I don’t know if you have Sonic where you live, but here, it’s something of an OBSESSION.  And, oh yes, those caps are warranted.  Sonic, for the uninitiated, is basically an old fashioned drive-up…the sort you might see in old episodes of Happy Days.  They sell burgers, fries, hot dogs, tater tots, etc.  Their main appeal, even in my uncorrupted mind, is their drinks.  They serve them in insulating styrofoam, with bunny-pellet ice, and the flavor options are insane.  Cherry Vanilla Rootbeer?  Pineapple Dr. Pepper?  Diet Cranberry Limeade?  They’ve got ’em all.  And they serve them in 44 oz. cups.  This simple thing has caused an obsession in these parts.  A day without a Sonic drink can never be a perfect day.


I am, I think, the only stand-out in a group of my friends who are in LOVE with their Sonic drinks.  And most of them are not even taking advantage of the flavor options!  They’re just getting a uninspired Diet Coke.  Gah!  Here’s how bad it is… one friend washed out a Sonic Route 44 drink cup for me, complete with lid and straw, and brought it to me empty, to be filled with my choice of non-Sonic beverage, just so I wouldn’t feel left out.  (The sentiment was appreciated, but that went right in the trash.)

I know people–multiple–that go everyday.  I’ve known people to go twice in one day.  If someone goes, they get everyone’s order and come in toting gigantic drink carriers of mostly Diet Cokes.  Top-heavy Sonic cups can be seen in the hands of women everywhere.  Men seem immune to the appeal…maybe that makes me a tom-boy of sorts, because I’m definitely immune.  It’s like a cult following, with more and more getting sucked in everyday.  Soon I’ll be the only clear-thinking, Dr. Pepper can-drinking  woman in the ‘hood.  I will go down fighting.


Posted in life on 08/31/2011 02:49 pm


  1. Theresa! Buckner

    What?! You threw that away?!?! That was a gift from me to you, a token of friendship and acceptance! sniff sniff

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      I graciously accepted it and then made the decision to be my own person, T!

  2. That sounds delicious! We don’t have a Sonic here, but the few times I’ve gone to them in other towns I haven’t known to get the fancy drinks. I’ll have to. We do have an old-fashioned diner here where we can get Coke with cherry added. Yum.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      Oh, the drinks are the best part, Caryn! Although the hot dogs are pretty good too…

      And a pineapple Dr. Pepper, despite sounding a little questionable, isn’t half bad. :)

  3. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    We had a Sonic, for about 6 months. Apparently drive ins don’t do well in the north where winter keeps us inside for 6 months of the year. Duh.
    I’ve read that flavored soda drinks are making a huge comeback.

  4. Alyssa Goodnight

    Aw, I feel a little sad that you lost your Sonic. It’s nice to have a blue coconut slushie with your corndog every now and then. :)

  5. I thing I was dragged to Sonic twice.
    Good food…check
    Good service check….
    My inability to get their stupid commercials out of my mind and a vow to never return just so I wouldn’t be funding more stupid commercials…check

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      You don’t mean the commercials with the husband and wife in the van, do you? I love those!

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