don’t order your fast food a la carte

Sanguinity and I are getting drive-through breakfast before hiking. We pull up to the menu board and look at the bowl/sandwich and combo options.

Me (from passenger seat) to Sang: I’d like a Denver bowl a la carte, please.

Sang, out the window to the speaker: We’d like a Denver bowl a la carte…

Speaker: A Denver bowl…what?

Sang: A…JUST the Denver bowl.

Speaker: Okay, that’s all then?

Sang: No!

Speaker: [subsides in confusion]

Sang eventually conveys the rest of our order. Before we pull up to the payment window, Sang gives me a good punch for my schoolmarm vocabulary.