Archive for October 2014

Denny’s Diners   Leave a comment

I like Denny’s. The food is usually good if not great. The restaurants are clean. The staff is (usually) friendly, fast, and helpful. You can have an adequate meal at Denny’s for less than the same food would cost you at McDonald’s. Lately, I have been noticing a lot of Denny’s have been refurbished, and redecorated with photographs and posters celebrating their past.

Consider this blog a kind of museum. I have taken a lot of pix in and around Denny’s over the last few years, and I’m just going to throw them into this blog. This is an online museum of Denny’s.  If you have anything to contribute, send it to me in email (kenstandre@yahoo.com), and if it is worthy, it will also go into this museum.

 

THE KEN WING OF DENNY’S (mostly in Phoenix, Arizona)

 

Parking lot @ 35th Ave. & Bethany Home in Phoenix--this the typical Denny's look.

Parking lot @ 35th Ave. & Bethany Home in Phoenix–this the typical Denny’s look.

Slamtastic breakfast--my favorite.

Slamtastic breakfast–my favorite.

Pancakes are what Denny's does best.

Pancakes are what Denny’s does best.

The photo that inspired this blog--taken at breakfast on Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2014. God only knows when the original photo was taken--sometime before the age of color photography.

The photo that inspired this blog–taken at breakfast on Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2014. God only knows when the original photo was taken–sometime before the age of color photography.

Ad posters for Denny's

Ad posters for Denny’s

The Face of Breakfast at Denny's.

The Face of Breakfast at Denny’s.

Denny's connection to Marilyn Monroe (real name Norma Jeane Mortenson)

Denny’s connection to Marilyn Monroe (real name Norma Jeane Mortenson)

The next 2 shots come from a Denny’s that I found by accident in Santa Ana, California on a trip to Los Angeles for my birthday in April 2014.  This is the only Denny’s I’ve ever found that didn’t have the typical roadside coffee shop look.

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Front door rock garden.

Front door rock garden.

 

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This blog is a work in progress. I’m going to publish it now, but reserve the right to expand it whenever I get good material  to add.
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If you have any good pix or stories about Denny’s, why not send them to me? Maybe they will wind up here in the Denny’s online museum. Heh!
not the end . . .

Posted October 26, 2014 by atroll in Denny's restaurants, Uncategorized

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Sci-Fi Dining   2 comments

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 I took a short day trip with my brother Brian in the direction of Gila Bend, Arizona. Gila Bend is a small town that exists chiefly to support local farmers and some of the energy companies that have solar farms and gas-driven power plants in the area. The town was founded in 1872 and got its name from the fact that the Gila River makes an almost 90 degree turn nearby. In fact, Brian and I went first to the Gila River near the Gillespie Dam–it’s a jungle out there. Beware of mosquitoes.

But the true destination of our quest was the Space Age Cafe. The decor is interesting. The food is about like Denny’s (not quite as good imho), but you’re not going there for fine dining. You’re going for the kitsch experience. Like many small towns on highways to nowhere, Gila Bend is full of kitschy things if you keep your eyes open. I should return some day and really celebrate some of the other features, but right now, here is the Space Age Cafe.

The cafe is on the main drag through town, and parking is perilous.

The cafe is on the main drag through town, and parking is perilous.

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Space doors. Note the shaded entrance. In summer metal doors like this would be too hot to touch in this part of Arizona.

Space doors. Note the shaded entrance. In summer metal doors like this would be too hot to touch in this part of Arizona.

I have been to the future, and it's a lot like now.

I have been to the future, and it’s a lot like now.

The Enterprize has picked up some alien hitchhikers.

The Enterprize has picked up some alien hitchhikers.

Astronauts.

Astronauts.

Blast off!

Blast off!

Brian is glad to get away from the riverbottom mosquitoes.

Brian is glad to get away from the riverbottom mosquitoes.

What's for breakfast?

What’s for breakfast?

The coffee was weak, but the mugs were pretty cool.

The coffee was weak, but the mugs were pretty cool.

And that concludes another adventure to the Outer Limits (of Arizona).

If you’ve ever been to Gila Bend, or have eaten breakfast inside a flying saucer, why not leave a comment?

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Glendale Sunday Morning Columbus Day 2014   Leave a comment

I don’t always go walking along mosquito-infested river parks, or through desert mountains. Sometimes I like to wander along the decaying streets of the inner city–especially in small towns like Glendale. I needed a walk this morning, and thought that downtown Glendale is a colorful place. However, my camera wasn’t working–it seems to be kind of touchy, and I even had some difficulty getting my cellphone to take pix. However, I got some. Here they are, with commentary.

Only in Arizona would a saguaro cactus wear a cowboy hat and try to sell you used cars. Hello, Cactus Jack!

