I had a Twitter account for a little more than a year. My purpose in creating and using the account was to drive traffic to this blog. Except for the two-day surge caused by Bill James’ tweeting the main link to Disaffected Musings, Twitter was an abject failure in generating traffic so for that, and other reasons, I deleted the account late last year.
Most of my tweets were met with utter silence except for one: Chick-fil-A is awesome. Other than that tweet, mine were never liked and/or re-tweeted by more than 3 or 4 people. That tweet had 500 likes and 50 re-tweets.
Growing tired of cold cereal and oatmeal, my wonderful wife and I had breakfast from Chick-fil-A this morning. As always, and even under these circumstances, the employees were very friendly and polite. The food, as always, was delicious. I don’t think it’s a mystery why the company is now #3 in sales in the US among “fast-food” restaurants behind only McDonalds and Starbucks. That’s true even though Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday, more on that later.
The company has been criticized for being less than tolerant of gays and lesbians. More recently, Chick-fil-A has been criticized for “kowtowing” to LGBT groups. For me, as long as the company does not tolerate
Nazi sympathizers, I don’t care about their politics. This is supposed to be a country where people can express their opinions. If you disagree with a company’s stance on an issue, you can stay away from them.
As for being closed on Sunday…when I was young most businesses were closed on Sunday. Even our local A&P grocery store was not open on Sunday. Weirdo that I am, sometimes I would walk to the store on a Sunday (it was very close to where we lived) and look in the window. I loved looking at the darkened store space. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know.
If Chick-fil-A wants to be closed on Sunday, then that is their prerogative. NO ONE has a monopoly on truth, wisdom, good taste or good judgment. Stop thinking that your way is the only way.
Along those lines…I had an interesting email dialogue with Dan from Bring A Trailer. This is my original email, entitled “Don’t Shoot The Messenger.”
Just curious…98%-99% of new vehicles sold in the US have automatic transmissions, but I would estimate 60%-70% of BaT listings have manuals. Why do you think that is? In my opinion, many, but not all, people with a “preference” for a traditional manual transmission are just engaging in signaling that they’re “a real automotive purist” or “a real man.” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Would like to read to the opinion(s) of BaT staffers.
Thanks and be well.
Dan sent a very gracious reply, which read, in part:
Thanks for writing in and that’s certainly an interesting question. I venture that the reason manual transmissions are highly represented on BaT is because that is where the interest of the auto enthusiast audience and market is. Like any marketplace, BaT caters to our users, and our users are often enthusiasts who like manual transmissions more than the average car buyer.
I can’t speak for the rest of the BaT staff, but I personally prefer a manual transmission because I enjoy driving as an activity, and I enjoy the extra engagement with the driving experience that a manual transmission offers. I have no criticism of anyone who prefers an automatic…
Part of my response was this:
Of course, people should be able to drive what they enjoy, as long as it’s available in the marketplace. What people shouldn’t do is to assume that their preference has to be shared by everyone else. I can say that the only unpleasant people I’ve met in my many years in the car hobby are the manual transmission “snobs” who think every “real” car enthusiast has to drive a car so equipped.
As every regular reader knows, I have a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. OK, the obligatory picture:
For model year 2016, Chevrolet built 13,275 Z06 Corvettes. What percentage were equipped with automatic transmissions? I mean this is among the ultimate in American performance cars. Surely, the “real enthusiasts” prefer a manual, right? 76% of these were sold with an automatic transmission. Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for the Corvette, said during an interview shortly after the C8 introduction that the “takeup rate” for automatics has risen to 85% for Corvettes, even for the Z06 and ZR1.
Of course, being part of a majority doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re “right.” Still, I think that, at least in the US market, the traditional manual transmission is already dead on its feet and no one has had the decency to knock it over and to give it a proper burial. (In the third quarter of 2019, 98.9% of new vehicles sold in the US had automatic transmissions.) That’s not to say that I think no one should drive a manual. If that’s what you like, and you can find one, then drive it to your heart’s content. Just don’t assume that everyone else has to agree with you.
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