The Most Beautiful McDonald In America

And do you want fries with that?
Last week, I was out in Long Island scouting around Jericho Turnpike, which, if youve never had the pleasure of driving, is one of those hellish, strip mall-lined highways with traffic lights that are perfectly synchronized to make your travel time as long as possible.
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As I was driving, I happened to notice a McDonalds sign up ahead. Nothing too special about that, except where the McDonalds should have been, there seemed to be a big white mansion. Maybe it was around back or something?
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And then I realized
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The mansion was the McDonalds.
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Holy. Crap.
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This 100+ year old Georgian mansion is indeed a McDonalds, and while well known to locals, it totally caught me by surprise. I practically expected a maitre d to greet me as I went inside.
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Known as the Denton House, its bones date back to 1795, when it was constructed as a farm house by one Joseph Denton, a descendent of the founder of the village of Hempstead . In 1860, it was given a Georgian makeover, complete with gingerbread ornamentation, and throughout the 1900s, found commercial use as a funeral home and a series of restaurants.
By 1986, it was abandoned and on the verge of falling down.
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McDonalds purchased the property with the intention of tearing it down and replacing it with a standard McDonalds restaurant. Thank God for the citizens of the New Hyde Park , who worked to secure landmark status for the building in 1987.
McDonalds had no choice but to restore the property and work within the parameters of the landmarks commission, which ultimately resulted in their most beautiful restaurant in America (if you know of a better example, please let me know).
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It was decided to restore the property to its 1926 appearance, based on an old photograph. Opened in the early 1990, the house remains in fantastic shape to this day.
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One of the mansions most striking aspects is its beautiful glassed-in veranda
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which offers a pretty unique McDonalds eating experience (how cool would it be if it was actually open, or covered by screens?).
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But the details continue around on its eastern side
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from its shuttered windows and brick chimneys to its eaves dripping with gingerbread ornamentation:
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The western half is equally stately
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though, ER, methinks the drive-through might not be original to the Denton farmhouse:
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But had someone showed me this picture, I would have NEVER guessed it was a McDonalds.
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Unfortunately, the inside has been totally gutted and redone without much inspiration.
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Still, it is far more unique than your typical McDonalds, with a grand staircase leading to an upstairs dining area.
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Also, theres something fascinating about being in an enormous open-air mansion, and I definitely appreciate how the roof has been revealed.
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Almost as an afterthought, the small ordering area is nestled to one side:
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I love the New Hyde Park McDonalds.

The Tax System Explained in Beer

THE ONE THING POLITICIANS DON’T UNDERSTAND

“PLACEMENT OF THE HUMAN FACTOR IN GOVERNMENT”

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

 

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing

The fifth would pay $1

The sixth would pay $3

The seventh would pay $7

The eighth would pay $12

The ninth would pay $18

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59

So, that’s what they decided to do.  The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20”. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

 

Bow Hunting

BOW HUNTING

In NC, Sunday hunting was legalized last year for archery only.
I did all my prep-work…..
I scouted the area all summer…..
I searched out the best location for my tree-stand…..
I set it all up a month ahead of time…..
I trailed the herd…..
I picked out a trophy…..
Two days before opening day I rechecked every aspect of the hunt…..
Everything was in place…..
Sunday morning I woke up at 2 a.m. …..
I put on my camo, loaded my pack, set out for my stand…..
This was destined to be an epic hunt….
As I approached my deer stand….. 
            I changed my mind, decided to go to church instead.