Saved By My Blackberry

Late Sunday afternoon I was trying to decide what I would eat for dinner. I didn’t really want to go out to a sit down restaurant because that would entail at least showering and I was in a state of mind that just wanted to keep hanging out in the room reading, writing and relaxing after a strenuous week of work.

I really did not want to go to a fast food drive-thru either. I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat healthier (lots of fruits and vegetables this past week…too many I think, if you get my drift) as often as I can.

Across the street from the hotel is a Jason’s Deli. If you’ve never been to one, they offer a healthy fare of food that’s tasty and reasonably priced. I have dined there a few times since arriving in Baton Rouge, but as I said, was not in a frame of mind to sit in a restaurant (by the way, did you know “restaurant” is one of the 100 most misspelled words in the English language?).

Fortunately for me, Jason’s offers customers the ability to place orders for pickup or delivery on their website. Since I was too cheap to spring for the $5 delivery charge when I could easily walk across the street myself, I placed an order for pickup and scheduled it for 6:45pm. In a few moments, I had a confirmation e-mail in my inbox. I love modern technology!

At the appointed time I strolled across to the restaurant and told the young lady behind the counter that I had an order for pickup and my name. I watched her look through orders that were waiting, then walk to the back to look at the orders that were in progress, then ask several people if they knew about my order. She walked back to me and asked when I called it in. I explained that I placed the order online and then pulled out my Blackberry, called up the e-mail confirmation and proudly showed her the screen with my confirmation number highlighted. She then went back to the in-progress area, located my order just as it was being completed, and brought it to me, piping hot.

Saved by my Blackberry.

I took an easy jaunt back to my room and enjoyed a delicious chicken wrap and fresh fruit bowl with unsweetened iced tea while watching “Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut” on DVD.

Have I mentioned that I love modern technology?

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