Do any of you remember when cafeterias were popular?
If you are my age and were to say The Goodie Shop and are from my home area you would know immediately where and what I was talking about.
Recently I was back home. Again back home is southwestern Indiana,Terre Haute, Vigo county area. Often when I go back I will take some time and drive around town, visit, drive by some of the old haunts. I drive by high schools, playgrounds, fillin' stations, churches, places where car hop drive-ins once were, a golf course, a strip (Wabash Avenue) where we kids used to drive up and down and a few houses on various streets that once were a part of my growing up days.
This past time home I drove north on Third Street and turned east on to Ohio Street. A street that once was one of the main streets when the city was activity. Two places I drove past made me smile. One was the Indiana theater the other The Goodie Shop.
The Goodie Shop was one of the city more favorite places to eat. It was an upscale cafeteria or at least for that day and time. A memory from the Goodie Shop from somewhere in the late 1950s' came back to me.
One Saturday night my good friend Mike called me. "Hey Cohort (that was his name for me) what's you doin' tonight? Hey I got us a couple dates." "For when" I ask. "Tonight," he said. "Tonight, its already after seven." "Yea I know. Get yourself ready."
He went on, "You know my folks like to eat on Saturday's at the Goodie Shop. We went there tonight and I met these two girls that were workin' there." "Oh." "Yea, they get off a bit after 9 and I made a date for you and me." "Oh." "Yea, we're to pick them up out in front of the place at a little after nine."
"Ok, what do you know about them?" "Not much, just saw them for the first time." "Where do they go to school?" "I don't know." "What do they look like?" "Oh their ok...one looks a little short and one has blond hair." "That's not much to go on" I said to my friend.
"What's their names?" "Oh I don't know." "Yea I don't know, one of them was servin' the bread and the other one was dishin' up the vegetables. We'll just call them Bread and Vegetables."
On that night a little after nine my good friend and I picked up the "Goodie Shop dates." We never knew their names. That night will always be remembered as the night we had dates with:
"Bread and Vegetables."
For the life of me as I drove on east on Ohio street I could not remember which one I had as a date. Bread or was it Vegetables?
That was my friend.
August 15, 2016