QT: Gas Station of Dreams

>> 30 November 2009

Every now and then you come across a gas station that stands apart from the rest - a special place where you can refill your car, your stomach, and your heart. The QT (short for QuickTrip) gas station chain is such a place. Rochelle and I stopped at one of these on our way through Atlanta, en route to Birmingham. I loved it so much that I insisted that we stop there on our way home as well, and I took these pictures to document the experience. I got a few odd looks for taking pictures in a gas station, but it was well worth it. I didn't take any pictures in the bathroom because I thought that might be against the law/creepy for people in the bathroom. So, without any further delay, I present to you my new photo-essay,QT: Gas Station of Dreams.

Rochelle standing in front of the coffee machines - and I wasn't even able to get the whole row in the frame!

Slushies, Slurpees, and other frozen delights.

22 varieties of soda plus cherry and vanilla add-ins. Quick quiz: can you name 22 sodas off the top of your head?

The lids. If it has liquid in it, QT has a lid for it two hundred lids for it.

Corn Nuts: the corn-snack of choice for discerning travelers.

The DVD/magazine section. I bet your iPod doesn't have this kind of variety!

Can I offer you a rotisserie burrito?

Burrito not your thing? How about a savory taquito (or two for $2.00!)?

Hot dogs, sausages, bratwursts, and those red hot dogs as well.

Me, squatting beside the QT trash-can. It was a very good pit-stop.

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Have you ever seen a better gas station? (This is rhetorical because no one has actually seen a better gas station than this.)
  2. Can you name 22 sodas without the aid of a Google-search?
  3. Which of the three flavors of Corn-Nuts would you have gotten: Original, Ranch, or Barbecue? Which do you think I got?


claireb December 1, 2009 at 4:14 AM  

all I know Joel is that QT should give you a tank of free gas for endorsing their company.

Erik December 1, 2009 at 4:42 PM  

I think they should name something in their convenience stores after you. Like the red hot dogs--they should call them "The Joel." Or something else, like "The Joel D. Mikkelsen Soda Fountain."

Amanda December 2, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

Mountain Dew
Dr. Pepper
Mellow Yellow
Diet Pepsi
Diet Coke
Coke Zero
Sierra Mist
Root Beer
Ginger Ale
Fruit Punch (or other token red soda)
Cherry Coke
Sprite Zero
Cream Soda

That was a lot harder than I thought.

Lisa and company December 2, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

wowsers! That place is obviously a dream!

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