There stands the "5 & Diner", a Ye Olde Fashion Diner is here in Mesa, one of a few that are still open. Many of them closed during the economic stress of 2008. it's really sad that these things like this have to happen. They diner serves some rather large servings of food and the best part, they make real Milk Shakes with real ice cream. When they bring you the shake, half is in the glass with whipped cream and a cherry, the other half is still in the metal blending container. I had a James Dean shake, it's a Chocolate Amaretto. Yummy. The bacon cheeseburger I had, was so large I had to squeeze it to flatten out enough to sink my teeth into it. Can't beat it.
These diners are replicas of the diners of the '50s with the red and white vinyl seats and the table top juke boxes. A floor model juke box sits near the entry door. The songs of the '50s and '60 being played over the speakers, brings back some very awesome memories. Along the walls are old movie posters, like, "Casa Blanca" with Bogie, James Deans classic "A Rebel Without A Cause" and others. I can remember sitting in the living room watching some of these movies with my mom and dad.
Thinking back on the old days of high school, I can recall the 45 and 33 RPM vinyl records. We all had our turntables, speakers and amplifiers to listen with. Sitting in your room with buddies or girl friends listening the top of the chart songs. Today these chart grabbers are called "Oldies but Goodies". If you saved up some money, you could go to Tower Records, a store consisting of all the best records and vinyl albums. In fact you could into Tower Records and go into sound booth and listen to some music with the intent to buy.
Ah the good old days, where we spent our out of school time playing at the park or school yard. Those were the days that drinking water from a garden hose was a norm and mom had to call you for dinner, not with a cell phone however. Going to "Savon Drugs" was a walk, we didn't have cars and a bicycle was hard to ride with a double scoop of ice cream for $.10/scoop in your hand.
Well enough of reminiscing about an era gone by. Here are a few images of the records and record players of the days. Well I hope this wets your appetite for something good to eat and some oldies music to stir up the blood flow and get you all excited. Enjoy the weekend.