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It was a happy coincidence that the Mayflower cafe – oldest restaurant in the capital of Missisippi (Since 1935) was just 2 blocks from our hotel, so we hoofed it over there on a bright sunny morning and had an early lunch of some tasty seafood in this vintage restaurant.
Mayflower Cafe Sign and Exterior

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While I’m excited about the lovely weather and extra day off this Memorial Day weekend I also know that the holiday is about much more than that.

John-E-Lennon-NavyJohn-E-Lennon-Navy(my dad)

Last Memorial Day we were performing the ritual of visiting the family graves to plant flowers and say a prayer. With the help of a wheelchair van we were able to bring my dad along, having no idea it would be the last time he’d be with us to share in this family tradition.

This weekend while I think of all of the relatives who have passed I’ll also be remembering my dad, who began that Memorial Day ritual for our family, and instilled in us a respect for history and the people and places who are no longer with us.

Life is short- so do the best you can with the time you have.

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I’ve got a dog-free Saturday coming up which means…ROADTRIP!! Granted we will most likely keep within the confines of Pennsylvania, but what direction should we head in?!

As you can see, we’ve been to a lot of vintage and cool old places in PA, and they’re all listed on the Pennsylvania RetroRoadMAP:

But where to go? What to discover? Sometimes the options can be overwhelming!

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Since 1948 the Tasty Dip in Heflin, AL has been offering tasty food and sweet treats to reward folks who get off of Interstate 20 to drive the back roads. The Tasty Dip wasn’t even on our plan or radar, but when we got off of 20 because of horrible traffic their cheery neon sign was our reward!

Tasty Dip Neon Sign AL

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We came to the Goal Post Bar-B-Q in Anniston AL mainly because of the great neon sign, but will remember it for our tasty food!

Goal Post Bar-B-Q Football Neon Sign Anniston AL

It’s hard to tell from the photo above, but the Goal Post’s sign is an animated neon sign, with the football player’s leg swinging back and forward to kick the lighted football. Multiple neon footballs are lined up in a row, and when they flash in order it looks like the football goes sailing across the small parking lot and onto the roof of this small brick restaurant.

But enough of my yakking trying to describe it, here’s a video of the sign (thanks to Wood Valley Neon on Youtube for capturing it!)

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Oh boy – my online radio interview has made the front page at Vintage Allies Variety Broadcasting!

vintage-allies-variety-broadcasting-retro-roadmap click here to read and listen!

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RetroRoadsis just called me about the sad news that Pago Pago in Milford MA, a tiki destination for almost 40 years, is closing this Saturday.  You can read all about it here at the Milfor Daily News, and here are some photos of Pago Pago from a visit I had in 2009.

Pago Pago

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