This is very exciting. The previous Metro Delivery record, standing since at least 2005, for consumption of Paczki in a single shift has been broken, by our own resident superhero, J.P. who now holds the official Metro Delivery title: MASTER of PACZKI.
Additionally, this year marks what we believe to be the speed record for eating a Paczek.
Christian was observed to completely consume and swallow an entire custard-filled deep-fried Manchester Bakery Paczek in 46.6 seconds, as timed by Dale with multiple witnesses. Without the aid of water or liquids whatsoever. It was an awesome sight to behold, and one that many of us will hold in our memories until the day we die.
Apart from individual standouts, the entire Metro Delivery Team performed admirably, with tremendous resolve and dedication.
Yesterday we started the day with 112 Paczki, and by 6:30 AM today we were reduced to merely approximately 7.67 remaining, as shown, for several employees who may choose to celebrate a Fat Wednesday.
Metro Delivery is, like every year, amazed and most impressed with the performance of all of our skilled employees in these Extreme Paczki Challenges. We look forward to Fat Tuesday 2015 (2/17/2015), and would remind all employees that it’s never too soon to start training for next year.
Nie mówię po polsku!
Yes, it’s Michigan, and it’s Fat Tuesday, and while at warmer latitudes that means a giant bacchanal with wine and dancing and music, here in Michigan it means just this: PACZKI.
This year, we’re offering our staff Paczki Varietals, so that we can feel like they’re having different food groups at each meal.
From left to right in the picture below, you see 1. Paczki from Dom’s Bakery in Ypsilanti, 2. from Copernicus European Deli, in the South Main Market in Ann Arbor who get them shipped in from a Canadian Polish Bakery overnight, including authentic “rose” and “plum/prune” flavors, and 3. the powdered- sugar-coated ones on the right are via Washtenaw Dairy, made by the Manchester Bakery.
…honestly, we can’t say that our Couriers run their fastest on Fat Tuesdays.
Late last fall as it was starting to get colder, especially at night, she started coming round in the evening looking for food or warmth, something. One of our drivers, Bob Bazzell, took pity on her and started bringing in cat food so he could feed her before getting on the road.
Next thing you knew, we had an official Office Cat. She was in bad shape back then, so emaciated her backbone felt like the edge of a table knife, her coat worse to the touch than it looked and it looked pretty bad. The vet said starved as she was, she’d lost the strength to keep herself clean.
We thought she was a kitten, six or eight months old we guessed. Surprise, vet said ten years old. That was shocking and kind of dismaying. She had a flea collar, too small it was digging into her neck, and she’d obviously been around people so she wasn’t feral.
Did she get lost or did somebody just put such an old cat out? We put her picture up on the Found Cats section at the Humane Society, but nobody ever claimed her. And nobody had reported her missing. The name we gave her came from having “no name,” which is what the vet first put on her medical records.
But her favorite person, Jessica Nowling, calls her Kitty Meow Meow. She sleeps (a lot) under Jessica’s desk and ventures forth as she will. She always has a full food bowl and all the attention she deems desirable. She is an inside cat who knows what outside is and wants no more of it.
Bob says he’s sure she still remembers he was the one who brought her in. She is plump now pleasingly so and her coat is all clean and shiny and nice to touch. She rules with an iron paw, queen of all she surveys. We all have a new boss now.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has decided that public safety would not be enhanced by allowing corrosive and flammable materials to be transported over the Ambassador Bridge.
Hazmat loads are currently carried across the Detroit River by a ferry, 30 to 50 loads a day.
We hear that the Great Lakes are 62% iced over so far. This is fantastic news for us, as soon we’ll be able to drive straight across the lakes and avoid the toll roads, bridges and tunnels.
Satellite picture from Space Science And Engineering Center- University of Wisconsin – Madison
Because of shortages in heating fuel, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has waived hours of service rules for propane trucks.
Basic Federal Hours of Service essentially dictate that drivers of large trucks or commercial drivers going long distances can’t drive more than 11 hours without a 10 hour break to rest. These rules are frequently, willfully disobeyed by thousands of companies across the U.S. to keep profit margins high and worker payout low.
The rules exist, obviously, to protect public safety. Have you ever driven in traffic for nine or ten hours straight? Were you operating at top capacity in the ninth hour?
For crucial deliveries that can’t wait for breaks, alternatives do exist; you can have team drivers with a sleeper berth in the truck, so one driver can sleep while another drives. You can relay drivers by having them stationed 10 hours apart. Those alternatives, however, do give you a higher cost for workers.
