I was getting tired as I neared Tallahassee, Florida on Interstate 10. I had driven all the way from Dallas, Texas and was feeling burned out. I still had 200 miles to go, and decided I need some refreshment. So I got off at the Thomasville Road exit and soon found a Circle K mini mart.
I parked and got out of the car, stretching my legs and doing some squats, and hearing some cracking noises in my body as I did so. I walked inside and could immediately see the massive soda pop station, with a wide variety of choices of sugary drinks. Filled my styrofoam cup with crushed ice and Dr. Pepper, then headed for the counter to pay for it.
The Cashier was a bright and cheerful little spark plug of a woman. "Hi, how are you this evening?"
I smiled. "Just fine, thanks. And you?"
"Can't complain, can't complain. Well, I could, but nobody would listen." She howled with laughter. "Carol's the name, and Circle K is my game."
"OK Carol, just let me buy this large Dr. Pepper and I'll be out of your hair."
She waved me off. "You're not in my hair, and you're not a bother. But what does bother me is that you got a Polar Pop."
I looked down at my cup, confused. "Why?"
"Because there is nothing in that cup that's good for you. Sugar and chemicals and God only knows what else."
"I'm tired, and I can use a boost."
She put both of her hands palms down on the counter and leaned towards me. "A temporary boost! An artificial boost! And then you will come crashing down." She picked up two handfuls of M&M bags and threw them down hard on the counter to demonstrate a crash. "Do you want that?"
"I don't know," I said, unsure what was coming next.
She looked at me knowingly and smiled. "How about a banana instead?"
"No thank you."
She pointed to the basket with several fruits just to the left of her counter. "Fresh fruit, it's God's natural laxative."
"Nope, not today."
"How about an apple?"
"No, no apples."
"You don't like apples?'
"I love apples."
She grinned. "You ever had an apple fritter?"
"I sure have, they are delicious."
"But have you actually tasted one?"
"Yes Carol, and that is how I know they are delicious."
"I'm not kidding you, they are so good. Try a bite." She reached below the counter and pulled out an apple fritter with a large bite taken out of it. "Come on, try some."
"No, none for me."
"Don't be shy, have a big old bite."
"Not really hungry right now."
"Don't be silly, it's not like I have some horrible STD or something." She looked at me very slyly. "We hope." She winked broadly at me.
"What is your name, sir?"
"Your momma didn't give you a last name?"
"Thomas. Bill Thomas."
"Well Bill, you are being ridiculous and missing out on a real treat. This might have been your one chance to find out what an apple fritter tastes like. And you blew it."
"I didn't mean --"
"You blew it. You'd rather pour poison soda pop down your throat than eat a healthy and nutritious apple fritter. All I can say to you is please pay and get out of here."
The drink was 79 cents, so I put a dollar down and started to walk out of the store. I figured she could keep the change.
As I reached for the door to go out, I heard her say "The kind of guy who thinks he can just put his money down and walk out the door. The kind of guy who thinks I want his charity. Low down bastard."
And that's the life of A Driving Fool in 2017.