I spotted a pair of Chick-Fil-A employees standing in the Texas heat, handling the drive-through. I struck up a quick conversation with this one, whose name is Erin.
Despite the heat, Erin was very friendly and enthusiastic as she took orders from the customers. Erin was scheduled to be off today, but this morning the store called her in. The store called in all of its employees who were supposed to be off, to deal with the huge increase in business today.
I asked Erin how today compares with the average Wednesday. She guessed that her Chick-Fil-A was seeing an increase in business by a factor of ten. It has been this heavy all day, and shows no signs of letting up any time soon.And then there's this insight: "People who buck the traffic jams (you should have seen them) just to stand in line for 30 minutes to get a chicken sandwich are people who are going to vote in November."
Update: My son lives in Bradenton, Fla. (where he has just started medical school) and called a little while ago to tell me he went to the single C-F-A in the town to get a shake. It was impossible even to drive into the parking lot. People parked across the street and next door and walked to the store. "The place was crowded beyond crowded," he said.