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I guess people are excited that a Dairy Queen opened in Moore…

2:54 PM EST on January 7, 2014

DQ grill and chill

Last week, I posted a little rundown of 10 things that you may have missed over Christmas break. I planned on doing something similar for the week of New Year's Eve and Day, but other than some drunk mom from Alabama turning into a lunatic and stage diving into a crowd of douchie OU fans, nothing interesting happened. In fact, the only notable, non-sports related news story worth writing about was the opening of a Dairy Queen.

It was covered by NewsOK.com, News 9 and KFOR. For this post, lets quote the KFOR:

Dozens of people lined up on Tuesday morning to become some of the first customers to visit the new Dairy Queen in Moore.

Some of them waited hours in the cold for Dilly Bars, Blizzards and steak fingers.

It’s been 15 years since Moore has seen a Dairy Queen and it’s the last store to open in the country this year.

As soon as the doors opened, hungry and eager people made their way inside to place their order for ice cream, hot dogs and ice cream cakes.

For Nancy Dickinson, Dairy Queen has some sentimental value.

She said, “I love the hot dogs, I love the ice cream-dipped cones back when I was a little tiny girl back in Washington.”

It’s more than just the food; a new DQ in Moore symbolizes recovery.

Dickinson said, “One of my friends from Washington asked me on Facebook, he asked me, ‘Is Moore rebuilding?’ I said ‘Slowly, but surely,’ and this is a really great start.

Yep, nothing better symbolizes Moore's ongoing recovery than the opening of a new Dairy Queen. When it goes out of business and turns into a Chelino's or San Marcos in 15 years, than we're really going to know the town is back.

For some reason, people are really excited Dairy Queen's return. Here's a video that some guy posted to Oklahoma Reddit on New Year's Day. It shows a line of nearly 30 cars waiting to get into the parking lot. It's appropriately "WTFDQLOL."

Check it out:

I don't get it. When I was a kid, Dairy Queen was where we went when Braum's was too busy or mom wanted a dipped cone. Other than flies and homeless people, we were usually the only people there. Has it improved that much, or are we just suckers for new stuff and nostalgia? Probably a mix of all three.

Regardless, we shouldn't be too ashamed. Things like this happen everywhere. When I worked in the corporate world, I had to occasionally fly out to New Jersey to visit the home office. Out there, people would wait in lines like that to go to Sonic. Can you imagine waiting in a line like that for a Route 44 Sweet Tea and Bacon Cheeseburger Toaster? No, you can't? Good.

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