I happened to use the word, whopper, in a comment just a little while ago. It had to do with the expected storm on the east coast, which is projected to be a whopper. I also opined that I am almost sad to be missing this whopper as we haven't had a whopper yet this year.
Can you guess where I am going with this?
Yes, I began to think of Whoppers — as in capitalized whoppers.
It has been a long time since I had one: at least ten years and possibly more. There was a Burger King in Sarnia, and it was our habit to bring home a Whopper near Christmas on the day that we cooked the turkey (always a day or two before Christmas). We have let the burger trad slip a bit here where there are no Whoppers to be had. There are burgers to be sure, but they don't always call my name the way that a Whopper did.
Here, I don't know where the nearest BK might be located. There was one in the next town, about a half hour up the road from us, but it was torn down several years past. And I have also heard through the grapevine that the BK restaurant in Sarnia has been closed.
I don't know what happened to BK and why they have seemingly fallen on hard times, but I do have great memories.
When we first moved to Sarnia, there was a BK across the river in Port Huron. We could cross over for a mere 25¢ toll and only 15¢ if we purchased a book of tickets — which we did. Going across the border was easy in those days, but it became fraught with difficulty and lineups over the years and especially after 911 (the terrorists did not cross from Canada, people!) as well as pricey, so we avoided the trip in later years.
Ah, but back in those early seventies both the crossings and Whoppers were good. There was a gas war over in Port Huron, and I could often get gas for 20¢ or nearabouts. Then, with our savings, we could mosey on up the road and indulge ourselves in a grand and glorious Whopper for 99¢ or less if memory serves.
And they were good back then: hot, juicy, fresh toppings, good quality meat. I don't know why BK slipped into such mediocrity. It worries me slightly because BK or their parent has now purchased Tim Hortons, the Canadian donut and coffee icon. The franchise works well at present, so I hope they know what they have and don't begin tinkering too much with a successful operation.
Before I go, I must tell you as a bit of an addendum about Heather and the Whopper. She had been been in training all fall as part of the University of Toronto gymnastics team. Training involved strict dieting. There was a big meet in London, and we drove down to watch and took her back to our place for a few days. We took her across the river for a Whoppers, and after months of strict eating, she felt like she had been transported to paradise.