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Burger mod documentation

Burger mod documentation
Originally uploaded by hotdogsladies.

The Tennessee Grill makes the best chargrilled burger in the ‘hood, but I’ve often had trouble phoning-in my lo-carb mods over the busy restaurant’s background noise. At their encouragement, I printed out the exact makings of the burger, including a big empty line where they could write in the price (a very reasonable $5.50). They thought it was a stitch, so they put it up it by the cash register.

So now I get the burger I want, and they have a loyal, happy customer. Everybody wins and we're all a little better than before.

Patronize your local stores and restaurants, kids. They’re a lot more human than The Man--and a lot more likely to try and make your life easier.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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