The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Opinion

January 26, 2013

LIFE BEHIND THE PINE CURTAIN: Story of an East Texas Supper Club

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Life Behind the Pine Curtain  is a series of anecdotes collected and edited by Herald-Press Publisher Gary Connor.

In 1950 a group of 15-year-old girlfriends from Palestine discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Dairy Queen not far from the Pine Tree restaurant because they had only $6 among them and Jimmy Johnson, the cute boy in Social Studies, lived on that street.

Ten years later, the group of 25-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Pine Tree restaurant because the beer was cheap, the restaurant offered free snacks, the band was good, there was no cover and there were lots of cute guys.

Ten years later, the group of 35-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for their annual dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Pine Tree restaurant because the cosmos were good, it was right near the gym and, if they went late enough, there wouldn't be too many whiny little kids.

Ten years later, the group of 45-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Pine Tree restaurant because the martinis were big and the waiters had tight pants and nice buns.

Ten years later, the group of 55-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for their dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Pine Tree restaurant because the prices were reasonable, the wine list was good, the restaurant had windows that opened (in case of hot flashes), and fish is good for cholesterol.

Ten years later, the group of 65-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Pine Tree restaurant because the lighting was good and the restaurant had an early bird special.

Ten years later, the group of 75-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for their dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Pine Tree restaurant because the food was not too spicy and the restaurant was handicap-accessible.

Ten years later, the group of 85-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for their annual dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Pine Tree restaurant because they had never been there before.

 

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