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Friday Catchall: Fast food and Miller Valley School like chocolates?

A burger and fries from a fast-food restaurant ... or is this a photo from an advertisement? Do the meals you buy look like the picture in the ad?

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A burger and fries from a fast-food restaurant ... or is this a photo from an advertisement? Do the meals you buy look like the picture in the ad?

The Friday Catchall:

• FAST FOOD – To paraphrase Forrest Gump: you never know what you’re gonna get.

Twice in the past two weeks, I bought food to go at local fast-food restaurants – and discovered at home what was in the bag was not what I ordered.

Disappointed, yes; surprised, not really.

First, the pictures they have at the drive-through windows do NOT look like what you receive. They just don’t. The sandwiches aren’t that big nor is the lettuce, for example, that wavy or fresh looking.

Also, the fact that I ordered two combos one night and received only one cup of fries … well, they must be my new diet monitor without me knowing it. (The two combos were not both for me!)

Add in that some teenagers, who are common-age employees at these places, do not seem to care as much as others might. I shouldn’t be so hard on the kids working there, I suppose. One of them actually counted back change to me the other night without help of the register!

And, the restaurants are “fast food” – it is up to you to pull over and check your order.

(By the way, my resolution to lose weight this year is still going well, with 6.2 pounds lost in the first month.)

• GONE – After the shock wore off from (not) seeing Miller Valley School, err … that it was missing … last month, on Thursday we updated you on the Washington School renovations.

Yes, they tore down Miller Valley. (We did vote to let the Prescott school board sell it, and knew this was a possibility.) Still, most people I have spoken with about it expressed the same two thoughts: “They should have warned us,” and “What about Washington?”

As for the warning, I’m told the district was taken by surprise too; however, it was a decision by the new owners. And, again, like Forrest, life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get!

For Washington, the oldest continuous school in the state, it is good to see the old gal will see life for a long time to come, with the preschool being there and the district offices moving there soon.

(Editor's note - I have updated this column to reflect that Washington was the “oldest continuous.” Many “buildings” exist that were used as schools and are older. As for oldest in PUSD, Lincoln school predates Miller Valley by seven years - 1909 versus 1916, respectively.)

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Firefighters battle a blaze on Whiskey Row in Prescott Tuesday evening, May 8, 2012. (Matt Hinshaw/Courier)

My family and I were reminiscing the other night at what used to be on a certain corner years ago, or how Pioneer Parkway and Highway 89A previously were fields, how a car dealership formerly was on the lot where a building now towers downtown on Willis, how Whiskey Row previously was solid buildings, … even our own street in Williamson Valley used to run through a field but now turns to a 90-degree angle, among other memories.

Sounds like a fun feature the Courier could do! Please send me your suggestions, old photos and ideas at twieds@prescottaz.com.

• QUOTE – “A society that does not correctly interpret and appreciate its past cannot understand its present fortunes and adversities, and can be caught unawares in a fast-changing world.” – Ibrahim Babangida, Nigerian statesman.

• PICK OF THE WEEK(Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): Prescott FlyFishers and Trout Unlimited monthly meeting, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Lamb Chevrolet, 400 Prescott Lakes Parkway. 928-499-2434. Reminds me of my brother teaching me to fly fish on the “gold medal” waters of Colorado’s Frying Pan River. Fun stuff and great memories!

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or twieds@prescottaz.com.