We took a trip to PA this weekend to visit with family and help with some home winterizing projects. I used to dread the trip from WV to PA (and even worse when we lived in TN) but as the kids have aged, we have found that a few movies, books and video games save lives. The kids travel very well and it’s become a non-issue for them to pack up and go. Emily and I count on a bunch of caffeine though as we always drive at night after we get out of work. It’s a 6.5 hour drive so that usually puts us in pretty late (especially when you consider that it follows a long work-day).
Anyhow, we count on caffeine and the groovy tunes to keep us going and it usually works very well. We headed up I-79 and drove until we got hungry. Subway usually agrees with our tummies so we pulled into one and ordered the usual. Emily ordered an un-sweet tea (she isn’t truly a Southern girl apparently). The feller at the counter said, “We don’t serve sweet tea after 4:00.” Emily said, “that’s nice, but I want UN-sweet tea.” They went back and forth several times saying the exact same thing. We were still in WV so one would think that we spoke the same language, but it was pretty clear that communication failed early on. Finally, the guy told her that they don’t serve ANY tea after 4pm.
(We got this one stuck in our heads!)
A lot of places in WV and elsewhere still have blue laws. I am familiar with them and couldn’t really care less as they don’t affect me. My wife without caffeine on a trip, however, does endanger my life. Green (tea) laws in WV must be overturned! We were in prime dinner time hours so I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t have sold their tea. And heck, they waste tons of food at Subway (as in all restaurants) so I can’t imagine that throwing out a bit of tea at the end of the day would have caused them much distress. No, no, I think there must be some moral reason why tea is banned after 4pm! If anyone can enlighten me on the issue, please feel free. My life may depend on it!