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Old 12-03-2005, 06:01 PM   #41
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Al, That story reminds me of my first "First Night" in Boston with two friends. Here we are, 3 country bumkins trying to follow maps, we get lost in the financial district which is deserted. Thankfully we just followed the sound of those dang plastic horns everyone insists on blowing and found our way back to the crowd. It was very scary walking around those streets but it turned out to be the best New Years Eve I ever had.
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:18 PM   #42
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Here's a fun story regarding walking during our St. Louis trip.*

On Thanksgiving day, we didn't have dinner reservations until 5:30 PM, so we had to kill some time during the day.* We wanted to go to White Castle, since I hadn't been to one since I was a kid -- DW never.* We'd seen one during our one taxi ride, and I knew generally where it was.* We couldn't find out if it was open on Thanksgiving.

So we decided to make it a quest to get to White Castle, even if it turned out to be closed.* We walked to the Arch and then south along the Mississippi river.* Soon we were stuck on one side of a freeway, and the area was getting deserted.* We continue on, and were soon in among abandoned factories, not a soul in sight.* If a bad guy came along we'd be in trouble.

We eventually find a road that goes under the freeway, and just as we're making it back to civilization, there, like a mirage, is the White Castle Hamburger place.* And it's open.*

It was a religious experience, and one of the main things we'll remember from that trip.

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In ths south we have Krystal burgers which are very similar to White Castles.* *

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I grew up on White Castles. After spending the morning at the Y trading blows with other urchins, my brother and I would each get 5 WCs, which with a coupon were $0.75 for the five. Then we would hit a movie, like Pork Chop Hill or Iwo Jima. Before hopping the bus for home we'd maybe stop in Kresge's to get some toy soldiers- pot metal, $0.12 each.

On alternate Saturdays we might go to Covington Chili instead, and have 5 Coneys with cheese for $0.60. Parents supplied whatever antacids might be needed when we got home.

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I've eaten a bag of sliders on occasion. I never felt good later :P ...I know I did great damage to my arteries, but the eating was good.
The White Castle days are over.

I also spent a lot of time in these places and will again.




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I've eaten a bag of sliders on occasion. I never felt good later* :P ...I know I did great damage to my arteries, but the eating was good.
The White Castle days are over.

I also spent a lot of time in these places and will again.*




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I second that steaknshake idea.* I only wish I had one closer to home.* 8) Oh so many ways to make a shake.
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I loved White Castle; haven't had one in 20-30 years. How much do they cost these days? *If I remember correctly, they were a dime each and we'd buy a dollar's worth.
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Last I was there they cost about 2 days in the bathroom.

I like them but they don't like me.
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I read a book years ago titled:
A Walk Across America
It is about a young man who just set off to walk across the USA one day without much planning - a true story.
I think he did it in the 1970s that time in America where America was still different in different parts of the country. Now we have become homlogised.
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"...So we decided to make it a quest to get to White Castle, even if it turned out to be closed.* We walked to the Arch and then south along the Mississippi river.* Soon we were stuck on one side of a freeway, and the area was getting deserted.* We continue on, and were soon in among abandoned factories, not a soul in sight.* If a bad guy came along we'd be in trouble.

We eventually find a road that goes under the freeway, and just as we're making it back to civilization, there, like a mirage, is the White Castle Hamburger place.* And it's open..."


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At the South end of the coblestone levee (just before the road along
the river goes back in behind the floodwall) is a commecial dock where
I worked back in the '80's as a towboat pilot.

Worked nights for about 8 years out of that dock.* Before the White
Castle went in (about 1990 or so?) the only "food" available in
the middle of the night was the "Eat-Rite" diner located a few
blocks further inland, or about a 3 mile drive to a White Castle
located way inland.

Now, there are several fast food joints in that part of town.

That area is positively "civilized" compared to what it was 20
years-or-so ago.

"They" charge to park on the cobblestone levee now, but way
back then people would drive down to the riverfront to park
and do nasty things in their cars.
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Sheryl - we're going skiing in about a week, too. To Lake Louise - it cost us $860 for airfare from SFO, 5 day lift pass, hotel, xfrs to/from hotel, and breakfasts. That's like the deal we used to get in Europe.

