The Next Big Thing

Hunt & Peck Parable #16 of 31

aleXander hirka
3 min readJan 22, 2019


We’re sitting next to the window of the coffee shop. Being unemployed, we’re throwing preposterous restaurant business ploys at each other, while being interrupted regularly by the sights and sounds of the parade passing at the intersection.

Memorial Day is a big event in this small town. For lack of a large bounty of participants and floats there are always numerous fire trucks from neighboring towns and proud farmers riding their freshly polished tractors.

Let’s focus on building a cult following, she said; her remark punctuated by a fire engine roar. It’s worked for so many food establishments. We just need our own strategy. The guy at my marketing class last week called it a kink — we need our own kink. Branding. Find, or better yet create, our own tribe. New friends, new enemies, new trends! Keep ’em engaged. If bubble tea emporiums can flourish . . .

Only slightly a non sequitur, I replied, pointing at the pageantry outside, but people are always willing to follow, and do it with pomp. Men, women — it’s a thing humans do. So many sticks, so many carrots. You gotta sell them on feeling that they made the choice. Sprinkle some glory on people and their puppet strings are all yours to manipulate. Works in every country in every language. Speaking of which, let’s plan ahead for international franchises.

A group of older men, jackets ablaze with colorful medals, walk along with a large banner. Behind them the perennial favorite for the kids watching, a Sherman tank growls along down the street. The rest of the year it just sits motionless by the VFW hall; although a couple years ago it had a vacation halfway across the country for a battle reenactment.

She’s on a roll: Burger joints flourished with the grass-fed kink. Salad joints — the create-your-own gimmick. Get the consumer to feel like a participant. Heck — one chain’s success kink is they grill their burger buns!

You’re right, I reply, but I’d also suggest a twist of oddball concept on top, like a grind of pepper. The economy and entrepreneur climate is way beyond the Coke/Pepsi thing these days and if we’re planning to be vastly overpaid CEOs someday . . .

Exactly — she fires back excitedly — fried fruits can be a sensation! Hell, we could even have the very first drive-through Fried…



aleXander hirka

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe.