to diane: it doesn't necessarily need to be sonic ice. the better term would be pebble ice, but sonic is the only place I know of close to me where I can buy it by the bag and bring it home.
so, let's talk about ice. I've always liked eating ice. It's always bothered my mother. you know, fingernails-on-the-chalkboard-bugged her. She can't be in the same room with someone eating chips or popcorn if it's too quiet so you can imagine how much she enjoys me chomping on my ice.
I never bought ice until my ice maker broke. I don't feel the need to buy what I already have provided for me, but when it was gone... well, that was a problem. so if I needed to buy and put it in my ice dispenser, well, I was gonna get the good stuff and it's not like it's more expensive. so I ate it by the cup-fulls for the better part of a year and I was hooked.
the thing about pebble ice is that it's not as hard as other ice. really. dad, don't roll your eyes. it's got more air in it or something, but it's not as dense and therefore easier to chew. it's "softer." and my dentist says it's just fine. just in case you were going to tell me it's bad for my teeth.
some people have their diet coke. some people have their chocolate. whatever. I like my ice. it's calorie-free and completely delicious to me and bringing me a bag of ice is just like bringing me a big present. I wouldn't forget ya. I have lived here for a few weeks without an ice maker or dispenser and have been trying to get by with grocery store ice out of a bowl in my freezer and it just wasn't cutting it anymore.
so now I have my ice. my mother doesn't have to listen to me eat it and my husband is patient. most of the time. no ice during 24. it's a rule.