I sit in my car at a McDonald’s restaurant drive-thru.
A voice comes on the intercom.
“May I take your order,” the voice says.
“I’d like a chocolate shake.”
There is a short pause the intercom comes to life.
I pull up to the drive-through window. I see a woman inside, making my milkshake.
She wears a nametag.
Her name is Carmen.
She opens the window of the drive-thru and hands me the shake.
“You’re eligible for a free CD,” she says.
“It’s the opera ‘Carmen’,” she replies.
“Sure,” I say. “That would be fine.”
I drive my truck around to the front of the restaurant. I shut off the engine, grab my milkshake and get out of the truck.
I open the doors of the restaurant and go inside.
I sit down at a table and begin sipping my milkshake through the straw.
A UPS van drives up outside the restaurant. The driver gets out and walks inside with a package.
He comes to the table and hands me the package. As he walks away, I open it.
The envelope contains a CD of the opera ‘Carmen’.
A fancy certificate falls out of the envelope.
The certificate reads, “Order a hamburger from Bertha and get Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, absolutely free.”
I’m not in the mood for a hamburger.
Then I woke up.
Monday, December 17, 2001
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