Then she asked how many and I said two again. Later when she called our name, she mispronounced it. She didn’t seem that excited to be at work but still managed to walk way ahead of us as she took us to our booth. Before my wife sat down, she noticed a brown, wet spot in her seat. She said, “I can’t sit here!” I told her to sit on my side. I was going to run to the restroom and someone could wipe down my seat while I was gone. She was ok with that and I flagged down someone and asked them to clean my seat while I went to the restroom.
eat after the show. I had seen a Shoney’s restaurant near our hotel and we decided to eat there.
One Sunday, I was a little more hungry than usual and decided that I would order the country fried steak meal. We placed our order and in a short while our waitress came back and told me said “We are out of CFS”. I was confused so I replied “What?” Then she told me, “We are out of CFS, country fried steak.” Since it’s not listed as CFS in the menu and I have never heard it referred to as CFS, I was surprised when she told me this and didn’t really understand what she was talking about until I got the explanation. I quickly ordered something else from the menu and didn’t really think anything about it. There was nothing else noteworthy about that trip.
My father was traveling through Memphis when I was a kid. As he was leaving Memphis he stopped at a McDonalds on Summer Avenue near the edge of town. He went into the store, went up to the counter and placed his order. He wanted a cheeseburger. A cheeseburger costs 65 cents. He told them he wanted a 65 cheeseburger. They understood that he wanted 65 cheeseburgers. The guy travelling with my dad got his order quickly. My dad was waiting for a while. This was a time when you didn’t pay for your meal until after they had the food at the counter. They brought out a big grocery bag full of McDonalds cheeseburgers. This is when they discovered that my dad only wanted one burger.
My wife’s grandmother lived in Nashville right before she died. A few weeks after she passed away, my wife, my mother-in-law and I went to Nashville to help clean out her apartment. We traveled in two vehicles. My wife and I were in my small pickup truck. We were going to transport bedroom furniture. My mother-in-law was going to bring everything else in her car. It was a long day full of memories. We also visited with my wife’s aunt and cousin. They lived in Nashville. I don’t remember how early we got into town but it was very late before we were leaving. I was ready to get home as quickly as possible but everyone else wanted to stop for a snack. That’s when we decided to stop at the Waffle House.
I have written about my trip to China before. I have talked about Chinese tea and being chased by monkeys. I haven’t mentioned that this two week trip also included a visit to Singapore. When they told me about a visit to Singapore, I didn’t have a good feel for where that was in relationship to Hong Kong or any of the places we were visiting in China. In my mind I had it lumped in with China. As the trip grew closer, began to study the geography of Southeast Asia more closely.
When you find Singapore on the map, looks like it should be a part of Malaysia. Singapore is both a city and a state on the tip of a peninsula that includes part of Malaysia and Thailand. Cambodia and Vietnam are also very close. It is about a 4 hour flight from Hong Kong.
Earlier this week, I went to eat lunch at one of the local Chinese/Japanese restaurants. This restaurant is close to where I work. It is also my family’s favorite place to get sushi so I am there often. Because of the threat of an ice storm, I was wearing a heavy coat. I was also wearing a hat. I don’t wear hats that often but when I do, I usually wear one of the hats from my trips to Graceland.
Most of you know that I visit Graceland each year for the Candlelight vigil in observance of the anniversary of his death. I am not a big fan but I am fascinated by the phenomenon of Elvis and enjoy spending time with his fans. I go each year to people watch. I started making these trips in 2002 on the 25th anniversary of his death and have gone each year since. The most interesting parts of these trips is spent talking to Elvis fans and finding out more about them.
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