Bye-Bye Dunkin’ Donuts

Yesterday, I had intended to take a drive in my Z06 as the stucco repairs have made it impossible to do so. (The crew truck(s) blocks the garage.) The stucco crew was not supposed to work yesterday.

Part of my drive was supposed to include a quick stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts shop (yes, I know they are rebranding as Dunkin’) at which I have stopped so many times in the last 10 years. I was going to stop for a coffee and two donuts, one each for my wonderful wife and me, and not for a “full” breakfast like I usually do. I was also going to give a parting gift (a little money) to the woman who has served me 99% of the time I go there and to the man who almost always helps her. (I think they are part of the family that owns the franchise.)

As always, I was greeted warmly and before I ordered I said that this would probably be the last time I would be in the store and handed the woman her gift. She began to cry. I was surprised and touched.

She gave me six donuts instead of two as well as a number of egg and cheese wraps, which is what we almost always order for breakfast. Everything was on the house.

I don’t know the names of the people who have served me so many times and they don’t know my name. Frankly, sometimes I have a difficult time understanding them as English is not their first language. Still, it is a place in which I have felt welcome for a long time.

We will not be Dunkin’ regulars after we move due, in large part, to lack of proximity. The nearest Dunkin’ is almost 10 miles from our new house; the store we have frequented is just a mile and a half away.

I just wanted to share that story. I will miss the Dunkin’ Donuts store and the people who have so graciously served me for so long. From sandiegoville an appropriate picture:


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Technically, this is not a Frugal Friday post. Still, I thought I’d show an inexpensive car. From and Jim Trenary Chevrolet a picture of a car like one currently offered on AutoTrader, a red 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS:


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The AutoTrader car has about 58,000 miles and is in Red over Ebony. We will not buy a car with a black interior, which would be way too hot too much of the time in the desert. Still, for an asking price of $9,990 that’s not a lot of money for a good-looking car with a 300+ HP/300+ LB-FT engine, even though it’s above the Kelley Blue Book® value range.

I am hesitant to write this, but I think that four-door cars are out of consideration as grocery car/taxi after we move. We simply will not need a car to function as a taxi more than a handful of times a year, but will need “grocery functionality” far more often. Why not shop for groceries in a good-looking car with some performance? A car like this or a Cadillac Eldorado also pays homage to a defunct model with a storied history.






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