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Morn (and evening) in the USA Part the Final

25 May

At some point, I demanded, nay expected to go and have a classic American Burger, my only criteria being that I’d like something to see me through the day, instead it kept me full for two whole days.  To begin with though you have to start off with the ordeal that is the choice, we don’t get that in England, you pick your meal and you eat it.  The unwritten rules clearly state that you may ask for something to be taken off your meal but that is all.

Imagine my surprise when Christina asks for half the stuff to be taken off hers and a lot more stuff be added, thus changing the entire burger to something else not actually on the menu.  What insanity is this?   Then I was assailed from all angles with choice: different sides, extra stuff, desserts, how I liked things done. I was ready for the food after that trial.

027When I was asked if I wanted Jo Jos, I had to query what they actually were, then immediately fall back on the old apology, “sorry, I’m English”, which in all fairness C. got in there first.  Quite a few times.  Sometimes a bit to quickly.  I hasten to add I didn’t ask what they were when they came out, I asked at the menu stage, for I have seen a potato before, even around where I live in Mansfield.

At one point C. asked me to remind her to go to Walgreens, so naturally being annoying and a tad lazy, I reminded her there and then and afterwards proceeded to exclaim Walgreens! at random intervals in public places, if I had money, I would be eccentric but being poor I am just seen as yet another crazy person pottering around America, it almost felt like home.

20130510_234308Really though the best bit was the people, a proper awesome bunch of people, be it Jordan, Emma, Jack, Christina, Penny and assorted animals, or the other awesome people I met, fisherman Max, English Elaine and disappearing Dennis, it was an absolute blast and I miss them all, naturally.

Of course biggest plaudits to my fellow bloggers, P & C for inviting me over and getting me back into the groove of writing and more importantly enjoying it more than ever, you guys are the inspiration behind many of the posts popping up in the coming months betwixt and between some book reviews which will surface in roughly exactly three posts time.

Will I go back again and sample the delights of America, I sure will, it remains a matter of money or indeed if anyone can get me a Visa, for which I am willing to pay $10 cash.

Those eagle eyed readers will have noticed the lack of a mention about the plane travel and the books, those two will be up next to conclude my American diaries proper.   Here’s a cute picture to finish on today to make everyone a bit happier.

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46 responses to “Morn (and evening) in the USA Part the Final

  1. readingwithrhythm

    25/05/2013 at 16:04

    I don’t know what Jo Jos are either. I guess my excuse is that I’m a dog. But I am an American dog. And I gather it’s a food item, so you’d think I’d know. Glad you had a good journey.

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    • StetotheJ

      27/05/2013 at 16:51

      Without opposable thumbs people have probably never asked you about such food, but they are fried potato wedges, allthis talk of Jo Jos has made me wish I tried them. It was the best journey since Jason went after that golden fleece.

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      • readingwithrhythm

        27/05/2013 at 19:29

        hmmm. potato wedges. I guess that’s something like french fries. I LOVE french fries! I’m glad your journey was a good one!

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        • StetotheJ

          27/05/2013 at 19:36

          The journey home will be the subject of my next post, well a bit of my journey home. French fries are addictive indeed, there is a place I hear about that fills your plate with fries when you finish them. Fantastic looking forward to that next time I head your way.

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  2. Alastair

    25/05/2013 at 16:42

    I saw that photo and my first impression was “Bloody hell!!!” That’s not a burger, that’s half a damn cow. I think I prefer the English way of doing things – I’ll have a cheeseburger .. hold the cheese .. hold the burger ,.. hold the salad. That thing is mega! I’m glad you got to meet them. Are they as nice in reality as they are on their blogs? I imagine so.

    Love the cat. Is that Frankie or Johnny?

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    • StetotheJ

      27/05/2013 at 16:58

      The cat is Sawyer, there is another to complete the quartet Julius who has since seemed to annex my seat and everything. That burger did intimidate me I must admit but I was stoic in my perseverance and finished it and promptly got the meat sweats. Uncharacteristically I then struggles with my beer.

