August 31, 2011 in What's It Worth? by Larry D. Cruse - Weichert, Realtors®- Tralee Properties
I am a great admirer of WarrenBuffett, and not just because he’s rich as Croesusand thinks he ought to pay more taxes (although I don’t notice him writing a huge check to the Treasury Department and saying, “Keep the change.”).No, I admire Warren Buffett because Warren Buffett founded Berkshire Hathaway, and BerkshireHathaway owns Dairy Queen.Dairy Queen has been much on my mind lately for a few sort-of-but-not-really-connected reasons.The first reason is I stopped at the Dairy Queen closest to my house the other day and got a Dilly Bar that was way below standard.The second reason is that I’ve been goofing around on a Facebookpage for people from LaGrangeCounty, and the Dairy Queen of our collective kidhood figures large in some of the conversation.Third, I’ve always wanted to mention the Dairy Queen I like best, near the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, which is one of those great old walk-up DQs.That’s what the LaGrange DQ was when I first became aware of it. You stood on the sidewalk, ordered your cone and wandered over to the post office steps to sit down and enjoy it. This is such a terrific memory for me that I still think the walk-up Dairy Queen is vastly superior to the kind with tables and a burger grill.Talk of the Dairy Queen in LaGrange invariably turned to, “What was your favorite DQ treat?” My first answer was Ellie Woodworth, one of four Woodworthsisters who worked there. Hubba hubba. My second was the dipped cone. Also hubba hubba.Our DQ was famous for the tight ship run by its owner, Mrs. Lemings – a dear woman who insisted on doing things the right way. Before every shift, for example,employees had to line up and present their hands for inspectionby Mrs. Lemings. More than one of them got sent to the washroom for a do-over. Hospitalshad nothing on Mrs. Lemings’DQ for cleanliness.Doing things the right way gets me to Ellie’s older sister, Barb. Now, as we all know, the signature of the DQ frozen treat is the curl on top. Without that, it’s just ice cream. Well, Barb was the best DQ curl maker in the Seventh Federal Reserve District. No matter what she was making, from a baby cone to a banana split, the curls were perfect every time.For this reason, Barb was appointedthe official Dilly Bar maker for the LaGrange DQ. You could always count on a Barb Woodworth Dilly Bar to have that perfect curl on the front side.Of course, a Dilly Bar fan then had to make a decision: Do I start eating from the top, as is customarywith an Eskimo-Pie style ice cream treat on a stick? Or do I first bite off the curl?For me, it was a no-brainer. That curl was perfect and thereforeirresistible. Besides, I heard once of a kid who bit off the curl and sucked out all the ice cream, leaving behind a perfect chocolateshell. It seemed like somethingI might like to do someday.Which gets me to my substandardDilly Bar other day.It had no curl. It was just a flat disc. Just ice cream.Where’s Barb Woodworth when you need her? Mrs. Lemingswould not have let that one out of the shop.I’d better write Warren Buffett.I think the boss should know about this. And pay a reward.