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21 Apr 2003 18:24 #168 by Dutch Jacobs
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I remember a time when a "SODA" was also refered to as a "FLOAT", and to get A&W root beer - we had to go to a Drive-In (Just after they did away with the littler places that were shaped like a root beer barrel).

I wonder if there still are places where I can get a Coke, with a big ball of ice cream floating in the it, with nuts and syrup, and a little cherry on the top? Wouldn't that be wild....

There used to be a Drive-In restaurant on highway 51 near Munford in Tennessee, but the last time I was back home it had become a used car lot, unfortunately. I liked that place; they even had waitresses hired from the local middle and highschools that came around with the trays while on roller skates!

Well, most of them. Some had roller blades...

No - I'm not going to devolve this into a standard "What's wrong with the world we live in?" rant. But it does interest me that things from the old days like that, which stick in my mind, seem to have disappeared without anyone attempting a newer more up to date version.

-Although I can hear it already:

"You want what in your soda? Think of all that processed sugar! Your glucose levels will be out of this world..."

Yep. ( he says confidently) And don't forget they rot your teeth out, too...

Man, those things were wonderful!

I would be willing to bet that if there was a service station in California where a half dozen guys in nineteen fifties service station uniforms came running out and surrounded a customers car - washing windows, checking the oil, wiping down the dust on the car, and checking the tire pressures, half the customers would be hiding under their dashpanels waiting until it was safe to leave...

And all of those things are right there on the old advertisements we sometimes find on the internet, or in old books and magazines. What an incredible business opportunity if someone were to pick up on it, and give it a run.

Sometimes I look at the current gas prices and think about that. Then I shrug, get out of my petroleum guzzling monster and go fill the tank myself. Such is the twenty first century.

But I swear - if I found a gas station doing that in this day and age I would forgive them their prices in a heartbeat!

It would be worth it to stop into a place like that once in a while just to half close my eyes and perhaps think: "Yeah, this just might be the good old days"

But in those good old days - things seemed so much less expensive because we tend to forget that wages were much less also. And the cost of everything has pretty much followed the average income through all the years, and so I can't help wondering -

Why DON'T businesses model the things from an earlier time? After all: "A JOB IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE"

And frankly - such an enterprise could be a lot like running something on the order of a small ( a very small! ) Disneyland.


Can anyone else think of some of the "Golden" things from times past?

Please share them???

*coughs*

Okay~

"PRETTY PLEASE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP!"

*grins*

~ There! I said it!


~Wolf

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22 Apr 2003 02:41 #172 by Bill Hummel
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Hey Dutch!

Just how OLD are you?? <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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23 Apr 2003 21:26 #180 by Dutch Jacobs
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Mentally, or PHYSICALLY?

*snikkerrezz*


How about: 45, but eighteen 'til I die?

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24 Apr 2003 02:41 #186 by mhaley
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Seems to me that as popular as cruise nights have become in this part of the country, Drive-in movies should make a comeback. I would think even an old time Drive-in theater that showed old black and white movies would be a hit today with so many people into nostalgia. In Ft. Wayne IN. there is a new Dog & Suds restaurant that uses carhops. In Auburn IN, there is a new Steak and Shake restaurant, they remind me of the old time diners.

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24 Apr 2003 16:15 #215 by Dutch Jacobs
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There is a computer/video accessory that may eventually make drive-ins not only possible - but more up to date than ever.

One of my personal interests is collecting movies and videos on DVD, and there are PROJECTORS that take a video output from either a DVD machine, or (as an example) a Laptop Computer and can display it at computer monitor screen resolution - about as diamond clear as it gets!

But I don't know if at this point there are commercial versions that can cover an outdoor screen...

What would you figure? About 50 yards tall by 75 yards wide, and 100 to 150 yards away? That would have to be a pretty powerful bulb...

But it's coming, it must be! Technology never stands still.

I have been saving for one of these to use at home, bypassing the entire big-screen TV idea completely. Rather than a 52 inch screen I expect more like ten feet by seven or so at very high resolution...

Popcorn, anyone?

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24 Apr 2003 16:22 #216 by Dutch Jacobs
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I almost forgot to mention -

We use the above system on my ship to show movies on the hanger bay from time to time. The screen is fifty feet across, and it comes out just fine! The audio out goes to a set of stage amplifiers.

So the system is theoretically unlimited...

It's possible I may be able to show movies at ACD Club Meets, and definately presentations.

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