Cheeseburger For Tony

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Carlos-Cheeseburger Charlie

We have all kinds of nicknames for Carlos. ‘los is my go-to, although there are few silly names that have evolved over the years: Losee Gos, Stinky Pete with the Smelly Feet , Toad McNutt, Old Man, Donkey Boy. Recently, because ‘los is so thin on his backside, it’s been Tony La Boney. Kinda fits AND it rhymes. He likes that.

On a recent stop for fuel there was a McDonald’s adjacent to the filling station so I went in for the mandatory cheeseburger to-go. Well, this was right about the lunch hour and being second in line the gal asked me my name after ordering. Caught me off guard so I just said. . .Tony? Handing me the receipt she said, “Okay you’re number 164.” Two minutes later another gal behind the counter shouts out, “One cheeseburger for Tony.” I grabbed the bag, thanked her, and snickered as I walked to the van where Tony LaBoney was patiently waiting for his well deserved cheeseburger.

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Ten seconds later, that cheeseburger disappeared.

One time, while feeding Carlos his cheeseburger, Hali took a bite. The bite with the pickle in it. I looked at her with disdain, wrinkling my nose and said, “Eeeew, you just ate dog food.” Have you had a McDonald’s cheeseburger lately? I, at least, pull the pickle out and eat it without biting into that mystery meat.

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And there are the stops where WE can enjoy lunch WITH Carlos. We detoured in Athens, Ohio, to have a hot dog in a joint called O’Betty’s and the World’s Largest Hot Dog Museum (of its kind).

I’ll take mine plain, thank you

This stop near Roanoke, Virginia, served burgers we could all enjoy: Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Puppy Burger.

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One time we stopped around ten thirty in the morning, “Sorry were only serving breakfast.” What? “Okay, I’ll have a sausage biscuit.” Carlos wouldn’t eat it- too salty. So we now try to arrive after eleven. Darn breakfast all day. Bring back cheeseburgers all day!

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We are a couple who took the first step toward a life of traveling in May, 2015. Staying within the continental US, we amp'd the adventure-factor by traveling in a VW Vanagon, circa 1985. Our mission is to share irresistible and compelling stories conceived from this lifestyle of travel.

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