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Words of vacation wisdom

April 25, 2008

The IT family has returned from spring break.  We visited my dad and stepmother in Texas, spending time in both Houston and San Antonio.  While it seemed at times like the entire vacation was being spent in a mini-van, that wasn’t really the case.  We hit Kemah, the Riverwalk in San Antonio, SeaWorld, and a whole lot of food.   We even had the classic QAP moment of walking through a crowd at Market Square celebrating fiesta with a baby stroller in tow.   Reminded me of my prior scorn of parents strolling around Bourbon Street with toddlers and infants.  “What the hell is wrong with those people?” I would say to myself.  Hmm.  What goes around, comes around, they always say.

Spending time with my dad brought a whole lot of wisdom with it.  For instance, I bring to you some classic bon mots…

“You can’t trust a Mexican restaurant unless it’s open for breakfast.”

“There’s no such thing as bad bacon.”

Or what about this classic exchange?

Dad: “I’m having a buzzard attack!”

Me: “Something on the windshield?”

Mr IT: “No, he’s talking about BLIZZARDS.  He wants to go to Dairy Queen.”

Me: “Where in the world are we going to find a DQ?”

Dad: “The next exit.  This is Texas.  Every town in Texas has a DQ.  It’s like the law or something.”

He was right.  The next exit, Flatonia TX, had a DQ.  So we stopped.  I had some horribly huge waffle bowl sundae (what was I thinking?) and the kids had small dishes of vanilla.  Mr. IT tried to order a chocolate cone, which was met with a “we don’t sell chocolate” response.  Stunned, he just stood there for a while, and eventually ordered a turtle blizzard.  Dad said that he’s never seen a Dairy Queen that sells chocolate soft serve, while Mr IT insisted he ordered it in Stamford, CT, which is the only DQ I know of near us.  This led to some spirited discussions and the desperate use of brainpower that could have been occupied elsewhere to figure out who was right.  Thanks to Sarabakescakes, via Twitter, we discovered they were both right, in a way

11. Why are there variations in product from one store to another?

The majority of Dairy Queen restaurants throughout the United States are individually owned and operated franchises. While there are some products, like our soft serve, that you can find in every Dairy Queen location, there are other products, like chocolate soft serve and butterscotch or crunch toppings for dipped cones, that you may not find in every store. Ultimately, the decision whether or not to carry a particular product rests with the independent franchise operator of that particular store.

Well, who knew?  Thanks Sara!  It’s good to be home!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2008 10:28 am

    I was on Yahoo and found your blog. Read a few of your other posts. Good work. I am looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Tom Stanley

  2. April 25, 2008 2:51 pm

    Did they have rainbow sprinkles?????

  3. April 25, 2008 3:30 pm

    I’m with Mr. IT on this one. I tried to order a chocolate ice cream cone at the DQ in the Minneapolis airport, and the clerk looked at me like I had just sprouted another head. I was so bummed, I just turned around and walked away. : )

  4. Dad permalink
    April 25, 2008 11:35 pm

    Do not come to Texas or you might do a lot of walking away. My Job takes me to a lot of Texas Towns & I never remember seeing a chocolate DQ.
    Sure was fun having the family down and spoiling the Grand Kids. It is really true that they are our “revenge” on our kids.

  5. April 26, 2008 9:45 am

    still laughing about the buzzard, blizzard thing.
    too funny! we had a dizzy wiz growing up!

  6. April 26, 2008 8:09 pm

    I live in like the only Texas city (there are 150,000 people here) that does NOT have a Dairy Queen. It’s the weirdest thing. Also, I’ve never been to a DQ down here that has chocolate ice cream. We had chocolate in Indiana, dammit! And they do look at you like you’re totally insane when you request chocolate.

  7. darci permalink
    April 27, 2008 11:45 am


    I grew up in Houston, and have never seen chocolate soft serve.

    As I read this entry, I couldn’t seem to make right the idea in my head, of Ellen being in Texas. My image of her is this totally put together publishing executive from New York. It seems like a fish out of water thing. Even I, have issues when I go home.

    Thanks for the pearls of wisdom from your dad. It made my day!

  8. April 27, 2008 8:32 pm

    You’ve nailed it Darci – I was liberal NYer lost in the wilds of Texas. Most amusing for all, definitely. When I tell people that my mom is a NY liberal and my dad is a conservative Texan, it always produces a few “Hmmmmsss”.

    I’m also always struck by how friendly people are in Texas. I’m not used to being treated politely by a store clerk, or a bellman at a hotel going out of his way to get us directions to somewhere. I’m always waiting for the ulterior motive, being the cynical city chick that I am.

  9. August 28, 2008 4:15 am

    well this is useful… (at least for me)

    very thanks

    holiday travel

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