350: O_o

Posted: May 30, 2012 in storytelling, travel

From afar, you’d make the same mistake, too right?

This is blog post #350 for me.  I figured that since it’s a milestone blog post, that I should share a story about something that’s pretty memorable for me, but not necessarily in a good way…  (deep breath)

Here goes: 10 years ago, I got married.  The Mrs. and I spent our honeymoon in Panama City Beach, FL and despite the many memories we created, this one in particular came up the other day. Ugh. Some stories you wish would never see the light of day, but this one I guess I don’t mind sharing.

We go to a restaurant for dinner and for some reason, I cannot remember the name. I want to say Pineapple Willy’s, but it may have been Harpoon Harry’s.  Whatever.  I’m not much of a drinker, but since it’s my honeymoon, I’m looking for something to alcoholic to drink. As I peruse the menu, I look around and soak in the environment of the restaurant. “Seems like a nice place,” I thought. “Right on the beach where you can see the ocean.”

The server interrupts my thoughts and with a smile asks The Mrs. what she would like to drink. “Diet Coke,” she replies. 

The server, writing everything down, repeats under his breath, “Diet Coke… And you sir?”

I tell him that I want to try their signature drink. As he’s writing down my request, I look over his shoulder and notice what I think is a souvenir cup. “Hey,” I started, “I want to get my drink in that souvenir cup on the wall over there!”

I point across the room towards the item of my choice. If I’m going out of town and enjoying myself, then I want souvenirs galore to document my memories! The server makes a weird look on his face and then walks off towards the bar.  I pay it no mind as The Mrs. and I start talking about our vacation.  It was my first real vacation.  Despite taking numerous trips out of town, it always involved family, school function or some social event.

You can’t relax when you take a trip with your parents and stay in some other relative’s home.  You definitely can’t relax on a school trip because every waking moment of your day is scheduled.  And you can’t relax on a social event (sporting, music, Mardi Gras, etc.) because you’re only focused on fun and sleep is a last resort.  This was my first trip with absolutely nothing planned!  We were on the beach for eight days by ourselves and getting out of bed before noon was optional.

All of this is floating through my mind when the server returns with The Mrs.’ Diet Coke, but not my alcoholic beverage of choice.  “Uh, sir,” he started, “I spoke with the manager and we’re not allowed to serve alcohol in a ‘sippy cup’ here.”


I gave the cup on the wall a closer look and realized that it was indeed a kid’s cup.  I guess I’d been mesmerized by the bright colors and didn’t pay attention to the youthful designs on the cup.  The Mrs. almost spit out her first sip of Diet Coke as she erupted in laughter.  The server leaned over with both of his hands on his knees, as if he were speaking to a child, and said with a grin, “Sir, I can put your alcohol in a big boy cup if you want.”

How did I feel after all of this was said and done? Play the video below and hear how I felt…


What’s an embarrassing moment that you don’t mind sharing?

  1. Hahaha…i drink my alcohol out of those all the time so no one knows I'm drunk at work.

  2. Thank, Q says:

    LOL! That doesn't sound like a bad idea! (recording voice reminder to cell phone)

  3. the Tsaritsa says:

    hahahaha, but it's more fun to drink things from a sippy cup!

  4. Thank, Q says:

    I guess, but people will side-eye you if you request it. 🙂

  5. lmao that is great. We made fun of a friend of ours…for DAYS when he ordered water while we were in Key West. The waiter apparently agreed with us and brought it to him in a kids sippy cup. That waiter got a huge tip for playing along and my poor blonde haired fair friend blushed redder than he ever had before. GREATNESS.

  6. Hahaha! I used to be a waitress in college, and hated when people asked me to do that. No there are people (like CMaj probably) who really ask for that! Embarrassing story you say? I don't think I'm phased by them anymore actually. Happy 350!

  7. Thank, Q says:

    Wow. All of a sudden, I don't feel so badly now. LOL! I bet that was priceless.

  8. Thank, Q says:

    Thanks, Cari! I can't believe that people actually ask for it! I did it my mistake, but some people want alcohol in a sippy cup? LOL! I never knew.

  9. Man you should have put down the joint before ordering the drink. Today I did something stupid, I paid for gas and afterwards I had the attendant run after me. "I had to cancel your charge and we need to charge you again." I gave her the wrong pump number. Play that donkey sound now!

  10. Q. I hope you were wearing your big boy panties on your honeymoon. Or are you freaky in the bedroom as well as the the dinner table?

  11. Scarlett says:

    LOL this is hilarious!!! xxxx

  12. Melanie says:

    Awwww…that's precious…and hilarious!

  13. Thank, Q says:

    LOL! Wow. You're giving away gas out there in Cali? Can't do that, bro. I'll hit play on that donkey video for you.

  14. Thank, Q says:

    I definitely do not ask for anything child-related in the bedroom, that's for sure.

  15. Thank, Q says:

    Yeah, The Mrs. and our server definitely thought so.

  16. Thank, Q says:

    I'm just glad that it's not on film!

  17. Katsidhe says:

    I hope that you tipped the guy well because that was pretty hilarious that he busted your balls about getting you a "big boy cup". At least *I* think it's pretty hilarious. 😉

  18. Thank, Q says:

    Yeah, I get that a lot. I'm sure he was tipped well for entertaining The Mrs.

  19. Never shared this with anyone else, but I'm divorced now, so it's no biggie.(ex)Wife called out the wrong name in bed… on our honeymoon…. on day 1. It was a LONG trip, and a bad start to the marriage.

  20. Thank, Q says:

    Whoa! No way! Was it even close? "Braxton?" "Branson?"

  21. icyHighs says:

    Haha, that was a great story. Evverything tastes better in a sippy cup.

  22. Thank, Q says:

    Thanks! I guess I'll never know since the waiter shot down my idea! LOL!

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