To Dunkin' or not to Dunkin'; That is the Question

Dunkin’ Donuts, LPs, and health care? What are the connections?

“Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind...”

Well, not to risk upsetting the immortal Bard of Avon any further, I’ll stop. But that’s essentially the question that the Arlington Patch asked last week:

My wife and I are big fans of Dunkin' Donuts. They produce a consistent product—good donuts and good coffee. We each have our favorite—Carolyn, chocolate stick; mine, jelly stick. And with three stores in town, they're fairly accessible.

But occasionally, I just yearn for something different. You know, the old fashioned donut shop—or perhaps I should spell it "doughnut shoppe"!

The kind of place where each donut has a different texture, flavor and shape—where there’s no corporate sameness to the food or the establishment.

And we’re fortunate in Arlington to have one—the Gail Ann Coffee Shop on Medford Street.   

Sometimes, I just want choice. Maybe you do to?

I think it’s like that in lots of areas of life. 

For instance, I’m a big fan of the LP—you remember those black vinyl music disks.  CD came along and most folks quickly adopted the newer medium—a prime example of successful marketing. 

Yet, I’ve found that the LP can often be a more faithful—a more truthful—music carrier than anything that has followed it. Those 12-inch disks hold treasures of naturalness—the sound of real people, singing and playing real instruments, in real places--which CDs often miss. It’s simply the nature of the two formats.

Now please don’t think that I’m anti-CD. I’ve got a ton of them. But I regularly find myself feeling a great sense of relief—there’s no other way to describe it—when after listening to CDs, I put on an LP and unmistakably hear that more lifelike sound. 

And, when friends come over and hear the difference between them, they’re blown away—inevitably preferring the LP even though they invariably assumed the CD would be better.

I find myself asking how often do we make assumptions based on whatever the current prevailing “wisdom” is? And as a result, are we overlooking things, methods, and ideas that are just as valuable, or perhaps even more so? And is the prevalent corporate model really the best for us, our community, or our country?

Health care is a prime example. Western drug and surgery-based medicine is readily available, but do we realize that we have other choices that might be more effective for some, if not all, of our healthcare needs?

And these include spiritual methods of health care which an increasing number of medical researchers are beginning to discover can have significant benefits on our health outcomes, wellness, and helping to stem the upward-spiraling cost of health care.

The choice—whether in donuts, music, or health care—should always be available.

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Kevin King January 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Thanks for prompting me to think. Sometimes I forget that I have choices. I will default to the easiest option, even if that is not what I really want. For instance: I may want a certain food item (lemon flavored olive oil http://tantrolgourmet.com/Lemon-Extra-Virgin-Olive-Oil-100ml-ZDLVO0100.htm). Can't find it in the shops. I order it online. Maybe not quite as easy as picking it up with the rest of my shopping, but only this certain lemon flavored olive oil will do. Once I have had something that just works why would I settle. It is good to always have options that work for each person. I am always looking for better options in general, food is an easy example there are just too many choices and we can only eat one thing at a time. At least my mouth is only so big:)
Elaine G January 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Elaine G I've noticed several articles/posts, including this one, in the Patch that says we have 3 Dunkin Donuts in Arlington, but I count 4. 101 Broadway next to the East Cambridge Savings Bank, 369 Massachusetts Avenue near the old Prose Restaurant, 1234 Massachusetts Avenue near the Heights and 21 Summer Street near Route 3. That is more than enough for one small town. My suggestion would be to have one of them stay open later than 9 PM. I'm not a big fan of their coffee, but I like their breakfast sandwiches and my granddaughters love the munchkin.s
Pedro Oliveira Jr. January 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Elaine: I'll take the blame for this one. I miscounted the number of locations in Arlington, resulting in the "there are only three locations" comment. Perhaps I secretly I wish there were only 3? Thanks for commenting! —Pedro Oliveira Jr. Editor, ArlingtonPatch.com
Ken Girard January 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Hi Elaine, Thanks for the reminder of the 4th Dunkin' Donuts. I keep forgetting about that one, too! I like the suggestion about one staying open later, also. Ken
Ken Girard January 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hi Kevin, Thanks for your thoughts about choices. AND thanks for the link about the olive oil! That may fill a lot of folks' needs! :) Ken


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