While traveling through Alabama on our drive to the Florida panhandle, my husband said we were “in the toolies” when asked where in heaven’s name we were. This precipitated a conversation about using the word “toolie” even though he couldn’t exactly define it. It is just a word he learned as a child, and I learned it from him, but our friend had never heard the term.Not one to just let it go, I grabbed my smartphone (a great thing to do when relegated to the backseat on an 8-hour drive) and proceeded to ask Google for a definition. Well, imagine our surprise and confusion when it gave the definition as “a gatecrasher at a schoolies’ event”! Since that didn’t seem at all relevant, I searched further and found a blog called “Ask Your Grandmother” that had entire post about toolies! According to the blog author, a toolie means “out in the middle of nowhere.” And sure enough, we were!
The other particularly notable laughter came from a conversation on our last evening in Panama City Beach. This is the evening we chose Montego Bay Seafood House for dinner. The food was delicious and our waitress was a charming young lady named Michelle Mann. Even though we were full when our plates were empty, we decided we should indulge in some dessert, since we hadn’t done that any other nights.Michelle named off the desserts available, which included bread pudding and Key lime pie. Bread pudding is a favorite choice of my husband’s, so he readily ordered it. Our friend had been talking about how he loved cobbler and asked Michelle if they had cobbler. She said that they did not but did have the bread pudding. He asked if bread pudding was anything like cobbler, and Michelle said, “Oh yes, it is. It touches that sweet spot in your heart just like cobbler does!”
Needless to say, we had a wonderful chuckle at that and thoroughly enjoyed the way the bread pudding touched that sweet spot!