ROTHENBURGER – Food-truck lineup a good way to reconnect with humans

Meanwhile, over at the food trucks. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

“I DON’T EVEN KNOW what they’ve got,” said the man behind me in the food-truck lineup.

“Neither do I,” I said. “I’m just hoping for hot dogs and fries.”

We were so far back we had no idea what was on the menu.

Food-truck lineups at Music in the Park are a good place to get to know people. Taking a break from scrolling through the smartphone once in a while gives you a chance to reconnect with the human race.

I and the man in front of me introduced ourselves and exchanged small talk. No politics.

During the next two hours I met quite a few other people, too. Waiting in lineups for food has become a part of the Music in the Park experience. The City and sponsors should be proud of this annual free summer series — this particular performance was especially good and the park was packed to the gunnels with lawn chairs and umbrellas. When the band played Folsom Prison Blues I all but broke out into a two-step.

The truck ran out of hot dogs just before I made it to the front of the line.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – Food-truck lineup a good way to reconnect with humans

  1. Other than people and lineups it sounds ok

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