Each autumn, the fun-filled agromusement farm excites and educates area adventurers with a man-made maze of corn. This year's living labyrinth is more than just a shining example of Borgesian agriculture. It’s also a cowboy-themed adventure park that lines its pathways with puzzles, Wild West trivia and symbols, subtle picture rubbings, and a secret word that must be deciphered to achieve total conquest of your corn quest. The maze is long, and typically takes one to four hours to complete if attempted in a single run. Maps and game-sheets are available to help children and childlike explorers navigate the treacherous dirt trails, as is a full brigade of “corn cops” that nobly rescue the hopelessly lost, Chester Copperpot, and group stragglers. Each visitor is given two cell phone numbers to call for immediate rescue or directions, if necessary. Temporary exits are strewn throughout the maze, allowing tired travelers to pause for nourishment or take a break from watching David Bowie juggle orbs.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car?it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube?s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians? quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Honky Tonk BQ and Pub's interior is that of a blues-and-jazz club: dark purples adorn the walls, and chairs and tables gather around a small stage. However, while a schedule of live music propagates blues, jazz, acoustic guitar, and honky-tonk-edged rock, the menu and its presentation suggest homage to true country barbecue. Paper plates are the chariots on which platters of pulled pork, beef, turkey, and hotlinks appear, their flavors eschewing fancy decorative flatware, hammers, and chisels. Patrons will use plastic forks and paper napkins as they dig into the delectable barbecue, complete with sides of mac ‘n’ cheese, potato salad, or coleslaw. The restaurant also offers a selection of beer, wine coolers, and sodas.
The quick-serving cooks at Spangles engage appetites in a '50s-themed dining environment, having recently bolstered the menu with a saucy taste of the Far East—Wok 'n' Roll Bowls, which come in three flavors ($4.49 each). The sweet chicken teriyaki and sirloin steak spoon with stir-fried carrots and broccoli on a bed of steamed white rice, and diners longing for legumes can sink their teeth careening into the spicy kung pao chicken bowl crowned with peanuts. Keep thirsty mouths from imbibing ketchup packets by dangling a pair of 32-ounce soft drinks in front of them ($1.69 each). Ten varieties are available, such as tropical punch, green-peach tea, Pepsi, and root beer.