On my favorite podcast The Radio From Hell they refer to all non-alcoholic beverages as "sprite please beverages" I always chuckled when they said this but never really had a real life example of this.
I went out for sushi Friday night with some of my co-workers, I had lots of fun but it's always interesting to see the cultural difference between Utah and the rest of the world. My co-workers are the sweetest nicest ladies, they are some of my only friends here in Alaska, so in no way am I criticizing their choices. It is interesting how different Utah is, I only know a few people who drink alcohol and I've only seen them with beer. However, it is not unusual for people to drink alcohol here especially with a group of friends. They all order fancy fruity martini's and then pass them around the table so everyone can get a taste. That is the fun part of going out... drinking. In the beginning I had many questions about why I didn't drink, now they all know me and it doesn't matter. But I always feel a little out of place when the server takes our drink orders everyone goes around saying their 'fun fruity-tini's'. Tonight though, when my turn came to order I simple said "I'll have a sprite please"...in which I immediately thought of the RFH and understood "Sprite Please Beverage"!
I thought about it today so when Jed and I were out to eat for our date night the "Non-alcoholic beverage menu" caught my eye and one in particular stood out "Virgin Strawberry Shag" Strawberries, lemon and sprite. So I ordered it...but when it arrived it came with a little tiny giraffe on the rim. I looked around at the tables near us and everyone had drinks...much stronger than mine...and no giraffe. Jed said it's because little kids typically are the only ones to order those non-alcoholic drinks...and it comes with a toy like Happy Meals. It made me laugh and I decided I better stick to my "Sprite Please Beverages"The picture looks like there is more in my drink than Sprite....if you know what I mean! ;)