Today's Wonder of the World is...The Drive Thru!
And yes, it's officially spelled like that. I looked it up.
Drive thru's are all about saving time, so why not shorten the spelling to save a few milliseconds?
How do you feel about Drive Thru's?
Love them? Hate them?
I live in a house divided.
Me? I'm on the loving side. (I'm a lover. What can I say?)
I use them all the time. Because we constantly look like this.
My husband hates drive- thru's with a passion.
It's because a French drive- thru tromped all over his psyche. Again and again.
I should explain myself.
France has NO DRIVE THRU's. At least our part of France didn't when we were there. Except for two. In Clermont there was one at a McDonald's and one at Quick, a McDonald's wannabe. Now before you go judging me (YOU LIVED IN FRANCE AND YOU ATE AT MCDONALDS?) you should know that we hardly ever ate there. I don't really care for McDonalds (except now with their Asian salads) and I love French food!
But we did have three kids, we lived there four years, I got tired of cooking all the time, and no, you really don't take children to a French restaurant.
Dogs, yes. Children, no.
Not often anyway.
So occasionally we'd go to McDo's (pronounced mc dough's--the French nickname for Mickey D's) and pick up some Om-buh-guhs. My dear husband always got stuck ordering at the drive thru and they could NEVER understand him. And he spoke French! It was a little more than teensy bit frustrating, and every time he would tell us THAT IS THE LAST TIME I EVER COME HERE. EVER!
So he still carries a little bit of that drive thru hatred with him to this day.
What got me thinking about drive thru's?
We went to see Wall-E over vacation. Have you seen it? We loved it!
In the movie, humans never walk anywhere. They ride around in hover chairs and drink drinks called cupcakes in a cup (Starbucks?) and watch the screens attached to their chairs. It started me thinking about what my life is like since I moved home from France.
We returned to South Carolina pledging to walk more in our everyday lives. But I'm afraid I slipped right into my old drive thru habits. It's just that I LOVE convenience! I use drive thru's to pick up prescriptions from the pharmacy, for my dry cleaning, and of course, to get a diet cherry limeade from Sonic.
And to do my banking.
Hey, there's a horse in that drive thru!
If you've read French By Heart, you can guess why I love banking by drive thru. I had one of my most crazy French moments in a French bank.
But I don't think I've ever bought corn at one.
I believe I'd remember that.
And I didn't get married that way.
I've never used one to buy beer. Something about a beer drive thru seems wrong.
And I'm not sure what I think of this.
Although I do enjoy a drive thru zoo.
Who doesn't love a llama?
We have Hollywild in upstate South Carolina. It's where animal movie stars go to retire.
Pippy Longstocking's spotted horse is there, cavorting with all sorts of animal celebrities. I'll have to do a post on it one day.
And we went here in 2006.
It was kind of like a drive thru zoo.
Except the buffaloes belonged there more than we did! I guess we were a zoo on wheels for them!
Of all the drive thru's I found pictures for, this might be my favorite.
It won't give you drugs or laundry, but it's definitely a wonder!
Now tell me people, what do you think of drive thru's? Love them? Hate them?
I'd LOVE to hear your bizarre-o drive thru stories!
And you've got to watch this rap-order at a drive thru. I wonder what the French McDo folks would say to that?
And if you have plenty of time to waste, watch this. It's Weird Al's parody of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet," called "Trapped in the Drive Thru." Sam loves it.
Thanks to my flickr friends for making their photos public: (in order) riel sb, M Barkley, Cunning Stunt, purpletwinkie, Rmwhittaker1012000, Cunning Stunt, RS Joe, tbirdshockeyfan, mike.senn, and EOD MAN.
And have a Wonder-full Tuesday!