Here at Metro Delivery, when we see that we have a long distance delivery, and the driver isn’t going to be able to make it back to Metro safely in one shift, we do generally build in a charge that allows us to get the driver a motel for the night and a stipend for meals. That loses us some potential clients who are looking for the cheapest possible delivery, but that’s never been our niche in the market anyway; our niche is doing crucial deliveries correctly and safely.
Strangely, considering National unemployment statistics, the argument is made that there just plain aren’t enough drivers to cover the business in an emergency situation like this, and so we have no choice but to allow drivers of propane trucks to drive nineteen hour days on the same icy, windy, snowy roads you drive to get your kids to school. This is not a good argument. If there are worker shortages, more workers need to be found and trained- and employed. Yes, there’s a cost for that. There could be costs to this suspension of rules, too-
Now that it’s a balmy, tropical 19 degrees outside, we’re all lounging around in our swimsuits here at Metro. Last week’s “Polar Vortex” was some of the most punishing weather that we’ve ever experienced here in the frozen North, with Detroit at the lowest temperature ever recorded (since 1870 when they started keeping records). It was negative 14 degrees on January 6 and 7, and let’s not discuss “wind chill” because it just makes us feel like we have a really bad latitude.
Also, Snow. Drifting up to four feet in some areas. Look at the back door into our building on Monday. That’s a fine welcome to work:
…As a Courier company specializing in medical specimen delivery, we don’t have the option of huddling at home in a tub of cocoa like we’d like to.
If we don’t make our rounds, people could have serious health repercussions. So we all showed up. and slogged on through, even though some of the diesel engines went into hibernation:
…The Metro Team did FANTASTIC work during these extreme conditions. Everybody pulled together and made it through, despite the kind of adversity that reduces lesser humans to weepy puddles of nervous mush. We’re a lucky, lucky company to have such dedicated, terrific coworkers.
The below email was forwarded to us, because the con artists, who appear to be fishing for suckers to run a classic “Advance Fee” scam, are using our website address as part of the text of their pitch, which breathless text employs a stream of consciousness punctuation scheme unusual in business correspondence.
Note to public: Please be aware that the real Metro Delivery is not holding your luggages. We’re a same day delivery company in Southeast Michigan, and if we had your luggages we’d've already delivered them.
METRO TRAVELS DELIVERY
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P.O. Box 87772 ,Houghton 2041 South Africa
Phone: (+27) 746676900
Greetings from Metro Delivery Company.
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Farewell, Vehicle 141, and we’re sorry, Mr. Deer, and we hope the 2 guys who threw you in their trunk appreciated your contribution to sustainably harvested local cuisine.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: BEWARE THE DEER
Another thing to keep in mind is that deer travel in GANGS.
Don’t be distracted watching that one in the field up ahead that just ran across the road, LOOK OUT FOR HIS POSSE BECAUSE THEY’RE POISED TO ATTACK FROM THE SHRUBBERIES.
There were nearly 50,000 vehicle-deer crashes in Michigan in 2012. Only one human was killed in Michigan, but nobody seems to count the deer fatalities. Harsh.
The below recent incident, we can attest, resulted in no human injury except for minor psychological scarring, but today the world is one deer and one Ford Transit less. (Thanks for the photo, Dale!)
So every once in a while we get to visit them, talk over technical issues, and see what life is like in a FOREIGN COUNTRY. It’s a strange and wonderful place, Canada.
to tell you the truth, the Tunnel to Windsor makes us feel a little claustrophobic.
The first thing we notice is the complete lack of potholes. The second thing we notice are literally thousands of giant wind turbines. It’s very futuristic.
We stopped for lunch, and they gave us a nourishing dish called “Poutine,” consisting of cheese curds and gravy served over french fries. We got a version with pulled pork, but with the mayo on the side so that it’d be low-calorie.
in Mississauga, we found a couple of buildings that had just eaten Poutine for lunch.
We had our meetings, and the following morning found ourselves on the shores of Lake Ontario, which is one of the few Great Lakes we don’t see here in Michigan. Look, is that a Canada Goose Crossing sign?
ARE THOSE ACTUAL CANADA GEESE? How Exotic !
For breakfast we had Eggs Benedict, made with peameal Bacon. Our cardiologist is glad we don’t go to Canada more often.
On the way back, we took the Ambassador Bridge back into Detroit. Home at last. Immediately, we hit a pothole.