Last Monday we were driving home from a weekend in the mountains when we chanced upon a Sonic Drive-In in Ripon, California (near Modesto). Sonic is a chain with locations in most states, especially in Texas and Oklahoma. Their specialties are hot dogs, tater tots, and fruity drinks like limeade and a bunch of add-ins like cherry, grape, blue coconut, and watermelon. But the real fun is the carhop service, often provided on roller skates. I'm a sucker for a semi-cultish experience, and since there are no Sonics within an hour of where I live, this qualified. The hot dog I had was disappointing, but the tater tots were reasonable, and the limeade was great.