Sunday, July 27, 2008


I don't know how big Dairy Queen is in your neck of the woods, but for the town I grew up was THE place. My family often went, after church on Wednesdays, to enjoy tacos, a country basket or a blizzard.

In high school, when my friends and I would go "up-town," we would buy fries and a coke for our snack.

Old men would gather in the early morning for coffee and to visit the oil field workers who were on their way out to run the pipes.

Old ladies would meet one or two afternoons a week, with huge bags of popcorn, to visit and do their crocheting.

My cousin and I would often ride our bikes down, during the summer, for a cool and frosty treat.

I even remember the theme song for the you? Of course, I can't sing it for you, but I can give you the words.

"Dairy Queen, just keeps on getting better. Better than ever, so come on by. We'll be proud to show you why. Dairy Queen, just keeps on getting better."

It was during one of these bicycle excursions that I did something wrong. I didn't mean to...honest I didn't. I just sort of stumbled upon it.

My cousin and I were only about 9 years old on this particular day. We had been sitting in the booth eating when one of us needed to run to the bathroom. Well, being good friends, we went at the same time. The door had one of those latches that you slide through the "eye" then lift to lock it. The door knob had a regular turning lock, but the part that latches into the door jamb was taped down. The door wouldn't latch, so it had to be locked to stay shut.

Well, I, trying to be a good citizen and take care of the litter problem, decided to remove the tape and throw it away.

Finished with our business, my cousin and I returned to our table to complete the consumption of our polar yummies. We were almost done when we suddenly heard banging on the bathroom door and a poor woman, totally locked in, screaming at the top of her lungs, "HELP! SOMEBODY GET ME OUT OF HERE!" She was frantic.....

......and so were we, as we realized that the tape was there to keep the broken door from locking.

We high-tailed it out of there, mortified at what we had done. I don't know who the lady was and I've never heard anything of it since. But I will tell you this, I don't go looking to throw away tape that has seemingly been placed at random.


Alicia @ said...

Oh my gosh, this is just too funny! That poor lady, I think I would eventally get frantic too!!!

As for Dairy Queen....YUMMMY!!!! Now I am going to have a craving for it today, thanks LL!! LOL I love the blizzards!! We dont have too many here, but we definitely do have them handy!! I always get a vanilla blizard with reeses p-nut butter cups!!

Anonymous said...

That poor poor woman, she could still be locked in there. LOL

R and R Stacy said...

That is too funny!
We had a Dairy Queen too, being that I'm from a small town. I can still remember Friday lunches (steak finger basket with a coke)
I still go by when we go home - there's nothing better than a Dairy Queen Coke. YUM!

Anonymous said...

No worries, the woman just trashed you to all the other Senior Citizens in town. You know..that is how you do it *r*n* style.

momto3_jjj said...

You know I love DQ as we've taken many trips out west and there are a lot along the way and I don't think there was a trip we've made that we did not stop at least once at a DQ. We had one in D'ville and it's still there...same owners. It's one of the great childhood memories for me too.....Now on the flip side of the story, I did get locked in a bathroom at a Putt-Putt and it was terrifying so I know how the lady felt...good thing you ran! LOL!!!