Drive-Thru Highs and Lows

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Being a city girl I don’t often have the chance to experience the convenience that is the drive-thru.  About 5 years back a nearby McDonald’s had a walk up window which I LOVED.  Pushing a double stroller into a store, especially those stores that have a second set of doors is basically impossible.  Plus, waiting in line at a fast food restaurant with this ginormous tandem double stroller is a nightmare.  Please, of course I do it, but that walk up window really was a game changer for a while. Sadly it never seems to be staffed anymore.  “My God” you must be thinking, “how much fast food do you eat that this is an issue?”  I don’t eat it a lot, but I do need my fountain soda and I will battle a lunch crowd just for that large sparkling cup of goodness.

This weekend we took a trip out to Long Island. After an hour in the car, it was time for a soda. We pulled into a McDonald’s and got in the drive-thru line. There were about 3 cars in front of us, not too bad.  Finally it was our turn, so my husband (who was driving) lowered the window and ordered me a large Diet Coke. Now first everyone needs to get over the fact that, YES, I did and have done before and will do again, wait on a drive-thru line JUST to get a soda. I admit to it and I own it. Now back to the story. Husband Dear orders and right after is when my good fortune turned.  After thinking about it, the next minute or 2 played out exactly like the 5 stages of grief (please note that I am not dismissing real grief that people experience, I was just really surprised that what happened really did match!)

I hear some kind of garbled noise across the seat and my husband turns to me and tells me they are out of Diet Coke and would I like a Dr. Pepper?

Denial: “What? No? Ask them again?” Husband obliges and I hear the man tell him that there is no Diet Coke and the line is broken. Would I like something else? Unsweetened Iced Tea is close.

Anger: Are you kidding me – unsweetened iced tea is close – no it isn’t! Who told them to say that? Do they not know we’ve been in the car for an hour? That we waited in this line ONLY for a Diet Coke? Why the heck isn’t there a sign on the menu board alerting everyone to the fact that there’s no Diet Coke? What kind of operation are they running here? Ok- I didn’t say those things – I did leaned over my husband so that now I could be speaking directly to the voice box. “How are you out of Diet Coke?!” I yelled.

Bargaining: “Well is it going to be fixed soon? If we wait will it be running soon?” – No.

Depression: I sank back in my seat and we pulled out of the line. Husband offered to stop at the nearest place we saw. I told him not to bother. Whatever. It didn’t matter. I’m not gonna hold us up even longer by trying somewhere else. They probably won’t have Diet Coke either.

Acceptance: Thankfully my family always snaps me back. Kids were singing along to our Disney CDs, we only had a half hour left to our trip, I could manage.  All would be ok – plus I’d have something to write about, right?

We had a great weekend, which included some awesome pumpkin picking. I’ll elaborate on all that another time soon.  On our trip home, I didn’t want to chance it with that horrible McDonald’s, so we pulled into a Burger King after only 20 minutes on the road home.  I know it’s ridiculous, but I was slightly worried…would they not have Diet Coke too?…or worse, would they hand it to me and it be AWFUL?!?!  Thank the powers that be-Burger King did not disappoint.  It wasn’t really a noteworthy soda, but it did the job and I would go there again.  Phew, glad we ended out trip on a good soda note – thanks BK!

BK

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McDonald’s

560 County Rd 111, Manorville, NY

Large Diet Coke with ice, $I wouldn’t know

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Burger King

71 County Road 39, Southampton, NY

Large Diet Coke with ice, $2.29

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If you’re interested, these are the Disney CDs that keep us sane on long drives:

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Seltzer Was the Class Parents’ Choice!

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The results are in on our Sparkling Soda Poll: 75% of NYC Soda Girl’s Readers thought Diet Coke would be the top choice and 25% thought it would be the Stew Leonard’s Lemonade…but the parents at my kids’ school showed us otherwise:

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Vintage Seltzer was the clear winner – with a discarded empty bottle as the proof!

   

According to this article in the Washington Post, my parental peers are on trend 🙂

Thanks to everyone who participated in the poll – it was fun to see the votes come in!

Don’t forget – you have until 10pm EST tonight (9/25/15) to enter NYC Soda Girl’s $25 Panera Bread Giveaway Contest! Click here for details! The winner will be announced tomorrow!

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What Do You Think?

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We made it to 25 Facebook likes!  Thanks everyone!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the official NYC SODA GIRL giveaway contest rules!

Until then…

This week we had a back to school night at my children’s school. Vintage Seltzer, Diet Coke, Stew Leonard’s Sparking Pomegranate Soda & Stew Leonard’s Sparkling Lemonade was served in addition to the “adult beverages”.  Please mark the poll below and tell me which drink you think was the party fave!  I’ll post the results and an “end of party” photo soon!

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