Dear Charleen and Lucy, many years ago I had to delver some plants and cut flowers to a very nice lady house who worked in the American Embassy! I was also told she likes the front bit of her garden tidied up as she was having a Dinner party! I duly delivered the plants and she asked if I could tidy up the front which was in a mess. I got on clearing this mess up, about half way through she came out with a silver tray and a glass of Root beer and offered it to me. I had to decline as we were not allowed to take Gratuities of anyone or drink alcohol. She assured me it was not alcoholic and it ws not a tip as we call them in England, it was due to it being a hot day! So I drank this Root beer and it was very nice, and I thanked her! Upon leaving I knocked on the door and asked if everything in the garden was to her standards. She said yes and then wanted my name, which I gave her thinking I was in trouble!
At the end of the week I was called into the Big Bosses office fearing the worst! He told me that the Lady from the American Embassy had rung and that I had refused a drink on the grounds it may be a Gratuity or alcoholic, and he asked me if that was correct! I told him it was and the Lady assured me it was neither and due to a hot day I had indeed drunk it!
He then went on to say that the Lady was so pleased with the garden and flowers/plants that the company had been given a contract by her, on the grounds I did the work!
I did this for months for her and always got a Root beer! Nearing Christmas I was told to see the Big Boss again, and he told me that the Lady was so happy with the work she had asked if she could send a token of Appreciation. My Boss told me it was different form a tip as she had cleared it with him first! He gave me an envelope and in it was a lovely letter and £100, which was a lot of money then. So that was my first introduction to Root beer!
Muriel, thanks for the information on the ancient stone circles - I hope to see them myself at some point!
What a wonderful story, Neil! I am not surprised that she was pleased with your work! I would love to show them the benefits of single malt at Chelsea - who knows, perhaps I can, one of these days!
I've always loved real root beer, not the artificial cwap that they try to pass off on us now made with high fructose corn syrup and heaven only knows what else. There is a naturally brewed root beer in the natural foods section of the supermarket, that I will get occasionally, when I am feeling like I can handle the sugar onslaught, and make myself a root beer float. (Pour a glass of root beer, and VERY CAREFULLY add a scoop of vanilla ice cream). I can actually do this about once or twice a year, being hypoglycemic, and I have to be well fortified with protein before I indulge. I think the reason I like it so much is because my Dad used to make them for us as a treat every once in a while, and it brings back good memories! The same company that makes the root beer, makes a naturally brewed ginger ale that is wonderfully spicy and "tingles" all the way down the way ginger ale should.
Well, back to doing security updates on our servers - the last download has completed....
Love to all,
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Dear Muriel, everyone likes Dandelion and Burdock if you can get it! We can and it is good for your digestive system as well as your skin, did you know that?
Wonderful stuff Muriel! My grandma used to send me round the Fish & Chip shop in Harrogate north Yorkshire, for a Haddock special with chips and a bottle of that. It was then I fell in love with it!
A big bottle lasted days, oh and it was so nice.
Liked your story, Neil!
I used to drink Root Beer all the time when I was in college... in fact, I named my first car that because it was the color of... Root Beer!
Then one day I switched to Coke (Coca Cola) --- although sometimes I get a thirst for a good R.B....
MMMMmmmm, Linda! Shouldn't have said that, right in the middle of June! I Love A&W RootBeer--- we have a local place here which has this big spigot and you can keep refilling your icey mug for as long as you want!!
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