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As a practice in life, I don’t drink tea, but today, I made an exception. This is Manny’s Burger in Fairmont Park, Norfolk, Virginia. In 1983, I worked maybe a quarter mile away at my first real job and I ate the Manny Burger Special for lunch every day. In 1983, the Special was $2.10. I got on well with the woman who ran the place, and she’d let me pay her on payday for my lunch on the weeks when I was short.

You can see Pops’s red Fusion (excellent car, BTW) and behind the Fusion, in the shade of the tree, I ate my lunch and smoked my desert each day.

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The Manny’s Special today is better than the special of 35 years ago. For one thing, they take the time to brew the tea on the stove and it’s excellent. A little sweeter than I’d make it for myself, but not too sweet to enjoy it. They put a little slice of ham up with the cheese and nowadays, they’re using a higher grade of ham, as well as fresh, non-frozen patties. The temperature was mild, there was a nice breeze, and lunch at the picnic table in the shade of the tree couldn’t have been more enjoyable. Fortunately, there are a precious few things that never seem to change.