Thank you both.
I want people to know that I am not just reprimanding, but I am actually guilty of it myself. (Kinda like being a member of the Hair Club for Men).
There's a local sandwich shop where I live. My friend bragged about how delicious it was and how "natural" everything is on the menu. I didn't want to go, I figured it would be less than standard, and so I put off going for a long time. One day I had been to the gym and wanted some soup, so I decided to give it a try.
It wasn't fancy. The decor was not professionally done, and each table had a different "oil cloth" table covering on it. The walls had strange paintings and the counter and cash register looked like something out of 1970 - and not on purpose. A woman probably in her 50's, greeted me very nicely, and asked if I was ready to order. I was rude to her, as I tried to decipher what was on the "handwritten" menu board above her.
I asked about the soups, in which case she opened 3 or 4 pots for me to inspect. I finally decided on a tomato vegetable chowder. I turned down the "large" bowl, opting for the medium in case it was "gross". Yeah, I said it out loud.
She lifted a lid from the bread bin, offering me a slice of white bread for only 25 cents more. "It comes with 2 slices," she said.
I snapped something to her about my waistline and took only one piece. Then I went over and sat down at table in the corner, out of the way of the other people.
One bite of the soup told me I had been a real jerk. Then I tasted the bread, and reprimanded myself for not taking the second slice. It had been a very long time since I had tasted homemade bread. It was one of the most delicious meals I've had, and one of the least expensive. I slurped my fresh squeezed lemonade and told myself that there was a lesson to be learned here.
The place is called Penny's and it is now a regular lunch spot after my workouts. I am obnoxiously nice to the staff in hopes they will forgive me, and I always drop a few dollars into the community "tip" jar.
I've been so spoiled by commercialism, that I think everything should look like "Starbucks". If someone serves me a meal that isn't cookie cutter perfect looking, I think there's something wrong with it.
And even though this isn't the most flattering of stories...I want people to know that I understand both sides now. And I am very vocal about supporting your local "mom and pop" places, whether it's X-Plane development or a sandwich shop in your neighborhood. Afterall, without them, the world would be a lot less "delicious".