Last night a bevy of Irish Fest staffers, including myself, attended a very nice reception at the Kansas City Irish Center in honor of H.E. Daniel Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the US. Got to meet the ambassador and he is a lovely fella. He said he's hoping to attend Irish Fest in 2020, so fingers crossed on that.
Turns out he lived in Kansas City for 10 weeks in 1974 and worked at legendary local hamburger joint Winstead's, not a half a mile from where I sit right now. I asked him last night if he was a busboy and he told me that no, he was on "burgers and buns." And he gave me this little bit of wisdom by which I will now live my life: "You can learn a lot when you start out toasting buns."