Sonny's Tip of the Day
It is a great day for Nicholasville, KY (aka. "Our Town"). They are getting their first Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q. It's a great place to get ribs and other tasty goodness. One such item as their patented bucket of sweet tea. Now Sonny's is from Florida, and that's way farther south then Kentucky and they're a bit better at making their sweet tea then Applebee's. So you gotta be prepared for some sugary goodness. The problem comes when you haven't eaten since the night before and you're really thirsty. You have to resist the urge to drink 64 ounces on an empty stomach. If you don't heed this advice you could find yourself making a weird "Hacuspufffl" sound. Which can only be described as a hick-up/burp/sneeze/I-threw-up-a-little-bit-in-my-mouth combination. So resist the urge, just take a little sip of their delicious sweet tea and then wait for your ribs, your stomach will thank you for it.
If I remember correctly, raspberry tea is actually a holdover from the Civil War era. Don't quote me on it, but I think at some point the north cut off trade with the south and so confederate women, having no tea leaves and being pretty mad about it, made do with raspberry leaves. So sweet tea could conceivably have a similar history. Just a guess.
Another surprise when I came farther south? The first time my college friend from Atlanta used the term "yankees" I almost fell out of my chair. Unless we were studying the Civil War in History class, I had only ever heard that term used when discussing baseball players from NY. Go figure.
Finally... as one who sat next to Peter at lunch today, I'm glad he took his own advice.