Only in Arizona would a saguaro cactus wear a cowboy hat and try to sell you used cars. Hello, Cactus Jack!

Typical Glendale/West Phoenix restaurant.

Typical Glendale/West Phoenix restaurant.

American flag at half mast in honor of firefighters who have died in the line of duty--a national day of remembrance sort of thing.

American flag at half mast in honor of firefighters who have died in the line of duty–a national day of remembrance sort of thing.

Glendale City Hall as seen from its parking garage. The sun was so bright that I couldn't tell if I was actually getting any pix on my phone. The garage was dark enough inside that I could actually see my phone screen.

Glendale City Hall as seen from its parking garage. The sun was so bright that I couldn’t tell if I was actually getting any pix on my phone. The garage was dark enough inside that I could actually see my phone screen.

Glendale City Hall, the most modern building in town.

Glendale City Hall, the most modern building in town.

There's a scarecrow farmer with a pumpkin head in this window, but what I got was mostly a reflection of the Glendale Public Library across the street.

There’s a scarecrow farmer with a pumpkin head in this window, but what I got was mostly a reflection of the Glendale Public Library across the street.

Giant pretzel in German beergarden in Mexican Glendale.

Giant pretzel in German beergarden in Mexican Glendale.

Cowboy lawman on the trail of burgers and shakes.

Cowboy lawman on the trail of burgers and shakes.

 

As it is the middle of October, Halloween decorations are starting to appear everywhere. I missed getting them today, but I think I might go back with the idea of just getting the macabre decorations put out especially for the season.

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If you’ve ever been to Glendale, Arizona, or . . . if  you like to wander around small towns and take pix, why not leave a comment?

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Posted October 12, 2014 by atroll in Uncategorized

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Booze Commercial as Tarot Imagery   1 comment

Found Tarot:
Decades ago I belonged to a small apa (amateur press association) of tarot enthusiasts. My contribution to that group was my concept of “Found Tarot”–that is tarot images (mostly from the Major Arcana but sometimes other notable cards) that have slipped into mainstream media–especially ads in magazines. Tarot imagery frequently shows up on book jackets also, but in those cases I think it is mainly deliberate, and not the subconscious peeking through. I still look through various magazines for tarot imagery. I found this picture in the September 2014 issue of Wired Magazine. Rather than scan it (scanning has become something of a pain at my house) I searched the internet for it, and found the same picture done as a billboard. My first thought on seeing it is that this is the High Priestess. The image shows a mature woman, obviously master of secret knowledge (music and song are secret knowledge) inside a temple (a bar is a kind of temple–home of spirits) wearing holy garb and performing a rite or ceremony. The more I look at it, though, the more I see ambiguity in the image. It could also be The Queen of Cups–the woman is regal enough and the cup is clearly visible. The microphone acts as a kind of scepter for her. It might also be The Moon, though I think that is stretching a bit far. Still it shows a celestial lamp, a pool (inside the gin glass) and the traditional female acolyte of the Moon, which in many cultures including our own is thought to be a female deity. Her tight cocktail dress is all silvery and she might as well be nude considering how tight the dress is, and how it emphasizes her form and femininity.
So, the esoteric is all around us. Which of the three interpretations do you like best for this Tanqueray ad?

Found Tarot:<br />
Decades ago I belonged to a small apa (amateur press association) of tarot enthusiasts. My contribution to that group was my concept of "Found Tarot"--that is tarot images (mostly from the Major Arcana but sometimes other notable cards) that have slipped into mainstream media--especially ads in magazines. Tarot imagery frequently shows up on book jackets also, but in those cases I think it is mainly deliberate, and not the subconscious peeking through. I still look through various magazines for tarot imagery. I found this picture in the September 2014 issue of Wired Magazine. Rather than scan it (scanning has become something of a pain at my house) I searched the internet for it, and found the same picture done as a billboard. My first thought on seeing it is that this is the High Priestess. The image shows a mature woman, obviously master of secret knowledge (music and song are secret knowledge) inside a temple (a bar is a kind of temple--home of spirits) wearing holy garb and performing a rite or ceremony. The more I look at it, though, the more I see ambiguity in the image.  It could also be The Queen of Cups--the woman is regal enough and the cup is clearly visible. The microphone acts as a kind of scepter for her.  It might also be The Moon, though I think that is stretching a bit far. Still it shows a celestial lamp, a pool (inside the gin glass) and the traditional female acolyte of the Moon, which in many cultures including our own is thought to be a female deity. Her tight cocktail dress is all silvery and she might as well be nude considering how tight the dress is, and how it emphasizes her form and femininity.<br />
So, the esoteric is all around us. Which of the three interpretations do you like best for this Tanqueray ad?

Posted October 10, 2014 by atroll in Found Tarot, Tarot Imagery in Media