Day Ten of the never done before challenge: A Small, Good Thing

Both yesterday and today I failed at the never done before challenges that I assigned myself. Actually, it was the same challenge both days; yesterday I failed in the first minute of the challenge, while today I made it a full hour.

Who was it that said “Tomorrow is another day”? Scarlett O’Hara? If so, I’ll go along with her, despite the fact that I never liked her (she was too stupid to see how great Rhett was). Tomorrow is another day, and I shall try, try again.

In the meantime, I did do something new today. I went to the Wagon Wheel Cafe in Mankato, Minnesota. Have you ever been there? If not, you need to go. Here are some of the things you will see when you walk in the door.

Booths with tabletop jukeboxes.

Plastic menus with Specials of the Day paper-clipped to them. The specials are typed (on a manual typewriter) on 3×5 cards, and they look as if they’ve been in rotation for twenty or more years.

Sample special of the day, ordered by my elder male companion:

Bean Soup, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Beverage: $3.36. (I am not kidding you.)

Pie: $1.35/slice. I ordered cherry and my elder companions ordered banana cream and apple. They came a la Cool Whip.

After much contemplation of the tabletop jukebox, the patrons of the Wagon Wheel, and my elder companions, I put a quarter in, set the volume on “soft,” and chose The Way You Do the Things You Do by the Temptations, and they crooned to us while we ate our pie.

One comment

  1. Karen · July 18, 2012

    I have not seen a tabletop jukebox in years. And I’ve never given my children a coin to put in a jukebox. Something I must remedy, I think.


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