March 17, 2006 - On Chickens and Time Travel
Do you believe in time travel? I'm guessing that the folks at Boston Market do.
I received a coupon book from them today which touts that I can "Save over $50" with
the treasures that lie inside. There's only one caveat... I need to befriend Marty McFly
in order to use most of it.
The coupon book contains seven pages, each page containing three coupons. Sounds good! Unfortunately, one coupon on each page expires (or rather, expired) on February 12, 2006. Another coupon per page
expires/d on March 12, 2006. And the third coupon per page expires on April 9, 2006 (why not April 12, I wonder?)
So, I'm left with one-third of a $50 coupon book which I need to use within the next two weeks. I can only hope that I get
a sudden, massive, sustained craving for chicken sometime very soon.
On the bright side, I'm guessing that time travel is probably pretty fast compared to what we have today. The "letter" that Boston Market sent over with the coupon book was nothing more than a blank sheet of their letterhead — no words whatsoever.
Maybe they figure that I won't have to time to read anything as I rush to use my soon-to-expire coupons. Or maybe
time travel is just that fast. I just hope I don't run into any delays on my trip back to February, or I'll have to resort to reading the in-flight
magazine for a few seconds...
Remember, too, that the letter to Boston Market bounced back a few times due to having the wrong address. This just goes to show you that persistence does pay off — sort of.
||Four cans of compressed air
||One jar of Carmex
||19 burgers, 2 breakfast sandwiches, 2 orders of Chicken Rings
||One free tube of Airborne
||Two 50-cent coupons
||One free ($3 max.) Skintimate coupon
|Church & Dwight
||Two $1 Arm & Hammer coupons
||Three 50-cent Purell coupons
||Pepsi pen, pencil, stickers, and gift catalog
||Free samples of gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash
||Free stick of Burt's Bees
||Book of five $1 gift checks
||Pasta, tea, soymilk
|Chicken of the Sea
||Two $2 coupons, one 25-cent coupon
|Gatorade (aka Pepsi)
||Three 60-cent coupons for Propel
||Two coupons for Nestle candy
|Max and Erma's
||A hat and travel cup
||Three $1 gift certificates
||Five coupons for dog snacks
||Three sample teabags, three coupons
||33% of $50 coupon book