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Nice start kaszeta! I see a lot of old “friends” so far. You don’t say on what day of the week your Death March took place, but I can tell you if it was a weekend, you were smart to hit Don Pedro early in the morning. Anytime later than that and you would have had a long wait for food and a tough time getting a table.
The typical visit to Al’s involves one person standing in line at Al’s and another person standing in line at Mario’s. Then you meet back at the trunk of your car in Al’s parking lot and enjoy the two neighborhood defining treats together. I’ve got to think that Al’s soft drink sales take a nose dive from May 1st through roughly October 15th; the season when Mario’s is open. Everyone seems to live in relative peace and harmony in spite of that crossover competition.
BTW, you’ll notice the cups from Mario’s never have the name of his store on them; they are always random cups, probably bought as a cheap overrun. Mario once told us his reason for buying those cups goes beyond the economy aspect. Not all of his customers respect the cleanliness of the surrounding area. By purchasing the hodgepodge of cups, if the litterbugs throw them on the ground, they can’t be traced back to his store. Not sure how much of that is true and how much is urban legend style BS. He could just buy plain white cups and who would know?
Looking forward to the rest of the report!