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Old 02-03-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
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Free Denny's Breakfast w/ Pics and Vids

Had to take advantage of the Denny's free grand slam breakfast today. Denny's had a superbowl ad in which they announced a free breakfast for anyone today between 6 AM and 2 PM.

If we drove, it wouldn't be free, so we rode our bikes to the nearest Denny's (20 miles away).

The weather was perfect and it wasn't too cold.




We waited in the long line with all the other tightwads, but it only took 15 minutes.



We sat down at noon, and we got the very last two Grand Slam breakfasts! They ran out after serving us.

Here they are, 795 calories each:



I expected a riot when they ran out, but people remained calm.



Rain checks were distributed.

The weather was quite summery most of the way back (60 degrees). I wanted to nap, but Lena vetoed that.



Finally, here are some videos, taken on the way home, for your viewing pleasure:





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Old 02-03-2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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Nice photos, Al. Now I'm hungry for pancakes. I saw the CEO on CNN? and he said weekday grand slams are $4 til 4:00 pm, not a bad price if one must pay
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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I haven't seen any numbers on what this promotion cost Denny's but they're getting a lot of press about it. I've seen both national and local news clips - and our very own "Spandex Guy" is covering it for E-R.org!

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Media outlets reported customers lined up outside the doors of many of Denny's 1,500 locations.

Some patrons were still wearing their pajamas and slippers...
Al, they didn't confuse your biking togs for PJ's did they?
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Only thing better looking than that breakfast is that coastline. Sure is pretty up there. San Diego is so built out, you look at houses right up to the water line everywhere you go.
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Heck that's nothing. I got together with 40,000 of my closest friends and had a great free breakfast on Friday morning.



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Promoters say this year's Cowboy Breakfast was a roaring success with an impressive attendance, despite temperatures dipping into the 20s, reaching just below 40 degrees at the end of the event.
“Oh, I'd have to guess at least 40,000 people were here because we went through all of the food that we had,” said Bert Mazoc, vice chair, Cowboy Breakfast Association.
Cowboy Breakfast draws crowd
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I have a hard time passing up free food but at a cost of $7 in gas to drive to the nearest Denny's and back it wasn't even close to free so no Grand Slam for me. Not all of us can bike in early february. It was below 0 with the wind chill in the morning.
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Al: I don't see any locks on those bikes. You don't leave them unattended and unlocked do you?
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Wanted to go cause we saw it on CNBC, but wasn't mentioned on local T.V. Saw on local newspaper blog that there were big lines before 6am. We also got 4 inches of snow from 7am to noon, and I don't go anywhere until after the drive is shoveled cause I hate shoveling stuff that's been mashed down.
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All I know is that looking at some of those lines, a lot of people value their time a lot less than I do.
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Al: I don't see any locks on those bikes. You don't leave them unattended and unlocked do you?
No, I carry a U-Lock in my back jersey pocket and DW carries a cable in her's. Here are the bikes locked outside of Denny's:


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Man, you keep your rims nice and clean, as compared to that bike parked next to your bikes.
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Al--forgot to ask, how much did you tip??
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Was it really free? 40 miles biking, you probably burnt all 795 calories and then some, right? So you actually had to eat extra food to fuel your trip to Denny's.

This is a pretty awesome feat of frugality I must say. Not cheap, just frugal.
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We tipped as if the breakfast cost the regular amount; we left a $2 tip.
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How long did it take to bike 20 miles?
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Hmm. What's the cost of the gym membership T-Al & wife are saving? Reduced medical expense due to superior physical condition?
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Additional funds required to fund the extension in longevity due to healthier living? But then we have to discount that by the benefits of higher quality of life and better health while still alive.

I propose we hire a management consultant to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to see how much this "free" breakfast really cost.

Or just call it $2 and save a few thousand in consultant fees.
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How long did it take to bike 20 miles?
It took us 90 minutes.
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More free publicity for Denny's. And you got fed in the process.
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I can't imagine biking 20 miles and here I was feeling good that I finally walked 2 miles tonight. There is not a Denny's around here and I am certainly not going to be biking in this weather. It is 19 degrees out. We are supposed to warm up to a high of 39 tomorrow and in the 50's this weekend. WooHoo, I can't wait! You have some gorgeous scenery where you live.
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