(originally posted 12/16/2012)
Strangest thing happens the other day. I’m out with some friends and we want to grab a bite so I suggest we go to Burger King but it turns out there isn’t one within twenty miles so somebody else suggests McDonalds.
“McDonalds?” I say inquisitively. “Is that some local place? They have burgers?”
They all look at me like I have nine heads.
I end up feeling a little stupid in retrospect because it turns out McDonalds is a pretty popular hamburger franchise. You’ve probably heard of them because once I knew who they were I started to see that they are all over. I even saw an ad for them on TV yesterday. Up until that day though I guess I’d never noticed one.
I’m far from a shut-in and I have eaten at tons of Wendy’s and Arbee’s and DQ’s… but McDonalds must have stayed under the fast-food radar somehow.
Then it gets even weirder.
I go up to order my meal and ask for a Pepsi with it and they say they don’t have Pepsi. They have Coke.
The girl behind the counter looks at me like I, again, have nine heads.
“Is that like Pepsi?”
My friends stopped talking and slowly gathered around me.
I drink soda all the time. Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Sprite… I’ve had them all.
“So this Coke is like Pepsi?” I ask sincerely. I shrugged my shoulders as if to say I was open-minded and if it tasted similar to Pepsi I was game.
Apparently a tenth head was making its way out of my shoulders.
“Ok, I’ll give this Coke a try.”
How is it that suddenly I’m the weird one because I’m not familiar with every beverage? I even stumped a few of them by asking if they’d ever tasted a Mello Yellow but they still wouldn’t get off my back about it. They even called it Coca-Cola instead of Coke a few times… which is it then?
Some people just like to bust balls apparently.
Just one of those strange days.
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