      Christina and Penny are exactly how they are on their blogs which was great and had me relaxed straight away. They really are great and I quickly learnt that there is inspiration in any and everything if you just look at it in the right way, which is always a handy lesson for a blogger to learn.

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      • Alastair

        27/05/2013 at 18:40

        No wonder you said you were fed for two days 😆

        I would love to meet them myself. They have filled me with so inspiration.

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        • StetotheJ

          27/05/2013 at 18:42

          I am trying to badger them over this side of the pond, with many bribes I can’t actually provide for, but they don’t know that!

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          • Alastair

            27/05/2013 at 19:04

            Haha. Well if they do, let me know and I’ll come up your neck of the woods to meet them. I’ll see if I can give some bribes I don’t have as well. Maybe I can offer them my kids 😉

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            • StetotheJ

              27/05/2013 at 19:09

              I think they have enough with the ones they have, lol. We shall pincer bribe them and make them come over for jellied eels and riots.

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  3. Penny L Howe

    25/05/2013 at 18:39

    Sounds great! I want to go there too! lol, Really though SteJ, your visit was too short! We all miss you here! 🙂

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    • StetotheJ

      27/05/2013 at 16:42

      It was to short, it made sense to do a short one, just in case really I was Darth Vader (before redemption version) and you were a bit worries what with animals and lightsabers not going well together, but it is good to know for next time.

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      • Penny L Howe

        27/05/2013 at 18:43

        Which will be …?

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        • StetotheJ

          27/05/2013 at 18:45

          Which will be when I get to speak to my on holiday at the moment boss. When I know you shall know of course.

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          • Penny L Howe

            27/05/2013 at 18:46

            Well, someone else can pass the news along …to me, I’m just background sounds, (speaking in a light-hearted way of things)!

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            • StetotheJ

              27/05/2013 at 18:50

              Either way the good news shall be passed on ASAP. I hear you almost photographed me in my musing ways in the garden…that was a productive day as you have read recently.

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              • Penny L Howe

                27/05/2013 at 18:52

                I am so sorry I didn’t take the shot, it was a good angle too!

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                • StetotheJ

                  27/05/2013 at 18:56

                  Well take your pic(!) of angles, the paparazzi are always trying to snap me staggering out of a book shop at 4 o’ clock in the afternoon.

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  4. Christina ~

    26/05/2013 at 02:04

    LOL I loved your description of everyone…even a photo of sweet old Sawyer! I do order in a most….quirky way haha! Or so my friends say…so perhaps it wouldn’t be best to base most Americans on the way I do things. Walgreens just won’t be the same without you 😉 Most definitely good times…the bestest! ~ xxxx

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    • StetotheJ

      27/05/2013 at 17:08

      Walgreens!!!!! I take you as the typical American so idiosyncracies you have are now foisted on a nation…you are a great ambassador. xxxx

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      • Christina ~

        27/05/2013 at 19:20

        Ambassador Christina! Oh yes….that will do very nicely hahaha 😉 xxxx

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        • StetotheJ

          27/05/2013 at 19:25

          Book sniffing is now an art form and apparently according to me you all do it now! xxxx

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          • Christina ~

            27/05/2013 at 19:40

            It should be a requirement for choosing the finest literature…I have just decided! Books can and do offer the tangible visceral scope of all our senses…if one would just allow oneself to be enveloped by them… xxxx

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            • StetotheJ

              27/05/2013 at 19:45

              Well if you have decided then we shall all acquiesce and do as you wish. I shall allow myself to be enveloped in your words on books, I probably will steal that and quote it somewhere as well for I am like that and you won’t mind because you’re great. xxxx

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              • Christina ~

                27/05/2013 at 20:11

                Must be my intimidating title of Ambassador that has you acquiescing to my new requirements for book choosing hehe. I offer up all my words for you to use as you wish… xxxx

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                • StetotheJ

                  27/05/2013 at 20:12

                  Offer accepted, have you heard about this anthology I’m publishing……?

