Anyone who has ever eaten with me at a restaurant will know the issues I have with the offering of Mr. Pibb when I order Dr Pepper. Yes, Pibb is a cheap knock-off, but it is not the same thing. Honestly, I don't even find it to be that close. It's just a product that happens to have a similar naming scheme as my beloved soda.

But, I have come to accept the fact that people will offer it to me. However! Sometimes a restaurant doesn't even carry Pibb, and that's when the wait staff gets inventive. Most of the time, the waiter/ress will just say, "sorry, we just have ______", and I'll order from the list s/he rattles off. Sometimes you'll get something crazy like, "Is Root Beer ok?" No, it's not. It's not even close, but thanks for trying.

While visiting Arianna a couple weeks ago, we went to a little restaurant in Urbana, and I ordered a Dr Pepper. Naturally, the place didn't have it, so what did the waitress offer me?

Pibb? No.
Root Beer? No.

She offers me Mountain Dew.

Mountain Dew?

Not only are the flavors absolutely not even close to being the same, they're not even the same color! What possesses someone to consider that a viable alternative?

I regained my composure and kindly requested a Pepsi instead. When the waitress left the table, I just sat there, in shock, and looked at Arianna with a dumbfounded look on my face. All she could say was, "I know... I know..."

Granted, the only person here who has ever eaten with me at a restaurant is Scott Hardie, and I don't think he witnessed this. Lucky bastard.

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Lori Lancaster | August 5, 2007
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On a Rant

Another desperate attempt of Erik Bates to create a blog that nobody will read. Expect illogical arguments with no basis in fact, and plenty of contradicting statements. Read more »


I would also like to add that the other day I realized that I hadn't shaved in about a week and a half. Ok, so it didn't just dawn on me suddenly. I'm just too lazy, and hate shaving. Go »

Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic...

Grad school is supposed to teach you so much more, I thought. I feel like I'm doing so much busy work lately. It's insane! Go »

Starting this thing off right

Let's get the party started already. I'm tired and I'm feeling like rambling for a while. I haven't read anybody else's posts in several weeks, so I can't really respond to anything going on in the XQC-osphere, and unlike what the title of this blog would imply, I have absolutely no rants or musings to share. Go »

This isn't a rant.... SIKE!

Funnily enough, this rant actually pertains to the word in the title of the post. I'm sure you all remember that fun joke. Borat would call it a "NOT joke." Go »

My Cunning Jayne Cobb hat

Looks like Lori isn't the only one that makes fun clothing based on obscure television shows :-) Cross-posted from my personal blog. Being the sci-fi nerd I am, coupled with my love of the short-lived series Firefly, when I realized that my knitting was getting pretty good, I decided that it was time to try my hand at creating something that every other true science fiction geek has done at one point or another: attempt to create a replica of an article of clothing from the series. My chosen article: Jayne Cobb's hat he received from his mother to keep him warm on his travels. Go »

I guess I'll chime in... again.

It's been a while since I've written anything. I have/had a personal blog elsewhere but I felt like I was writing for an audience that will never read what I write. This is a much better community over here. Go »

Happy anniversary!

Tragic Comedy began today in 2001.