand in a fast food restaurant to get it, so be it.
The next opening better be in winter.
He was amazing and encouraging.
If you don't like chicken or fast food, you have to appreciate the values that CFA has founded its business upon.
By far the best customer service any place as far as I am concerned,
they support their local communities in so many ways,
the list goes on and on...
Rick Warren was there as his guest.
They had a DJ and games well into the night,
fed us all of our meals and even treated everyone to an Icedream bar after dinner.
Jason won a CFA beach towel. Rad.
After midnight it got quiet and we retired to our tent under the brightest spotlight in the world.
Janey tried to keep the party going.
It was a looooong night.
He bugled that wake up song...
We staggered out of our tents and lined up awaiting our prizes.
Everyone put on their CFA hats and shirts and one by one walked through the restaurant to get our 52 value meal cards. (One a week for a year... free chicken for a year!)
All of the employees were banging pots and pans and cheering.
It was hilarious.
Then we packed up as the sun was rising, chatting about when we can do it again.
Yes, we are super crazy. Crazy for chicken. Or for a break from our lives. Even if that break involves baking in a parking lot all day.
But, if chicken and camp outs aren't your thing, and you are still hungry, why not snack on this little bit of scrumptious.
Janey got to spend some time in front of the magical camera of DrewB.
It was better than a year of free food.
She is edible,
as well as a fun parking lot camping companion,
even if she whined about the heat and can't eat chicken yet.