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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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A Texas Legend Reminds This Writer Of Nostalgic Grub

Posted 09-22-2022 at 07:53 PM by case44

Every time I go to Whataburger, I am reminded of how things were before I even tried this great Texas fast food mecca. There was a time when, even in a place like Grand Prairie, Texas, a hamburger so good could only come from Big Top Burger.

I just gave it away, sports fans, but that's what it was.

Once upon a yesterday, this writer actually got to enjoy a cheeseburger and fries not much different from what I'd eventually get elsewhere. Big Top Burger in Grand Prairie actually had a good following. It was local, but it was very delicious and certainly epitomized local entrepreneurship at its finest. The spooky part about it was the shape of the burgers and the texture of the French fries were pretty much the same as what I've experienced in the Whataburger chain. I was floored the first time I'd try a Whataburger! It was very much like what I used to have at Big Top. After much resistance, my parents still insisted I try it, and it turned into a memorable moment.

Big Top Burger had long since closed down, having been open for just a few short years. I considered it a success, but it might have done better had it been located in a more fully-developed part of Grand Prairie. Then again, what had previously been an up-and-coming Whataburger chain would become a dynasty and something very synonymous with Texas lore. It's always a joy every time I stop in, because it may well just continue the pull that Big Top once had on me.
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