Waffle House

Scattered, Covered and Smothered

Down south, where I live, there is a Waffle House restaurant just about everywhere you go. It is the 24 hour a day place for breakfast or that late-night meal on your way home. My friend Tim’s Dad went there every morning for about 20 years for coffee and to meet up with his friends.

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Why are ‘Paper Clips’ called ‘Gem Clips’?

A flat wire or plastic clip shaped so that it can hold sheets of paper between two of its loops.

A paper clip is a flat, or nearly flat, piece of metal that slides over an edge of a set of papers and holds the papers together without being bent or pinched by the user and without piercing the papers. The largest majority of paper clips are made by bending single pieces of resilient spring steel wire.

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Traveling Carnivals

Flashing lights, people laughing and screaming, music playing, the carnival is in town

In Alpharetta, Georgia, during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, we had a traveling carnival set up in an empty lot a couple of times a year. These would have a convoy of trucks and trailers that would, within a few days, erect a bevy of rides, concessions, and games.

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Stereo Cassette Adapter for 8-Track Players

The cassette adapter allows another source of music to be played through sound systems with a tape player

My friend Tim came across this nice condition cassette adapter (Kraco model KCA-7) he had purchased in the late ’70s for his dad’s 8-track player. You simply place your cassette in the tray and push it into your 8-track slot.

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Everything’s Archie Comics

We wanna dance, and we wanna sing, have some fun and go adventuring.

When I was 11 years old, I would go to Alpha Drugs in downtown Alpharetta, Georgia. They had a comic book section, just as you walked in the front door. One of my favorites was “Everything’s Archie” comic book, it even had a picture of Archie’s rock band on each cover. A lot of the stories had to do with the band, music, and dancing which fit in with Archie’s albums that were being released in this period. It was, of course, published by Archie Comics, from 1969 to 1991. It also was in conjunction with the Archie TV cartoon series that was on Saturday mornings.

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Largest Malls

mall [ mawl ] Also called shopping mall . a large retail complex containing a variety of stores and often restaurants and other business establishments housed in a series of connected or adjacent buildings or in a single large building. Compare shopping center.

Do you get tired when walking around your local mall? Today at work they were talking about giant malls and I decided to check it out. It seems that the largest will be in Northwest Tehran and called the Iran Mall. It will have 21 million leasable square feet and even has a sports complex on the roof, including cycling, hiking, tennis courts, swimming pool, and ice rink.

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Genericized Brand Names

Is it a blessing, or a curse, when a brand name is so popular it becomes the generic term?

Some brand names are so genericized that no one thinks anything about it, like Kleenex – a trademark of Kimberly-Clark, but if it’s not a branded box of Kleenex it’s a facial tissue. In the Southern United States, where I live, a pop or a soda is known as a Coke. Some of the following may (or may not) surprise you.

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Cherry Coke

Outrageous!

My first experience with a Cherry flavored Coca-Cola was at Alpha Drugs, in Alpharetta, Georgia, when I was in Elementary School. My friend, Ross Stephens, would order it at the fountain and one day I did too, and I liked it!

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