Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Being without my phone for 31 hours wasn't too bad, but it was definitely a challenge! I felt so disconnected to my friends and family. I had to go looking for people when I needed them, instead of just texting them. I know that I am very dependent on my phone; it is how I feel most connected to everyone. When I have my phone I am usually texting people. So without it, I felt almost lonely. But it definitely showed me how dependent on technology I am to keep in touch with people. I usually talk to my mom everyday, so it was really hard to not talk to her for that period of time!
Michael's Phone! (as above, my pic wouldn't upload either! =[ )
Being without my phone was not quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. I'm quite busy, so there have been many times where I have not been able to talk to my family/friends for 31 hours. The most inconvenient part was being unable to call people to schedule rehearsals, time to work on homework, and get information about classes. It caused me to do alot more running around to look at boards and attempt to find people! However, I feel if this assignment lasted for a week it would have been EXTREMELY difficult because I would not be able to contact my family.
Being without my phone for over a day was hardly unmanagable. I barely use my phone as it is and the hardest thing is the fact that I couldn't talk to people back home. I have family and friends that I like to keep in touch with and without my phone it made it difficult to communicate with them. For instance I had to inform my mother before I did this project that I wouldn't be able to call her because she freaks out when I don't talk to her everyday! On campus it was easy to go without my phone because the most I do with my phone on campus is text people to find out were they are. This expirement helped to show me that people are too dependent on there phones because they prefer to text someone or call them rather then walk a few doors down to ask there question or talk to them. It also showed me that people aren't getting as much face to face contact anymore since it is easier for them to sit in there rooms/houses then actually go to see them.
**above new logo: "out with the new"
(8 Photos would not upload - if email is recieved they are number 31 33 35 36 38 40 69 71)
Popularity With Customers:
- IHOP - At the one closest to UNCSA, it is very rare to ever find a line to wait to get in. It is also rare that the restaurant is full of customers. It is a relatively untalked about restaurant that is visited mainly for its convince and late night hours. Few people talk about IHOP as a fine or nice restaurant.
- Mary's of Course! - It is a very busy and popular restaurant. On almost any given Sunday, the wait to get in is at least 45 minutes for a party of 4 or more (unless you are an early bird like us and show up 15 minutes before it opens). Even though IHOP is not far away and has no line, the people at Mary's are willing to wait up to an hour and a half on average to get into the restaurant. Among most Winston Salem going people, it is a well known restaurant and a good place to take a friend on any given morning.
- IHOP - IHOP is a chain restaurant therefore its income includes IHOPs from all over the world. Therefore they make a very large sum of money on a daily basis and can easily expand, build new restaurants, and launch advertisements on a global level to promote their business.
- Mary's of Course! - Mary's makes a good sum of money; however, it is only one restaurant with one income. While Mary's continues to fill her restaurant every Sunday, it is impossible for her to expand and build more restaurants simply because the overall income for the restaurant is not as high.
Care for Customers:
- IHOP - The inside of IHOP is very basic; it is simply a room with some colorful booths and a few prints of paintings hanging upon the wall. The lowest calorie meal on the menu contains 590 calories and the lowest calorie salad contains 1050 calories. They use processed and frozen foods (obviously not organic). The service is very basic and not personal what-so-ever.
- Mary's of Course! - Mary's has hundreds of trinkets decorating her walls, different salt and pepper shakers on each table, a variety of coffee mugs each looking completely different, free coffee while standing in line, real paintings done by local artists, old record covers and stickers on the wall, silly art all over the bathroom walls, and advertisements for local events on the windows. Mary's uses nearly all organic and natural ingredients including 100% juices and all food is prepared fresh from scratch daily (NEVER frozen!). The service is outstanding and very personable, in fact the entire staff knows my name (I go there every Sunday) and asks if I want "the usual" (which I always do). The owner (Mary's) seats customers everyday (except for when she is on vacation) and is very caring and takes care of all customer needs.
Overall: Mary's of Course! is much better!
Not only is it better for your body, the atmosphere, staff, and service are incomparable. Mary's is one of our favorite restaurants. It is an example of how real customer care can outweigh any chain any day of the week. If you haven't been to Mary's, you should definitely start now!