Linda and Tom (San Geraldo’s sister and her husband) are on their way back to South Dakota after a few months wandering the globe. Matt and Lindy headed off this morning to continue their vacation. We had a great time and lots of great meals this past month. When we visit them all in South Dakota, we enjoy great times and great meals as well. And some meals, well… not so great.
|ON THE GO IN NERJA TWO WEEKS AGO.|
During one visit a long while back, six of us loaded into Tom and Linda’s mini-van to drive to the Golden Buffalo Casino on the Lower Brule [Lakota Sioux] Indian Reservation an hour south of the capital city of Pierre. With Tom at the wheel and Linda beside him, San Geraldo and I were in the middle row, and sister Leann and mom Alice in the back row.
|LUNCH ON THE RUN IN FUENGIROLA?
I LOVE THESE SHRIMP. I HATE TO HAVE TO CLEAN THEM. TOO MUCH LIKE COOKING.
|SAN GERADO DOESN’T THINK THE TASTE IS WORTH THE EFFORT…
BUT HE CLEANS THEM FOR ME TO EAT. WHAT A GUY!
We stopped at the McDonald’s drive-thru for drinks and snacks before heading out of Pierre. There’s not much but wildlife along the way to Lower Brule. Tom pulled up to the order board and we all began to call out orders.
“Chocolate shake! Medium! Make that two! No, wait! Make mine large! I’ll take a small! Vanilla! No, strawberry!!! Medium instead! Two orders of fries! Large! Make it three! Four! Five! I want a coke! Medium! Diet! No! Large! Small coffee! Get two milks and two sugars! Did you get my chocolate shake? Change my vanilla to large! Oh, wait, I changed it to strawberry! I want vanilla! Did I say large? Does anyone want McNuggets?!?”
Tom, growing more and more frazzled, had his neck craned out the window as he repeated everything into the microphone.
In the midst of the chaos, Linda (the one who had to be paid to behave — click for that story) yelled out, “And make it to go!!!”
And Tom repeated, “And make it to go.”
Which is when we all burst out laughing.
A red-faced Tom pulled up to the pick-up window. As the teen-aged attendant passed the bags through, he smiled and said, “You’re the one that want’s it all TO GO. Right?”
|WITH NEPHEW MATT (RIGHT). GOOD TO GO IN OUR NEW NIKES.|
It Gets Better
Two weeks later, Tom and Linda and their two teen-aged sons, Ryan and Matt, were beginning a 3-1/2-hour drive to Sioux Falls. They stopped at the McDonald’s drive-thru. Tom placed the order, calmly this time. When he was done, with no prompting, he said, “And make that to go.”
In a panic, Tom turned to Linda, “I WILL BUY YOU A NEW CAR IF YOU DON’T TELL YOUR SISTER!”
Linda didn’t get a new car.
|TOM AND LINDA DINING OUT IN LOS BOLICHES.
BEFORE THEY HAD “TO GO.”