That being said, downhill skiing is not one of the cheapest endeavors one can do - but I really enjoy it and have been skiing for over 30 years....want to be one of those old farts who gets free lift passes.

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Sheryl - we're going skiing in about a week, too.* To Lake Louise - it cost us $860 for airfare from SFO, 5 day lift pass, hotel, xfrs to/from hotel, and breakfasts.* That's like the deal we used to get in Europe.*

That being said, downhill skiing is not one of the cheapest endeavors one can do - but I really enjoy it and have been skiing for over 30 years....want to be one of those old farts who gets free lift passes.

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Yeah, me too (re the old fart free pass). One of my favorite stories: My dad eagerly awaited the year when he would be 65 had could ski for half price. Turned out the only deal was a full day ticket at a half day price - Great bargain now that I'm too old to ski a full day anyway - was his response.

I'm not helping my FIRE goal with cheap hobbies - my favorite things to do are ski and scuba.

But we try to balance that out with running, tennis, gardening and other low-cost hobbies.


Lake Louise was really nice when I went there - not over-touristed - but that was 1984 or so. Let us know how it is!
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I grew up on White Castles. After spending the morning at the Y trading blows with other urchins, my brother and I would each get 5 WCs, which with a coupon were $0.75 for the five. Then we would hit a movie, like Pork Chop Hill or Iwo Jima. Before hopping the bus for home we'd maybe stop in Kresge's to get some toy soldiers- pot metal, $0.12 each.

On alternate Saturdays we might go to Covington Chili instead, and have 5 Coneys with cheese for $0.60. Parents supplied whatever antacids might be needed when we got home.

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Are you from covington or cincy

We made Cincinnati Chili for a get-together at our place not long ago.* People were ...confused Can't beat a good 5-way!*

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Are you from covington or cincy

We made Cincinnati Chili for a get-together at our place not long ago.* People were ...confused Can't beat a good 5-way!*

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Hi Judy. If you are looking for "a good 5-way" you might be on the wrong board. Or maybe not.

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Are you from covington or cincy

We made Cincinnati Chili for a get-together at our place not long ago.* People were ...confused Can't beat a good 5-way!*

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Hi Judy,

I was born in Covington, went to live with my grandparents in Ft. Mitchell when I started high school, and moved with my parents to Cincy later in high school. So I guess the answer to your question is "both".

Are you from there, or live around there now?

As far as 5-ways, the spaghetti kind of overdid it for me. I grew up eating Chili dogs with cheese and onions, and when I got older, I got my chili beans with cheese and onions! Like you say, Cincy chili is like no other. Has cinnamon, not very spicy hot, and the restaurants were mostly run by Greeks.

Go figure.

I donít think Skyline existed when I was a kid. There were several small chili parlor-poolhalls in Covington and Newport, and Empress Chili on the Eastside of downtown Cincy. As I remember, Covington Chili was on Madison a few blocks south of Pike.

I imagine there were others all over Cincy, but I didnít know about them. My world was what I could walk to or reach by bus from Covington or Ft. Mitchell. We later moved up by UC, and that is where I got introduced to Skyline. Earlier eating that stuff was mostly considered a downscale habit. I think Skyline made it respectable.

I always like to stop at Skyline when I go back. Itís weird food, but addictive. The complicated ordering lingo is similar to the complex way you must order a* latte at Starbucks.*

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I grew up eating Chili dogs with cheese and onions, and when I got older, I got my chili beans with cheese and onions!
I'm originally from So Ohio east of Cincy along the river-Portsmouth-(Hicksville, USA).* Grew up thinking Cincinnati was just about the center of the universe.* Aunt and uncle moved to just south of cincy, Dry Ridge, and she took me to a place downtown where I had the best chili cheese dog w/ onions ever!* It started me on a lifelong quest to duplicate it, so far unsuccessfully.* I try chili cheese dogs everywhere.

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You knew John Holt and you're from No Ky/So OH.* What gives??* Did you go to Antioch?
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