Friday, May 31, 2013

Is there such a thing as a placebo for alcoholics...

I'm not a regular customer of McCafe.  No matter how they tart it up, it's still just a McDonalds.  But I have to say I'm glad I agreed to go when some friends suggested it the other night.  If I'd said no, as was my first instinct, I might have missed the following edition of "Kellie Has Fun Eavesdropping On People".

So we were sitting there, trying to work out if our pastries had fruit or chocolate in them, when a group of about twenty people all came in together.  That's a lot to traipse into a Macca's all at once so we were understandably curious.  Can you really blame us for eavesdropping?

"Well that was fun, for an A.A. meeting."

An A.A. group!  That was a first.  I didn't even know that one met around there.

We kept listening, because that's how we roll.  It was all pretty boring, just your usual chit chat about families and work and what they were doing on the weekend.

At least it was until one of them, a girl who was noticeably younger than the rest but definitely part of the group, fronted up to the counter and placed her order.  She couldn't have been very far out of her teens and she was dressed as if she'd come from a night club, tottering on a pair of six inch heels.

"Um ... I'll have one of those ... what are they called?  You know the one's that look like a daiquiri?"

Oh bless.

Good on her for going to AA of course, especially given how young she was, but I just couldn't help choking over my iced chocolate as she said that.

Somehow, I think she might need to keep going for a little while longer.

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    1. I'm pretty sure it's in their mission statement ;D

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  2. When I read "no matter how they tart it up," I couldn't help but picture Ronald McDonald putting on make-up, tucking it under and dancing to "No More Horses" ala Buffalo Bob in Silence of the Lambs.

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  3. "You know, the Virgin Daiquiri?" Ha...

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  4. Our local McDonalds has great McWhiskey. I'm sorry did I say local McDonalds? I meant my basement.

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  5. If it comes with the little umbrella in it, I would have to question the actual alcohol content. If it had none, I would be adding my own. (As soon as I got home of course. No drinkng and driving here. It's just not worth it.)

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    1. I totally agree with you on no drinking and driving. I'm way to paranoid to do it.

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  6. Perhaps virgin daiquiris are to drinkers as electric cigarettes are to smokers? Neither one is likely to help.

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    1. Oh, those electric cigarettes kind of freak me out. They're plastic! WHERE IS THE SMOKE COMING FROM!!!

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  7. I could actually REALLY use a placebo for alcohol...

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    1. Well I guess there's always eating your feelings as an alternative ;P

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  8. That's cute. We used to have an N.A. group that would come to the restaurant. It's an everyday struggle

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    1. It was nice to see them all socialising together :)

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  9. What could possibly look like a daiquiris at McDonalds?

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com

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    1. I'm guessing either the Frappe or those crushed ice fruit drinks.

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  10. Ooh yeah I think she has a way to go. What looks like a daiquiri, though? :-/

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    1. Probably the Frappe or the crushed ice fruit drink.

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  11. what was it that looked like a daquiri ?
    I never use McCafe but do admit to a fondness for a big mac every now and then.
    Its a guilty pleasure.

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    1. I'm guessing the Frappe or the crushed ice fruit drink.

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  12. God, what has the human race come to?

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  14. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Kids these days... They say the damnedest things!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  15. I haven't been to McDonald's in ages! Maybe i should make a return trip. I'd forgotten what a great place it is to people watch.. (and eavesdrop on.) lol. Sounds.. by the way she was dressed.. that she might have been playing make believe that it was happy hour....

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    1. It's definitely a great place to people watch. You get all sorts, that's for sure.

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  17. Hmmm... a new reason to go to McDonalds, eh? ;)

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  18. McDonald's in my hometown is conveniently within walking distance of all the nightclubs, so any Macca's run after say 10pm is likely to be met with drunks... though I can't say I've ever been met with an A.A. group. This young lady you speak of will most likely need to keep attending for a little while longer... but good on her! Haha.

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    1. I definitely took a shine to her, how could I help it!

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  19. Yikes. Hope they don't trade one bad addiction for another. Eavesdropping is almost always entertaining! New follower from the Aloha Hop! Happy Friday!

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    1. I'm not sure which would be worse for them, a steady intake of alcohol or a steady intake of McDonalds.

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  20. I eavesdrop on people's online conversations and I find them just as enjoyable.

    Especially when you find a conversation years old, and you wonder how things turned out.

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    1. Are you ever tempted to email them and ask? I think I'd be.

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  21. So when she falls off the wagon does she fall off her heels? What was it the guy in the gutter said? "I'm not an alcoholic, I'm a drunk. Alcoholics go to meetings." ;)

    S

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    1. LOL! That's a good one! I'll have to remember that.

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  22. oh I'd like a strawberry daiquiri now!The guy who founded AA used it to meet girls I think.

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    1. Actually a strawberry daiquiri sounds pretty good ... and it's six o'clock somewhere in the world, right?

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  23. I would have been ear hustling too! Can't seem to help myself when people grab my attention like that.

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    1. I love it when I come across an eavesdropping gem. It's like a gift from the universe.

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  24. That's never a good sign when someone in AA is comparing things to Daquiris. The young woman and AA probably will see a lot of each other over the coming years.

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    1. I suppose it's better she gets a McDonalds pretend one than a real one :D

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  25. Just a while.... Just a little while. I wonder what she sees when she looks in the mirror? 'What type of drink am I?'

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    1. Possibly. I know when I look in the mirror, I see a Fluffy Duck!

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  26. I think there is a placebo. A friend once told me about her sisters wedding where they had a keg of nonalcoholic beer. Her father & uncles didn't know the beer was nonalcoholic, and were soon staggering around and slurring their speech.

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  27. Oh those magical golden arches! I do miss the saltier fries and deep fried apple pies!

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    1. I love their apple pies! I know it's wrong, deep frying an apple pie, but if it is then I don't want to be right!

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  30. I have been near the drive through daiquiri places and find them fascinating especially in New Orleans. I had to ask how they got away with that considering you are by nature of being open encouraging drinking and driving. They leave the top of straw paper on the straw so that you have to consciously take it off to drink so it's not their fault if you start sucking it down like a shake before you get home. That just made my head hurt but I grabbed my foot long daiquiri and kept walking through the French Quarter.

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    1. You know, it never even occurred to me, but of course there'd be a drinking and driving issue.

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  31. Kellie, that's actually a really good business idea. If this young woman thought that whatever she ordered looked like a daiquiri then at least she bought it minus the alcohol content. You could run an McAA shop.

    Poor girl, she must have been having a nightmare trying not to think about drink.

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  32. Definitely she needs to attend more meetings.

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    1. And I'm sure she will be for quite some time to come.

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  33. I had no idea you had an Automobile Association in Australia.

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