Back in January of 1991, I first visited the Denny’s in what was eventually going to be the town where I went to college.
Fast forward a couple of years and I had spent many all-nighters at that Denny’s. Somehow it became the preferred late-night hang out for our little group of friends and many great memories were made there.
I’m thankful that at some point on one of those late-nights in 1993, I asked our regular waitress (Rebecca - not sure what ever happened to her. She was probably only a couple of years older than we were.) if I could take a menu back to the dorm with me. I think it was because I really liked the owl on the cover but what a wonderful time capsule it is for me now.
I’ve saved it all these years and it came up in a conversation with a friend of mine last week so I thought I might as well preserve it in pictures and share it here. It’s a little too big to scan on my scanner so these pictures were taken on my iPhone and then cropped on my laptop. I’ll keep my eye out for a way to get good scans of the menu at some point.
So, enjoy this trip back to 1993 when I was young enough that anything seemed possible and you could get a decent steak in the middle of the night for just $7.79.
It was the weather here tonight that got me thinking about a trip I took to Bloomington, Indiana in December of 2008. I believe that it was finals week at IU and the weather was quite chilly. I had forgotten my gloves so I went to Menards near my hotel to buy a pair and I found a set with a hat that was made out of some recycled material and all three pieces had little recycling logos sewed on them.
I had them for the longest time until holes finally developed in the fingers of the gloves.
I also bought a Christmas cup at Starbucks that I still have.
I remember that my hotel room had a picture tube HDTV in it. It was HUGE and this was before I owned an HDTV so I turned it on and watched it a bit although I would normally never turn on a tv when I traveled.
It was cloudy (dreary might be a better word) the whole time I was there and I think it snowed most of the time but it was all flurries and hardly any of it stuck.
Finally, I remember that on the last night a co-worker and I ate supper near campus. I searched for a while on Google tonight for the restaurant before I found it - Siam House.
And nearby that was a coffee shop we walked to and I recall there being a big chalkboard in the bathroom with all sorts of odd messages on it. I believe I left one of my own.
I tried to find the coffee shop on Google but had no luck until I looked through my Google Photos and there were a few pictures of my Bloomington trip including a picture of Siam House plus pictures of the Soma coffee shop which is also still there. Above and below are those pictures from that night - December 14, 2008. The pictures were probably taken on a Blackberry which was probably pretty advanced at the time but doesn’t look too great now!
It’s hard for me to believe that was almost 11 years ago but I’m glad that a chilly evening brought these memories back after so long.