Adventures With Two Dear School Friends

You may have noticed that I haven’t written any blog posts recently. The reason, you ask? I didn’t have time to write because my friends and I were busy having adventures. Ellen drove from North Carolina, and Judy from Indiana. What fun we have had! Because Judy lives closer, I’ve gotten to visit with her now & again. But I hadn’t seen Ellen in ages.

One day we took a trip to my hometown of Toledo. We drove by my parent’s home, where my three older brothers and I grew up.

We went to the cemetery and said hello to my parents, grandparents, aunt, and my dear husband, Ron.

When I was a girl, I used to go with my Mom and Nana to plant flowers in front of my grandfathers’ graves. Lest you think this a morbid task, perish the thought! I also got to feed the ducks at the long reflection pool.

But once we had been there, we thought that excellent food was required. To accomplish that, we ate at a Toledo Ohio original, Tony Packo’s. Hungarian Hotdogs! The walls are adorned with a gazillion autographed hot dog buns. Have you ever eaten there?

The first mention of Tony Packo’s on “M*A*S*H” was when Cpl. Klinger, portrayed by Toledo native Jamie Farr, declared that the “greatest Hungarian hot dogs” could be found there. (Photo courtesy of Tony Packo’s)

Here is a close-up of Radar O’Reilly’s autographed hot dog bun:

Here is a picture of my friend Ellen at Tony Packo’s. Can you see the autographed hot dog buns on the wall behind her? (Forgive me, Ellen for snapping this picture mid sip!)

I hope you have enjoyed these pictures from my friends visit. Please let me know if you’ve ever been to Tony Packo’s and, if you haven’t, start making plans!

PS: The Original Tony Packo’s is located at 1902 Front Street Toledo, OH 43605. Phone 419.691.6054.








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12 Responses to Adventures With Two Dear School Friends

  1. ceafryer says:

    As you know, Ann, I have been to Toledo, but never to Tony Packo’s. Something to look forward to! I’m glad you had a great visit with your friends!

  2. Jan Seibel says:

    This of course sounds like an awesome trip! Revisiting our memories is great for the soul. Of course Tony Packo’s is basically where I grew up. May they NEVER change!

  3. AECRM says:

    Carol, One of these times, you are going to have to visit again & we will go there. It is a treat!

  4. AECRM says:

    Jan, any time you can get away, let me know & we will certainly go back there. Cheers!

  5. John C. says:

    Nice memories Anne, I would like to go there sometime!

  6. AECRM says:

    John, thank you. You should go there sometime — I think you would like it.

  7. I’d love to see the inside of that place! I’d spend the whole time reading all the notes. Oh, and Ellen looks good mid-sip or any other pose!

  8. AECRM says:

    Kath, You are always welcome to come & visit. I would love it if there was ever a time you could get away for a few days (or longer!). If there is ever a time — just let me know! Cheers!

  9. Joy says:

    So glad you had a great time w your friends! No I’ve never been to Tony’s! Too far of a drive but I’m sure it’s great! Love you Ann. Miss you too!

  10. AECRM says:

    Thank you, Joy! I never mind driving to Toledo, it always feels like coming home. Love you!

  11. Michael T Carr says:

    Loved reading about your visit back to Toledo! I hadn’t thought about Toledo being close to where you are now living. It’s a long flight or a very long drive from where I am. Was that Woodlawn cemetery? My parents and my first child are buried there. I’m feeling better. Will write.

  12. AECRM says:

    Mike, Thanks for writing. I live about 80 miles from Toledo Memorial Park. My parents, grandparents, aunt, and now RSM, are all there. After showing my friends the sights, eating at Tony Packo’s was a pleasant event. Now, check out my new blog post — Pie — Amish Country!

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