Monday, March 14, 2011

From Eccentric Roadside: A Bridge Too Far

Eccentric Roadside: A bridge too far: London Bridge of Lake Havasu City, Arizona

According to Eccentric Roadside, "London Bridge is not falling down" ... see if it is true on their latest post (above).
Photo from and taken by Eccentric Roadside
London Bridge, Arizona

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Postcard of the Silvertop Diner, Providence, RI
"A Morning through Maxwell House Eyes"
Photo: Paula J. Walsh 

Monday, March 7, 2011

On The Menu: Humble Pie ....

Stories have been handed down for generations as a way of capturing history. First-hand accounts of events were then recorded in print, followed by radio, movies and television as a way of sharing the news.

In our tech savvy times, we have the intranet to combine both official news stations and individual accounts or 'story' sites (such this one), putting the world at our fingertips creating an instantaneous resource for information. And, sometimes we use unknowingly use inaccurate sources as a resource ... as was the case with last Monday's blog.  

When brainstorming for last week's post, I wanted to tie in the 1982 movie, Diner, with the Academy Awards. I checked IMDb, and sure enough, it had been nominated for an Oscar in 1983 for Best Screenplay. Bingo! There was my tie-in. 

I "Googled" to find out which diner had been used for the interior movie scenes. The first search result list came back with the Bendix. I'd been to the Bendix, so I considered the topic for the week's blogs done. 

While the Bendix has had supporting roles in many commercials and a couple of movies, thanks to Larry at Diner Hotline for providing the correct info. It was actually Baltimore's Hollywood Diner. (I know for sure because I Googled it ... again!) 

The Hollywood is now run by the Crema Coffee Company. They list the Hollywood's other movie credits (Sleepless in Seattle, Enemy of the State and more) and cite the book 'Hometown Diners' as its source. It is a beautifully photographed book by Robert O'Dell that I have in my personal library.

So, note to self:

  • double check sources 
  • brush up on my diner traits.
After all, are a Masters diner and a Mountain View even similar?  I see a good old-fashion term paper in my future! Hmm, I wonder ... maybe there's a diner app for that??!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Not So Wordless Wednesday

My planned montage of "Wordless Wednesday" photos of the Bendix Diner was thwarted by technology ... or my memory lapse to not having a digital camera all my disorganized life!

Obviously, I have a date with my scanner, once I locate my negatives. In the meantime, here's a picture taken at the Bendix that is amusing on many levels ... but mostly for me eating a salad ... in a diner.
Interior of the Bendix Diner
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 2004

(Okay, its also funny that I'm wearing a t-shirt I'd just bought at the Newark Museum's Troubadour of the Highway exhibit on Bruce Springsteen. Yes, that was the reason for the day trip to Jersey.)

Back to the diner... the Bendix has great neon and I promise to post photos on Friday.

If you have a photo, post it!