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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You Can't Make This Stuff Up



I went to Pennsylvania this past weekend for a workshop, which I will blog about in depth sometime in November for Two Writing Teachers. It was an amazing trip, made even better when I sat down with Lindsay Barrett George, Lucy Staugler and Lori Nichols (new friends)! We decided to go to dinner at a place called The Halfway House. It had a worn but cozy interior and we sat down. Moments later we were greeted by Suzie, our waitress.

"How ya doin' tonight? Did you see the specials? Here's the board, I'll leave it right here." Okay, so this might not seem odd, but she propped the specials board up on the table next to us, where people were in the middle of eating. However, they didn't seem to mind one bit.

We continued our conversation and took a look at the specials. We also found out that Suzie is not a fan of the clam chowder and that it was at the bottom of the barrel, so "stay away from that one."
It continued on. She relayed that it is a dangerous time of year to be on the roads because everyone is looking at the beautiful colors and she often finds that she is in the wrong lane.

Then we wanted our picture taken, with Suzie. Which meant that Vera's assistance was needed, another waitress in the restaurant. Vera came over, holding Lucy's phone backwards, squinting, looking it all over, "Well, what do I do with this?" Suzie gave her step-by-step directions on how to hold the camera phone. Vera followed along and began to take a picture of Suzie, Lindsay and Lucy. However, Lori and I were not in the picture.
Suzie said, "Uh, Vera, they want everybody in there!"
To which Vera said, "Well I got three of you!"


Vera, eventually, did get us all in the picture. However, it was after practically sitting in the lap of the person next to us. 



13 comments:

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  2. I am a fan of meeting colorful characters along life's path! Good for you for capturing the moment!

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  3. Oh my gosh, Betsy, this is so funny. Sounds like characters from a movie. I can't wait to hear about the workshop on TWT!

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  4. Looking forward to hearing about the workshop. It sounds like Suzie and Vera took good care of you -- even going above and beyond what's expected.

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  5. So glad you had a great time with new friends! I cannot wait to hear more -- sounds like you had a fantastic trip!
    Jennifer Sniadecki

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  6. You weren't at the Eat and Park, were you? I thought that name was hilarious as I saw it over and over on my trip to Pennsylvania last summer. The one we stopped at seemed to have it's own cast of endearing characters.

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  7. Hahaha! It's great to meet interesting people when on the road. I feel like I could write a book about the people I met on the city bus. I'm sure you could write a volume on the people you meet.

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  8. Too funny! Love meeting and chatting with people like this!

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  9. What a great small moment! I love how you brought her to life in your story - I could hear her and see her! Thank you for sharing and letting us laugh along with you.
    Clare

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  10. What characters! These ladies are a true find.

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  11. What characters! These ladies are a true find.

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  12. Betsy, isn't it wonderful to meet different types of people when traveling. The world is full of laughable moments if we just look.

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  13. What a wonderful place! The name. The waitresses. Enjoyed reading your slice!

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