Ruby's Diner, A fun place on State road 66

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Sometimes we have all-nighters in the dance hall built on the back of the diner.

Ruby's diner located on State Road 66 in Hardee County, Flordia, it's small but quaint. The walls are covered with pictures of our beloved movie stars, mostly the old glossy black and white of yesteryears.

We serve the best food around and the deserts, what can I say? Scrumptious and heavenly are the words heard around town.

We open at five AM and close at ten PM nightly, that is if we don't have an all-nighter in the dance hall built on the back of the diner. Now, that's where we have a ball! We have an old jukebox with all the great records, rock-and-roll. rhythem-and-blues, country and believe it or not, opera, yes I said opera, we might be countryfied, but we still love opera. The best part, it only costs a quarter and if you hit the eject button your quarter jumps out for another play.

The highway patrol stops in everyday for lunch and fills us in on suspicious activities to be on the lookout for.

Last week we noticed a long black limo pulling into the Cozy Cone motel next door. We all swore it was Dustin Hoffman with a young, beautiful woman hanging on his arm. Of course we were all hoping they'd get hungry and stop in. The limo driver did come in and had a piece of pecan pie and a cup of hot coffee, when we asked him about who his passengers were, he just grinned and winked. They were all gone when we opened up the next morning. I couldn't keep from thinking about Mrs. Robinson, aha the good old movies in the good old days.

Our cook's name is Charlie and man oh man can he ever grill a steak!, you can cut it with a fork, and his chili is famous throughout the area and beyond. He refuses to say what all he puts in it, but I believe I can taste a little homemade wine, plus he serves a slice of good ole buttermilk cornbread with every meal.

Charlie is a laid-back sorta fella. He stands six feet tall, thin and muscular with a touch of gray throughout his thick, black hair. Rumor has it, he's sweet on Ashlyn our waitress whose barely five feet tall and cute as a button, long red hair pulled back in a neat ponytail. She's full of energy and works hard for her tips. I might add, she makes more than a minimum wage, so this past election didn't bother her none.

We get a variety of people who stops in, locals and travelers from the highway. I think what attracts them is our neon sign of Dorothy dancing a jig in her Ruby red slippers.

There's never a dull moment at Ruby's diner. I'm on my way to the Farmer's market to buy some fresh veggies. See you all, come back now, you hear? Oh wait-up I see another long black limo pulling into the Cozy Cone motel next door, are my eye's playing tricks on me?, is that Bette Midler getting out of the limo? Oh my! I see some funtime on the horizon!


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DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Oh, Ruby, you are a hoot and a half!!

Love the name of the Diner, too.

That Bette Midler can still entertain.

I have a trivia question for you and anyone else.

Who was Bette Midler's piano player and song writer back when

both were trying to catch their big break? And, Yes! They both

became very big stars. And, no cheating with high tech gadgetry.

Great story line, Ruby!

DJ.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Oh my goodness, table for 8 please. And can I get some quarters? And pecan pie, heck yeah. Rubys Diner - gotta love the name.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Love this Ruby...I'd love a bite to eat in your diner... and maybe Bette will put in an appearance. :) Nice job, what a fun read. Voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Table for one.... thousand!!!! love the hub the enteratinment and of course Bette Midler... fun .. love a perfect steak and to cut it with a fork..yeah that is a steak... hey check out the misspelling in this section for ruby... Bless you Frank .... There's never a dull moment at Rury's diner.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nicely approached! Fabulous entertainment and I enjoyed reading.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DJ., a hoot and a half, love it! I don't know who her piano player was, I'm sooo tempted to google it, but I won't. Maybe someone will know. Thank you for a fun comment.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hey Mike, Don't you miss Emerald Wells? Hee..Foods coming right up. Quarters on the house. So glad you came....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank, Rury--hee. I fixed it. Thank you. Would you believe I proofread this twice before hitting the publish button? Wow Charlie's gonna need help, one thousand Yea!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE, so glad you enjoyed. Thank you for coming by Ruby's diner..


