Monday, April 30, 2012

The hamburgers I grew up eating in Oklahoma were probably not as good as I thought they were.

But they were awfully good. In my minds eye I can still see them and I can almost taste them.

They were good! But probably not as good as I thought.

As a student at Abilene Christian I discovered that the hamburgers in Texas were also good. However, because I was working and paying my own college tuition, I rarely enjoyed a Texas burger. I took most of my meals in the "Bean" as we lovingly (I guess it was lovingly) called our cafeteria.

After graduation I headed West to save those crazy Californians from the horrors of hell. It took longer than I thought and I ended up staying thirty-two years. (I left before finishing the job. It goes on.)

I ate a lot of hamburgers in thirty-two years. I ate hamburgers from Southern California and Disneyland to San Francisco and Alcatraz.

It was in California in 1957 that I ate my first McDonald's type burger. You know the kind that has mayo and ketchup and some "magic" sauce instead of mustard. No lettuce,tomato or onion.

But I learned to like those "silly" little burgers and I have eaten them all over the place including London, England. The McDonald's I ate at in London was small--very small. And that is the reason for this post.


This summer, McDonald's will open its biggest restaurant ever for six weeks during the 2012 London Olympic games.
And by big, we mean big. The place is 3,000 square-meters large (that's about 32,292 square feet) and about half the length of a football field. It'll be staffed by 2,000 people, who are estimated to serve more than 50,000 Big Macs and 180,000 servings of French fries. There'll be seating for 1,500 at a time.

Some day I will return to Oklahoma to see if I can find that "old time" feeling and flavor or find out if it's just all in my head.


Mevely317 said...

Your comment about "not finishing the job" (California) just cracked me up!

The very first McDonald's in N.M. opened not long before my 13th(?) birthday. I SO longed to go there, but everyone said it seemed a "greasy spoon." (Go figure, eh?)

Hope you find that familiar spot in Oklahoma ... and tell us all about it!