Soccer on Route 66

We went to Route 66 for dinner this evening to watch the England:USA soccer match. It is a large diner with deep vinyl seats, 50s stuff all over, and American food. They also had the TV screens set up so you could talk with everyone in your booth and still watch the game. Extra points for that!

They only had a small menu, expecting a crowd. But we had our choice of seats, there were plenty left indoors and out. So it shouldn't have been that bad, but the first round of beer was downed and there was no food in sight, not even the nachos as appetizers. The waiter apologized, and the nachos came with the food. The chicken wings were great, the cheeseburger and fries were fine, the coleslaw was wrong, they didn't have any dessert on the special menu, and the iced tea was sweetened.

Is this typical American food, a friend asked. Um, well, yes, sort of. Typical for a diner, except the "Free refill" coffee is missing. When it came bill time, the battery on the EC card reader was dead, so we had to scrape together cash and hit the ATM on the way home.

The regular menu seems nicer, and the placing of the screens is great, so this will make a proper venue for the Super Bowl. The crowd was cheering for England, strangely enough, and agonized over the American goal.

It was funny, them playing two American patriotic songs, "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and the "Star-Spangled Banner". I can still sing both of them. And now, I used to live off of Route 66, but not the famous one, Pennsylvania Route 66, from Youngwood up to Kittaning. Youngwood - man, I lived there for 3 years. Just had a look on Google Maps - the playground is gone, now part of a monster area for the Methodist church. The house we lived in is still standing. Luckily, I can't see in the windows....

Memories. Hey, it was a nice evening, and the US got a goal, irritating the English no end. Way to go!

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