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Ruby, your diner sounds like a happening place! What fun and I bet the food is great. I love diner food - especially breakfast.

I'm going to go out on a limb with DJ's question and guess it was Billy Joel.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Good guess, Sha, but not the correct answer.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

I'll visit you one day. Talk to Ashlyn and check out the Dustin Hoffman look alike. Cool and interesting Hub. Peace, Ruby


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hey Shauna, I have no idea who it was but I'll guess too. Was it Elton John? You're invited to come and eat breakfast on the house.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

DJ. how about my guess? I know he's gay and thay's how she got started, working with the gay community.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita, just a fun hub with a political jab. lol Ruby's mean. Hee..Come anytime you'll have fun and Ashlyn would love your poetry...


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

We have found your niche my friend. Great fun. Sign me up for a regular table nightly. LOL


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Thanks Ruby. having fun too. Sorry that I could not see the video. Not allowing me here in London.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, oh my, have I found my niche? I do know that I love writing about the good times and I've loved the movies since a child. I would escape and dream of far away places. I'll put your name on table six, so happy you'll come nightly...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Manatita, I'm sorry you couldn't see the video. I didn't know they were not allowed in London, why is that? Happy you're having fun....


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m abdullah javed 2 years ago

Hi Ruby nice Diner and enjoyed the food. It was a tasty experience of going through the lines. Thanks for the share.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ruby, this is fun! I love your diner and its history. Great story and the video is fantastic. Bette Midler is a favorite of mine. I sure would like to stop by for a steak and chili.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Boy oh boy, would I love to hang around in Ruby's Diner! You have made me smile all the way, Ruby. I feel like applying for a job :)


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello M abdullah javed. So glad you enjoyed the food, that Charlie is the best cook, come again and have a desert. Thank you..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Phyllis, A steak and chili coming up. So glad you watched the video. I love Bette too..Thank you...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. I need help, you've got the job! So good to see you..So happy I made you smile...Hugs..


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I'll have to admit, after mine and your guesses, Ruby, I cheated and looked it up. I'm curious to see who guesses the right answer without cheating.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Sorry, Ruby. Not Elton John. But, you are certainly in the correct

playing field.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Shauna, I think we're the only ones gussing. I'm gonna guess again. Would it be Sheryl Crow, John Lennon?


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

DJ. it must be a gay person, now who could it be? Lordy, I haven't a clue! Come on you hubbers guess! Hee This is fun....


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Sheryl Crow is too young. John Lennon lived in Liverpool when he was young. Neither of them are/were gay.

This guy got his first fame from writing commercial jingles. He could not find anyone willing to record his songs, so he sung them himself.

His first big hit came in the year 1970, and it was a woman's name,

like 'Amanda'.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Sorry DJ, I haven't the foggiest. But I did go out on a date, about a million years ago, with a young man who rushed me home at 10pm because he wanted to catch Miss Midler simulate a swim across a chair...and no the relationship didn't last, it was all downhill from there. Who would dare to compete with the divine Miss Midler.

Ruby, I'll be stopping by soon, keep an eye out for my Scoda, the limo is in the garage. :) A thoroughly enjoyable read.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Tobus, sounds like he was a very 'sweet guy'.

The mystery guest accompanied the Devine Ms. M. by playing the piano,

long before either was popular.

Ok, guys. This is a biggy.....I hear he played at the 'Copa'.

Hello...is anyone out there? It is a Saturday night. I guess some people have a social life.

I guess "I'll put on some old 45's".


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Sorry Ruby.

Don't know really. Just says not allowed in my country. Not to worry. Still an excellent Hub as I have mentioned.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

DJ, I know who it is but only because I cheated after I placed my guess. You've given a really good clue. I think only those who have several decades under their belts will even come close!

I'm with you on the 45s. Let's rock and roll! Or swing and sway.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Sha, I think it is time that we admit that everyone else has a social life, except for us. I know where they all are, They are at Ruby's Diner!!

