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NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month – Day 1 – The Drive-thru

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So, I was visiting over at James Proclaims and discovered that along with November being NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month it is also National Blog Posting Month. A challenge to write a post every day for the whole month. I couldn’t find a whole lot of current info on it but it sounded like a fun challenge to try.

Yesterday provided some nice fodder for kicking this off. A thing happened that I have heard of before but never experienced. Daughter and I were at the fast-food drive-thru after church the other day, deciding what to order and got what we always got, and then decided to try an additional offering as well. Voice through the speaker says, “That will be $17.93 at the window.”

We pull up at the window and the smiling person says, “Oh, there’s no charge. The car ahead of you paid for your food already.”


“Yeah. You’re about the third or fourth car that it’s happened to.”

“That’s awfully nice. Are you sure?”

“Yes sir.”

This brought a smile to our faces as well. It had put us and the employees in a good mood. “How much is the order behind us?”


“Well, let’s keep this chain going. At least I’m not going to be the one to break it. I’ll pay for theirs.” I mean, no I didn’t have to but even with paying it, I was still ten bucks to the good. And made the cashier smile even bigger than she had been.



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25 responses to “NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month – Day 1 – The Drive-thru”

  1. swabby429 Avatar

    I’ve always liked the “pay ahead” gesture. Giving and receiving generosity is a social lubricant.

    1. Herb Avatar

      It was very nice and made for a good mood all around.

  2. Marty the Writer Avatar

    I do that sometimes, but only when it’s less than what I would’ve paid…

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, that’s the best, of course. It’s my first experience with it.

  3. Geoff Stamper Avatar

    So a good deed doesn’t come back tenfold, it comes back with ten bucks.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, as the ancient philospher named George that I just made up would say, “Ten bucks is ten bucks.”

      1. Geoff Stamper Avatar

        George once got me to give him two twenties for a ten, so I would not trust him!

        1. Herb Avatar

          He’s upped his game since I knew him, old, “Do you have two tens for a five?”

  4. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View Avatar

    That is such a great story. I remember Once whne I was having a VERY bad dayI stiooed at a Starbucks to get a cup of tea. and this happened. It turend the day around. About a week later I sold a script. and remembered. I went back and bought twenty $5 gift cards and told the barista to pass them out to the next twenty customers. In Thanks for a blessing from God
    Laugh It up

    1. Herb Avatar

      Very cool. Yes, I think it turns everbody’s day around and it’s good to be thankful for blessings.

      1. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View Avatar

        OHH yes and blessing back is very fulfilling ❤❤

  5. Amber Avatar

    It’s a beautiful thing to see when those things happen in a bit so very good world.

    1. Herb Avatar

      It was really cool. I have never had that happen to me before.

  6. MichaelStephenWills Avatar

    To make it work, you needed to “tip” the worker $10.00. ha ha

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, I will have to try to remember that next time, lol.

  7. Tony Laplume Avatar

    That’s pretty awesome. Although you should’ve added something to their order! What’s even better than free? Extra free!

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s a good thought. I had never had this happen to me before.

  8. AJMcGregor Avatar

    What a lovely day you had! It would be a thrill for the person behind you.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I hope so. It brightened my day.

  9. Tangie Avatar

    I have heard that many times “Oh, there’s no charge. The car ahead of you paid for your food already.” Like you I paid for the person behind me.

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s really cool. If it ever happens again I will do that again, too.

      1. peNdantry Avatar

        Here’s a thought: you could start the ball rolling now and again yourself…

        1. Herb Avatar

          When I can afford it, which isn’t often.

  10. J P Avatar

    Hooray, I got here before the project ends, if only by a day. I have never had this happen. At least you didn’t have a 15 passenger van full of hungry construction workers behind you. 🙂

    1. Herb Avatar

      I probably would have been forced to break the chain.

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