D is for Dinner, Drive-In, Dancing

Going out to dinner is a typical thing to do on a date, right? We have a favorite restaurant that we go to sometimes 3 times a year, once for my birthday, once for hubby’s birthday and once for our anniversary. It is Benihana and it is kind of expensive so we’ve cut down a bit. It is one of those restaurants where they cook the food right at your table. The chef usually does some fancy tricks as he is cooking, like making smiley faces with the eggs and a heart shape with the rice. We’ve been so often that we usually know what’s going to happen in advance but if there are kids at the table it is fun to see their reaction.

For the longest time they would take a picture of you for your birthday. The last couple times we went was after the pandemic and I didn’t see them do it anymore. We are going again on Thursday because Bill’s birthday is this week and we got a $30.00 coupon to use during his birthday month!

One fun date that I don’t have any personal pictures for is the Drive-in. We used to have a few around us but like the bowling alleys, they are mostly gone. The closest one is about 45 minutes or an hour away. Still, if you do have one nearby, it is a fun date. I know there were a couple of pop-up ones in vacant lots during the pandemic but we didn’t go. Now you can listen to the audio through your car radio instead of having the speakers that come through the window. Nothing worse than getting all settled and then finding out the speakers don’t work!

And then there’s dancing. While I love to dance, my hubby has to be in the right mood and it has to be the right song. Needless to say, that is not one of the things we do very often anymore. These are from some company Christmas parties we went to when he was still working for Sara Lee Coffee and Tea. There is an Arthur Murray Dance Studio located very close to us and I had considered signing us up for some lessons. We are going to a wedding at the end of the month and maybe I’ll get him to dance one or two with me then.

Not too many pictures this time but at least I’m still in the game. See you tomorrow with E.

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34 Responses to D is for Dinner, Drive-In, Dancing

  1. Dancing in the kitchen is about all hubby and I do. We have a Drive-in called the Big Mo that is about 15 miles from us… we’ve been once. We fall asleep …but maybe we’ll try again. Have fun at the wedding. Weddings are fun. I love the Locomotion and the Chicken Dance. TAKE PICS!


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    • scr4pl80 says:

      We had a good time at the wedding. Pictures were taken but not too many by me. I danced with hubby one dance but the rest of the time it was with the girls and the other moms. šŸ™‚ No locomotion and no Chicken Dance.

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  5. I love the drive in! We are so lucky in that we have one super close to use that is still active. We go every summer. Weekends In Maine

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  6. Sounds like a great eating place and you have your photo to remember!

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  7. joyweesemoll says:

    I grew up in a small town in the late 1970s. The Drive-in in the next town over was definitely a good date for teenagers. Even then, though, they were starting to disappear. They would have been great for the pandemic!

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  8. ghostmmnc says:

    We have a similar restaurant by a different name here, where they do all the tricks. Good food, too. Sadly we haven’t been out to a restaurant in forever. Same with the drive-in. We have one here but have never gone. šŸ™‚

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    You’re right that drive-ins, like bowling alleys, are gone. Same here. We rarely go out to dinner by ourselves. There’s always someone with us, either friends, family, or work-related people. Hadn’t really stopped to think about that before.

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  10. debscarey says:

    Janet, your headline was almost the title of one of the shows Himself likes to watch from time-to-time (Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives) – did it inspire you? šŸ™‚ We moved to a small town towards the southeast coast of the UK a short while before the pandemic, and I was surprised to see that they have a movie drive-in. I am very excited to give it a try having never been. I’ve watched films in the park at take your own chair and picnic events, but having a comfy car might swing Himself to the idea.

    Debs visiting this year from
    Debs Carey-NLP Coach

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  11. J-Dub says:

    How fun! Enjoy your dinner out!

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  12. I just ate dinner šŸ™‚ (laugh)
    Love the pictures

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  13. Glad you’re still in the game Janet – I’m enjoying your posts. Loved the party photos – you look like you’re having fun. A most excellent reaction on a date. šŸ™‚

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  14. Tamara says:

    Fun D activities for sure!
    I think I went to a Benihana with a couple of friends about 20 years ago. I remember the entertainment but not the food. Is that a bad sign?
    Happy Birthday, Bill!

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  15. E.A. Wickham says:

    We used to go to Benihana in Seattle for special events when I was a kid. I miss the drive ins, too.

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  16. It’s a pity that Drive-ins have been put of business!
    They’re so cool!!!

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