Even now, I can't smile without you. Sha, this one's for you...cause, I'm trying to get the feeling again. It's a miracle that I made it through the rain.

If this doesn't work, I'll never smile again!!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Now I know! Barry Manilow sang Copacabama, is it him?


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

DING! DING!! DING!!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!!

Barry Manilow did sing Copacabana along with the other 10 songs I mentioned.

It is only right that the owner of Ruby's Diner win this contest!

Congratulations!! Ruby


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hey, Robert Redford just drove up in a limo, he ' ain't got a date, come on down, I'm puttin' quarters in the jukebox...Rock and roll!!!!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Just stopping in to see what is playing on the jukebox. Heck, while I am here I'll just grab a seat at the counter. I'd like a double hamburger with everything a big plate of french fries and a chocolate malt.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

The heck with Robert Redford, Mike's in the house! Hamburger, fries and a malt coming up. Barry Manilow is singing Copacabona, but soon Elvis joins the gang with jailhouse rock...


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m abdullah javed 2 years ago

Oh sure Ruby, its my pleasure. Thanks for the invite.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh I am LOVING this, Miss Ruby...jamming to Bette and Barry as I belly up to the bar hoping to get a big plate of scrapple, eggs, homefries and toast with plenty of coffee this chilly PA morning...!!

I will keep the jukebox warmed up until our pals stop in...thanks for what might be the happiest hub in town! Love you and hugs, mar


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Jo, I can't believe your date would rather watch the Devine on TV than neck with you. I'd keep an eye on your Scoda, but I haven't the foggiest what a Scoda is????? We'll keep the joint hopping til you get here...Humm Limo?


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

DJ. Did you put on the 45's, were they Barry Manilow? You have made this one fun hub!! Thank you so much...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Manatita, you can go to youtube and watch the video, it's really good, Cheers my friend...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Shauna, thank's so much for making this a fun hub, sounds like you were gonna have a good time, did you rock or sway? lol


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

m abdullah, happy you came back to join the party....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Mar, " belly up to the bar ", I can't stop laughing. We've had a blast with this one, little did I know that DJ. was going to play trivia, one of my most favotite games. Charlie has your order for breakfast, here's more quarters. Rock and roll!!!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I saw the lights still on at Ruby's Diner and thought I stopped in for a bite and a lot of coffee this overcast and chilly day. I would love a hot bowl of chili! Whoa, look who all have stopped by as well ... what fun! Keep those tunes going. I had no clue about DJ's question until she commented about "Copa".

And the beat goes on ...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

" And the beat goes on " Chili coming up... Copa is what got it for me, is he gay? I didn't know it. We have had a blast from the past Theresa, so glad you stopped in. Doing the twist with Fats playing the piano!!!!Hee.


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truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Very creative, gave me a Happy Days vibe so you must have milkshakes and poodle skirts. I would love to visit at Ruby's Diner and hope to see someone famous.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Ruby, I am on my way! lol! how great would that be? sounds amazing! loved your story! voted up and shared, nell


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Ruby, I love the divine Ms M especially singing the Rose. I know the answer to D.J. 's trivia question and I love B.M. also will not spoil it for someone else. I love music.

I have been to a diner like Ruby's, maybe it was Ruby's, I have been to Florida.

You sure know how to get a person excited.

Voted up, UABI and shared.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Hi, Ruby,

Bless your heart; I named so many Manilow songs in my hints.

From the song, "The Old Songs" the lyrics say he is going to put on some old 45's hoping the old songs will change his love's heart and make her want to stay.

The next is the nickname for Amanda, "Mandy", his first big hit.

"Even Now", one of my all time favorites.

"I Can't Smile Without You",

"This One's For You",

"I'm Trying To Get The Feeling Again",

"It's A Miracle",

"I Made It Through The Rain",...This was my success song after going through my divorce.

"I'll Never Smile Again",

And of course, The Copa, "Copacabana".

