The destination for Sunday’s flash-bang trip across the equator of Wisconsin was the city of Menomonie. Arrived early (could have spent TEN minutes at the ethanol plant!) and cruised the downtown looking for any potential photo ops.


Please insert swirling pinwheels and music to indicate that we have fallen through a rip in the fabric of time.


My very first job ever: carhop at an A&W.  This isn’t the same building but the old-time root beer stands were obviously built to a certain design.


I can’t say it was my dream job, but I did have a couple of take-aways that have lasted me through the years.

     1. I learned to count change. No one had ever taken the time to school me in that fine art and after my first shift, I counted out the cash in my apron only to discover that doing the math in my head was not the best plan. I had broken exactly even and six hours worth of tips had vanished.


     2. The combination of draft A&W and Ruffles Potato Chips is such an exotic taste sensation that it can make me swoon to this day. 

  1. jlheuer says:

    This is an awesome find…5 cents? How old is this stand? Yikes!

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Had to google A&W . A foreign term I was not aware of. 🙂

    So you were a carhop? All those fumes from the cars – this explains a lot. 🙂

  3. Karen Taylor says:

    Remember the drink Swamp Water? That was another one they served. It was half root beer and half orange drink. Ahhhhhh, our youth. All things considered, we should have stuck with the root beer.

  4. LaVagabonde says:

    A&W drive ins! You’ve made me feel nostalgic.

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