Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How to Get a Jimmy John's Sandwich in PHX

It started with a simple craving, and a plead for someone to eat a Jimmy John's Pepe for me. This craving turned into a $42+ sandwich.

For some unknown reason, Jimmy John's has not allowed franchises in the Phoenix area yet. Not having a JJ's nearby causes problems for anyone who loves their deliciousness. The yummy warm bread, the sauce, the cucumbers, the...Wait! I digress.

Knowing that someone out in Twitterville would help me out, I put my precious desire in the Twitter gods hands not knowing who would be able to help me out.

Not even 5 minutes later I received this in my inbox:

I knew the Twitter gods would come through!!!

With a little creative thinking, @mhaithaca did some research to see how to best pack the JJ's Pepe sandwich to get it to Phoenix and it still taste amazing. After several IMs and tweets, my JJ's sandwich was in the mail. Now all I could do was wait, wait, and wait.

I'm sure you all think I'm crazy by this point, @mhaithaca sure did, but that didn't stop me.

Around 10am on Wednesday, over 15hrs and 100's of website refreshes later, the FedEx Website said my sandwich had arrived. However, it wasn't at the front desk!! Panic! Did I just pay (well still need to send the check, sorry @mhaithaca. The check's coming!) for a sandwich I will never see?

Where else does FedEd deliver? Student Support Desk! Nope not there either.

The Bookstore?! Yes, it's there. My sweet, delicious sandwich had arrived!! Off to eat it!

However, whoever packaged it wanted me to work for it. Or maybe they wanted to make sure all the wonderful smells were kept inside.

Five + minutes later I finally got the package openned.

More to open?

Okay by this point I'm ready to eat through everything! I guess it's alright. At least nothing was soggy.

No one said "Some Assembly Required!"

Once everything was together it was time to enjoy! And was it good! It has been about 2 months since I had a JJ's. The extra 15+ hours was worth the wait.

Yes, everyone at work thinks I'm crazy for this. However, it goes to show the relationships you build online are priceless. I can gurantee that my family and friends in St. Louis would never have gone through this to get me a sandwich.

Huge thanks again to @mhaithaca! You will be the one I visit if/when I make it to New York!

Rock on,
Lane J


Ginger said...

i was just craving jimmy johns! i love it! you could drive down to tucson next time you have a craving.

insidetimshead said...

The strange, connective nature of the Internet wins again! Just like last weekend when I very much enjoyed the Hostess pudding pies, which don't seem to be available in these parts, a most awesome @jesskry sent.

Xander said...

Me and a buddy are on the road now,driving four hours to the nearest Jimmy Johns. In my mind at this moment, no price is to large for a Big John.

Anonymous said...

Why oh why are there no jimmy johns in the phoenix area?? I used to eat them all the time at work in MI and now I want one so bad. Someone needs to open one here asap, they'd make enough money just off of me alone to make the place successful!!

But I am not willing to pay to have mine shipped :(