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The tomato beer story revisited

July 30. 2013 10:16AM
We’ve all had one or more of those too-funny-to-ever-forget stories. They come from those silly moments in life, like when we take a tumble on the ice in front of a comedic audience or forget to remove a tag from a new blouse on the day you’re the featured speaker of the meeting.

Last week, the opportunity to relive one of those too-funny-to-forget stories resurfaced all with the simple order of a tomato beer following a round golf.

“There’s your opportunity,” the one young bartender said to the other behind a mischievous smile.

I didn’t think much of the comment until my order arrived: A cold glass of beer complimented by tomato juice and a large wedge of tomato on the rim of the glass, which, or course was highlighted by a comical grin from the server.

OK, so that’s not the tomato beer most of us are familiar with.

Nor was it five years ago when a then young, naïve bartender first served it to me that way.

As I remember it, here’s how the memorable story unfolded that day: After giving the shy twenty-something-old my “tomato beer” order, I left the table to post our league scores. In the midst of my paperwork, a roar of laughter took over the room. Upon my return, the giggles from my golf pal gals certainly hadn’t subsided. In fact, it took all they had to explain exactly what the young woman had interpreted as a “tomato beer.”

While the tomato beer fiasco provided us with good chuckle that day, it turned out to be the first – and last – day the young woman was employed at the golf course.
Because in that business, you’ve got to be able to role with the punches – and the laughter – even if the joke’s on you.

While the golf course may have lost a server that day, the course manager tells me she refers to the incident at the employee meeting every spring. Just goes to show you that even a good joke turn out to be a positive learning experience.

Yes, it’s funny how some stories never lose their humor, even five years later – and several tomato beers later.
Lost doll found
A call came into the Brandon Valley Challenger office Monday morning about a lost doll found on Holly Boulevard Sunday evening.

The concerned woman rescued the Fisher-Price doll and hopes to find its rightful owner. To claim she asks you to call 582-2463.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are Pasta Sides (noodles only), pizza sauce, jam and/or jelly, boxed pasta (i.e. rotini, penne, elbow macaroni), paper plates, napkins, paper towels and Kleenex. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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