I counted 10 songs given as hints. They were incredibly popular.

If you are not really familiar with his songs, you can type in his name

and youtube and listen to some of his music.

He was always one of my favorite musicians. I still love his music.

He has had so much plastic surgery, he hardly looks like himself.

I suppose most of us do not look like our younger, vibrant selves.

He just finished a contract in Las Vegas and I think is on tour. I have been very fortunate to see countless numbers of performers. But, never have seen him. Just as well. I don't like the way he looks these days. Still love his music, though!

I am truly surprised that only Sha(who admitted looking it up), Ruby, and Shyron knew who this super star was even after naming 10 songs!

It was lots of fun.

We will do it again, another time.

DJ.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Awwwwwwww NUTS! I'm too late to play the game! I wouldn't have known anyway. I like both Bette and Barry.

DJ....how funny you made that comment about him. I love to listen to his music, but I can't really enjoy "watching" him perform. That's just a weird thing. There's something about his looks that upsets me...LOL


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ruby.....This is a real winner. I love it. I was just talking about the "diners in the '50's & '60's" that my friends and I used to love to go to. In fact that was where we would all meet up before a dance or a party...

What a wonderful walk down memory lane! Really like Bette Midler too and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy! Thanks so much for this one, Ruby. You brought me right back there. UP+++


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I love diners and pie and juke boxes and steak and Bette Midler and everything else about this story. Great Job Ruby.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Everyone loves this hub Ruby and no wonder. Voted up up and away plus shared . Here's to wishing you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello truthfornow. I think we all can remember a special diner we loved to go to when we were teens. I loved ' Happy Days ' too, those were the good old days, poodle skirts and milkshakes. Hey, come on in, you might meet someone famous, if not, we'll still have fun, dancing the night away...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Yea! Nell is on her way! I'll keep the lights on and the music blaring, come hungry, foods on me...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. I was surfing the internet and saw the picture of Ruby's diner. I read that it was a great place to eat, so I got the idea for a fun hub. So glad you enjoyed. We both love music..Yea...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

I was always so ' smitten ' with Elvis, I really didn't listen to Barry that much. I will go check him out on utube. DJ. you added so much fun to this piece. You should write a hub on trivia and have we hubbers guess. I used to love playing trivia games. I can't believe that I only knew that one song. Thank you again my friend..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Paula, so glad I brought you back to the good old days. I think we all miss the fun times back before the adult days took us away. I love Bette too. I watched Johnny Carson's last show when Bette sang. When Johnny started crying, I cried right along with him. Thank's for coming by...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hell Eddy. I though it was time for some make-believe fun. So happy to see you. Thank you for sharing....


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carter06 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Love Pecan pie & a good cup of coffee..and a bit of rock & roll..Ruby's sure sounds like the place to be:) such a fun hub..cheers


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

Tasty and star struck.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi again, Ruby. I meant to ask you about the "hub challenge". Who challenged you to write the hub? Is the challenge open to everybody? It is such a great idea and you did it so well.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello carter06, nice to meet you. Happy you thought this was a fun hub. I loved writing it, and I would rather dance than eat. lol. Thank you..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Poetryman6969, Happy to meet you. Your tasty and star struck comment is right-on. I've had a love for movie stars and music all my life. Thank you...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Phyllis, I started it. I should have said that it was open to all who wanted to write. I hope you will join in. I know it will be good. I like your humor...Thank's again..


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ok - good idea. But, are we to write our own hub on our own diner or just comment on yours?


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Phyllis, just use the Ruby's diner picture and go from there on your own hub, so glad you are going to add to this. There are many possibilities like who comes to the motel, the highway patrol hanging around and what famous person stops by etc...


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radhikasree 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

I liked the quaint settings of Ruby diner very much. Had a nice hanging about through this poem...


