Oh my friends – welcome to my Bacon’s Tales of Terror. With mom/dad being sick last month in February, I didn’t get a chance to post my Bacon’s Tales of Terror on the 13th. Someone had to take care of the humans. Knowing that, this month I have a great tale for you. Something that will make you think twice… make you listen to every bump in the night… something that might make you want to hold my hoof. If you do, I’m here for you.
This month, I’m sharing a dream that my mommy had one night. Did you know that a lot of writers get their stories from their dreams. For instance, Stephen King gets a lot of his tales this way. Did you know that? Well, let’s see what you think about mom’s dream. Best wishes my friends.
This night was like many nights before of going out to dinner. It all started with the normal, “I don’t care wherever you want to go” ordeal. Rolls eyes – you know the constant battle back and forth before finally picking a place to eat. We picked our local Chick-Fil-A and got a nice secluded table off to the side so we could talk about our days. Mine about work and Jim about his day at the Hotel Thompson. Hey, sometimes working at the Hotel Thompson is worse than any job you could pick with the four animals running around playing. We talked for what seemed like a long time, laughing and holding hands. I remember that so clearly and it brings a smile to my face. Things got a little fuzzy after that and I remember going up front to pay our bill.
I kept standing at the counter to pay and the cashier kept taking everyone else’s checks cashing them out except me. I remember getting a little ticked tapping my toes waiting and waiting. Finally disgusted with the treatment I was getting, I decided to sit at a booth across from the cash register for the line to go down. I sat and just people watched. It’s a great past time of mine but this day was a little different. People were coming by and shaking their heads and whispering. I couldn’t hear what they were saying but apparently a lot of people weren’t happy. Maybe they got the same treatment as I was getting trying to pay my bill?
The line was shorter at the cashier so I once again got back in line to pay our bill. And once again, the cashier ignored me. What was up with this chick? I finally had enough. I put the bill on the counter with some money and turned to get Jim to leave. But Jim was gone. Where did he get to all of a sudden? Maybe he found himself out the front door so that was the way I went. Odd but then again he was still trying to be independent.
I went out the front door and there was an ambulance in the parking lot. Maybe that accounted for why people were upset inside of the restaurant, whispering and shaking their heads. That’s when I noticed Jim near the ambulance looking inside of it. Oh no. It must have been someone we knew. I could tell that Jim was crying so I quickly rushed over to find out who it was. I took his hand into mine and he shivered stepping backwards. My poor husband. This had to be someone close to us.
I looked inside of the ambulance just in time to hear the paramedics calling it and that they didn’t make it. Oh no. This can’t be good. I moved over a few inches to look at who it was before they pulled the sheet over their head. That was the last that I remember. It was me!
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Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South. We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats. If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here: Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II.
Today we finish up our tour of the World of Coca-Cola here in Atlanta, Georgia. Last week, I left you with us visiting the awesome polar bear in residence. He was such a hoot and so friendly! We all had a blast playing with him – and I think he took a great liking to Jean. I also think with enough soft whispers in his little polar bear ear, Jean might have been able to take him back home with her. Then again, that would be a hard one to explain to Customs… you think?
After we finished with the polar bear, we went to explore a 4-D Theater. The title of the film was The Search for the Secret Formula. You got these really neat glasses to wear while watching the film. Now remember we said 4-D. Thankfully, we went with Bill and Jean and got in the line of the non-moving section seats. That was a most excellent move because let me tell you something, once you watch something in 4-D you will be astonished. The seats moved and rocked like you wouldn’t believe to the
movie. At one time, water was lightly sprayed on the audience. And with the glasses on watching the movie, people were ducking and dodging the things coming from the film. You can’t miss this movie – you have to watch it and experience the 4-D effects. Way to go World of Coca-Cola for this awesome show.
After the film, we were thirsty. The bottles of free coke they gave us at the beginning of the tour were starting to wear off. And hey, this was the best of time. Now we were going to the Taste It part of the tour – something my mom couldn’t wait to try. They had freestyle drink machines set up all over this room with over 100 different Coca-Cola drinks from all over the world. You could taste as many as you wanted from anywhere – Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America. Some of the drinks were:
- Beverly. Introduced in Italy in 1969, Beverly is a non-alcoholic aperitif that is typically consumed before meals. Because of its distinctive taste, it is one of our most popular, must-try drinks. This was a high consensus in our group of no thank you.
- Bibo Candy Pine-Nut. This African favorite is part of a fruit-flavored line of drinks. Bibo Pine-Nut tastes of pineapple and coconut. This one wasn’t too bad. Daddy really liked it.
- Fanta Pineapple. This sparkling beverage from Greece imparts a sweet and juicy pineapple taste. The pineapple (commonly known to Grecians as “ananás”) is quite a treat for Europeans, often imported from tropical regions. This one was mom’s favorite.
- Guaraná Kuat. Introduced in Brazil in 1997, the beverage was named after an Amazonian Indian sun god. Guaraná Kuat (pronounced “Kwatch”) tastes of fruity guaraná berries, similar to ginger ale with a mild berry twist. Um… no.
So you see this was just a few of the different flavors from around the world that you could try. Some tasted fantastic while others were like how do they drink this? Afterwards, on the way out of the tour going into the store, you got a souvenir glass bottle of coke.
Now, the Coca-Cola store. Some peeps – cough cough – had way too much fun in the store. Bill was trying to find a good hat to wear for those cold snowy days and nights in Canada. What do you think about this one my friends?
Do you think it would keep him warm?
Of all the hats to choose, this one was his favorite. I kind of dig the polar look and the nose on this hat though. I think it brings character – a fun aspect if you will.
On the other paw, all of the kids in the neighborhood would be screaming for cover when they see daddy outside. Look at the get up he went with – shaking my head. These two. What will we do with them?
So my friends, that concludes the tour of the World of Coca-Cola. Did you have fun? Did you learn anything (other than Jim and Bill are crazy?) that you didn’t know?
Stay tuned for next week to find out where these crazy peeps went to eat… and the GPS hang out that had everyone laughing.
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