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.
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.