My best friend, Donna, and I went out this morning.

Donna phoned me, and asked me if I wanted to go with her to Largo, which is around a 45-minute drive. She wanted cushions for her outside patio, and the local stores didn’t have enough of what she wanted. I said, of course, as us ladies love to talk.

We stopped enroute to have a late breakfast, and went into Denny’s. It’s probably been a year or more since I had gone in there.

The $2, $4, $6, $8 menu is no more. The brand-new menus had been disinfected, and I was unable to separate the pages. When I finally did, I couldn’t believe the prices. They had all gone up between $2 and $4 a plate.

Donna ordered the Chicken, biscuits and gravy bowl. They had no chicken tenders to do it, so she ordered it with sausage. I ordered the spinach skillet, as it had tomatoes, sausage, bacon, potatoes, bell peppers, and cheese in it, with 2 fried eggs on the top.

We both had coffee, and another server brought that out to us. We chatted, and my cup was empty, but no sign of our server.

Finally, our meals came out, and we got more coffee. My breakfast was sizzling, and I had to wait to eat it. Then Donna said that her biscuits were cold. I said to send it back, and she wouldn’t. Then she tried a piece of sausage, and that was cold too. Having owned a restaurant, I knew that hers would only take a minute or two, whereas they had overcooked mine, and it would have taken around 8 minutes. So hers was probably sitting under a heating light.

I didn’t get a top up of coffee after my meal. I had eaten half of it, as the rest was potato, and I am not overly keen on it.

When the check came, Donna’s meal had been taken off, as it should have been. We had decided that we would never go back there prior to receiving the check. I believe mine was $11.99 and Donna’s $10.99, with coffee $2.99 each.

When Len and I went there we would get the Value Slam, at $4. What a difference just over a year makes.

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