Alanea White

Feeling a bit like I deserved a treat, I decided to order myself lunch on Monday. 

Thinking I would take advantage of the convenience of online ordering, I quickly picked out my food, placed the order, paid, and set a timer to let me know when I needed to head in and pick things up. This was all done with a smug satisfaction of having planned ahead and pride for once having remembered to actually take a break and eat lunch. 

All of this was done while operating on autopilot I can clearly tell you after later review.

Now this week in the Star-Gazette office has been a bit of a doozy. I am temporarily filling in as a substitute editor at the Pine County Courier in Sandstone while still working up at the Moose Lake Star-Gazette. Which means two papers are getting planned and carefully pieced together by me (with a little help from my friends of course). My lunch was supposed to be my reward for working twice as hard and doing twice as much. 

By the time my alarm went off I was ready to take a quick break to enjoy a nice meal. I arrived at the restaurant to pick up my food, and much to my horror it wasn’t there. 

I will admit at this point in the story I was a bit angry. I had taken a break from work that needed to done to go get something to eat and it being missing was cutting into my break time. On a suggestion from the cashier, I reviewed my order and realized that somehow my food was waiting on Sandstone.   

After a moment to calm down, I promptly reordered the same food in person and paid in person. I gave my sister a call and let her know there was food waiting for her in Sandstone and to stop and pick it up. Not quite wanting to reveal my internet faux paus, I left out the fact that the food was really intended for me. 

She kindly thanked me for lunch, but asked that next time I remember she doesn’t like peppers.

The lesson this week it seems was that we all make mistakes and most importantly to double check your location while ordering online. 

Alanea White is the editor of the Moose Lake Star-Gazette. She can be reached by email at

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