Coming home from Breckenridge this weekend, I stopped in at the A&W in Frisco, conveniently located near the entrance ramp to I-70. Though I was sure the ride back to Denver would not be as hellish as the ride up -- through a blitzkrieg of Fourth of July traffic -- I thought a root-beer float would make the jaunt back to the city much more tolerable. I would sip my frothy drink, avoid the creepy glares of lonely truckers and hit D-town just in time for happy hour. Yes, a root-beer float would be fine.
But according to this A&W, a root-beer float would not only be fine, it’d be divine. Check out the signage proudly weathering the mountain wind: “God so loved the world he gave us Jesus! Isaiah 53/John 3. Ice Cream Chili Fish Curds.”
I knew that god loved the world enough to give us Jesus, but I didn’t have any idea that part of that love included a gift-basket full of ice cream, chili, fish and curds! He truly is an all-loving god! A gracious, benevolent god! I dipped into the A&W and tried to order a root-beer float with a side of Jesus, but the surly teen working the register failed to grasp my wit. I also fought the urge to order curds -- I had no idea what they were, but figured that at some point, I should sample all of god’s gifts. Instead, I just sipped my float as I contemplated the huge sacrifice the son of god had made so that I could enjoy this moment.
Later, I learned that this particular A&W is franchised by Messianic Jews – Jews for Jesus, essentially – and these owners had butted heads with corporate several years back over the religious messages broadcast thirty feet above their fast-food joint with lawsuits threatened, the whole nine. Apparently cooler heads have prevailed, though, because the religion messages are back and can’t miss up in Frisco.
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During this same extensive research, I also discovered that curds apparently involve cheese. Which god may or may not have given us. I’ll defer to the good folks at the Frisco A&W on that one. -- Adam Cayton-Holland