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Susan Recipes 2 years ago from India

Wow.. I enjoyed reading your Diner.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I can hear the music, the silhouettes on the shades, open up...it's after midnight, we're gonna' let it all hang down... Wow, Ruby, I've been missing out on the party here. What a blast to find Ruby 's Diner serving up food and fun. Hope I'm not too late to get a chocolate shake and some fries. You know, I just loved The Graduate and all the songs from that flick. I'll put quarter in the juke box and play a few tunes.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi Ruby, can I get a coffee and some scrambled eggs and pancakes?


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I'm there! We don't need reservations -- right? Ruby's Diner is so great, I would think that business would be spilling out into the parking lot. Pecan pie is one of my favs, and I'll have an order of that steak you can cut with a fork. The ambiance is perfect and I can hear the music...I'll be hearing it all morning. Your wonderful story brought a huge smile, Ruby, and warm fuzzies on a bitter cold November morning. Thank you!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Scoot over, Genna. I'm hungry, too. Bacon and cheese omelet for me with a mug of coffee please. Morning everyone.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Ruby, just read your comment on Mike's latest and your e-mail to Martie and the Sistas...ever so sorry you have been under the weather.

Hoping you will absolutely rest up, delete as many e-mail notices as you can and know that we all totally understand...and get yourself good and better for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Now, let me get behind this griddle in my apron (puleeze no giggles from Sista Peg.....) - pssst, I know you can cook, and I'll slice this pie and cake like I know what I'm doing, no problem! Plenty of coffee and tea for all...

Happy Day to everyone. Love and hugs, mar


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree. So glad you enjoyed. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, I'm so glad you came and enjoyed. Thank you..


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby, mar, Peg and everyone. Lemon Meringue Pie please. Something a little tart and a coffee. What a nice place to hang out on a Saturday afternoon break.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg, I just knew you'd show up for our party. Chocolate shake and fries comin' up. I'm glad to know you liked the movie ' Graduate ' It's one of my favorite movies. Here's some more quarters. Rock and roll baby!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hey Mike, I knew you would be back., scrambled eggs and pancakes comin' up. What a fun time...Reminds me of something but can't quite put my finger on it...Hee..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. Never need a reservation and we're open 24-7. Pecan pie and steak comin' up. Huge smile and warm fuzzies! Who could ask for more? Hugs my sweet friend...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Morning Peg. You sound like you're hungry. Bacon and cheese omelet is in the mixin' with a mug of hot coffee. Good to see you again..Enjoy my friend..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Bless you Mar. I knew you'd come in and help Charlie while I was sick with the nasty bug, talk about green yuck, I had it..Doing much better. Pie, cake, coffee and tea on the house for the best cook around. That's good news that I was unfamiliar with. Hee..Love and hugs galore...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. Lemon meringue pie and coffee sounds so good. Let's all go get the big round table and talk about the good old days when we could dance all night and go to work the next day..Wooah!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hellooo always, I just stepped out of my white 1992 Sunbird (parked at a safe distance away so not too block the celebrity's limos) and I see the lineup to Ruby's Diner goes right down to the end of the block and around the corner!

I am so glad that I have my reservation...Now that you've created Ruby's Ruby I'm wondering what the Hub challenge was that started it? Please do tell the secret to your success!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

I'm back Ms exploring, Realized I had misrepresented myself, it's a 1990 Sunbird with a large dent in the passenger side door!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Dance all night, dance a little longer...ahhh, the good old days. I remember them fondly. Sorry to hear you've had a bout of the green yuck, Ruby. Let Mar and I take the kitchen for a bit while you sit it out. Lemon meringue pie and a coffee? Sounds good, Mike. Over easy!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ruby, I'm so sorry you caught a bug. I only hope it isn't the one I suffered with for two weeks. I'll take a slice of that pie for lunch, and some of that delicious coffee. Happy Sunday everyone!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Snakeslane. Nice to see you on this rainy Sunday afternoon. Wow a 1992 sunbird!Come on in and have some good food and perhaps a sip of tea. The challenge is from me. I thought perhaps someone would want to continue with the story on their hub, we've been doing that a lot lately and it's fun. You just pick up the story where I ended mine. Thank's for stopping by Ruby's diner... Oh I see you came back, 1990 huh with a banged up side, that's ok, let's talk what happened...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg. Yep sick-sick-sick. I can't remember ever having such crud. My favorite color has always been green, not anymore! You and Mar are a God-send. Please feel free to cook up a storm and play the jukebox, maybe Elvis will make me stop this damn coughing! lala, pull off your shoes throw em in the corner, don't see why you don't stay a little longer..lala