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                  • Christina ~

                    28/05/2013 at 01:59

                    LOL!!! Now that was either a hint to get my behind in gear on that or….an attempt to take my work! hehe Alas, it must be I with the anthology….for I need you to review it and use all your wondrous, rare, and exotic word combinations!! xxxx

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                    • StetotheJ

                      28/05/2013 at 18:11

                      I am readily available to review your work and also to push your behind to get to it. You have the majority done and I know you will get a lot of interest when you FINALLY publish. Not least from me. xxxx

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                    • Christina ~

                      28/05/2013 at 19:00

                      You are my greatest encouragement….I shall indeed get to it…if only to hear/read your review for you are the bestest and my go-to-man for all things book related! I shall endeavor to make you proud! xxxx

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                    • StetotheJ

                      28/05/2013 at 19:03

                      I am honoured to be your go to man, I shall endeavour to do what I normally do as that seems to work, it’ll seem weird reviewing again after all this time away from it. I’ll get back into practise in a few posts hence, in fact on the third post hence from……NOW! xxxx

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                    • Christina ~

                      28/05/2013 at 19:23

                      Yay!! I do love your reviews, and while I have found your perspective of life here in the good ole US of A most fascinating and entertaining….I do miss your reviews….in which always results with me adding to the never ending list of books to read!

                      I shall leave you to your work dearest sir…and attend to mine so that I may indeed post soonest… xxxx

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                    • StetotheJ

                      28/05/2013 at 19:26

                      I shall look forward to that on my coming morning, I always like to have a gleg and see if you have posted. Perhaps I will put a book review in before our book shop jaunt as my fingers are a bit itchy for a review. Yes perhaps I shall be suitably inspired whilst gazing at the books on’t shelves around me. I will attempt something you haven’t read as well as I’m nice.

                      I hope your night remains productive and you do good stuff as I know you always strive to do. xxxx

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  5. gargoylebruce

    26/05/2013 at 04:54

    So what is/are Jo Jos? Clearly it’s not just an unwashed spud on a plate….

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    • StetotheJ

      27/05/2013 at 16:32

      Ha, that would be awesome, Jo Jos are just potato are just fried potato wedges, not the most exciting after the exotic images I conjured up, lol.

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      • gargoylebruce

        27/05/2013 at 20:45

        Well. That’s a fairly anti-climactic reveal. Never mind, I shall add it to my store of trivia knowledge.

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        • StetotheJ

          28/05/2013 at 18:00

          You never know what will come up in a pub quiz.

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  6. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    26/05/2013 at 18:35

    I’m a US citizen and I can be overwhelmed with the choices available for a simple burger. I rarely have red meat so a veg burger usually takes a bit longer for me to add and subtract ingredients.

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    • StetotheJ

      27/05/2013 at 16:37

      It is a mad country you live in…however I do like it, everything so much more fun for you guys, there is so much envy on this side of the pond…or puddle as the Spanish say it. Thanks for stopping in.

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  7. RoSy

    27/05/2013 at 03:21

    I like when Chef Ramsey comes to restaurants in the US & cleans up the menus. You’d think being born & raised here that I’d be use to all the chices. Sometimes it’s a bit much.
    (Today as went to the drive-thru at a fast food joint – I ordered a cheeseburger meal with cheese curds instead of fries – lol. So much for my preference for a cleaner menu 😉 )

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    • StetotheJ

      27/05/2013 at 17:02

      I watched a series of that and it turned out to be the one where it turned into a soap opera, he does talk sense though. I will have to watch some of the older episodes and see him at his meanest, which is always amusing as I’m not being shouted at. Cheese curds…I have never been a fan of cheese so I shall save any I get for you, they may get a tad cold in the meantime though. I could do with a cheeseburger though (I can just about cope with cheese on the burger but throw some bacon on and I would be in your debt forever.

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