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. Pie and coffee comin' up. I finally had to go to the Doctor. He said it was a sinus infection but I think he missed diagnosed. My lungs are affected, coughing up yellow/green, of course that could be a drainage from my sinus, whatever, I hope this on no-one. You sound like you might have had the same thing, oh my, I hope it won't last two weeks. Take care and enjoy the pie and hot coffee..Hugs..


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Oh you poor dear. I'm putting on a large kettle of homemade chicken soup. That will be good for what ails you. Hoping you are feeling much better soon. Stay all night...stay a little longer. There are a couple of Bluegrass singers who visit the place where Mom lives and they sing this song. I took some video the other day but the background is really dark. They sing a lot of other ones from that era by Hank Williams and Roy Acuff.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hi Ruby, Peg, Genna, Mike, 'Charlie' and all the 'Ruby regulars',

Coming in a little late for my shift with Peg as I just got in from seeing GodSpell with my sister at the university (can you believe "I" got emotional...oh my) Bringing in a dessert tray to go with that delicious soup...and let's crank up the juke box, here is a roll of quarters.... maybe we can convince Elvis to drop by...!

Hugs to all and have a peaceful Sunday night, mar


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Someone say, "Sock Hop" Quarters, Juke Box, Dance floor, OK. and dessert.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What fun that must have been, Mar. And what a gorgeous dessert tray. Juke box is blaring and we are on the lookout for Elvis. I just saw a pink Cadillac drive past. Maybe...just maybe.

Mck, "Sock Hop, quarters, juke box, dance floor" and dessert. Yehaw!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg. Aha, chicken soup! Yea..My mother loved Hank Williams, Roy Acuff but her favorite, Ernest Tubb. She had a glossy black and white picture on her dresser. I remember once when I was little she bought tickets to see him and he was a no-show. I remember she got so upset. I kinda like Hank Jr. but not that much...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Mar, what would I do without you and Peg. Hired help is so hard to find. I can smell the chichen soup..Yummy! I feel better yea. If you will ckeck the cobbyhole, I have some special tea, it's on the second shelf to the right. I can hear the jukebox. Elvis is there in spirit. Here's some more quarters..Boogie woogie!!!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hey Mike. You made it back for the sock hop and good ole chicken soup. Dessert comin' up. Keep a sharp eye on the girls if they start to sippin' Lordy, good times are here again.. 'Yes we can' Hee.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Peg, did you say pink cadillac? Hot dog, my dream is comin' true! That dessert tray looks scrumptious. Woopee..Stay all night, dance a little longer, pull off your shoes, throw em in the corner, don't see why you don't stay a little longer......


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ruby…just stopping b to wish you a warm and enjoyable Thanksgiving. (We celebrated with family last weekend.) I hope that cold has left and that you’re feeling better. Mine finally left two days before family arrived at our house last weekend, but I’m still feeling a bit tired. ) Aside from an outing we have planned on Sunday, I plan to live in my PJ’s for the next three days; write Christmas cards; read and write. (No excuses.)

I’ll have some piping hot tea with a side order of that pecan pie. Then, I’m off to invite Mike, Maria, Peg, Becky, Faith, you, and everyone to the Frosty Mug for a cold one before the big day.

Enjoy, everyone! Hugs.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. I am feeling much better. Thank you. The big day is over and I'm tired too, still coughing up yuck. I must go to town today, but after that I think I'll do exactly like you're doing. PJ'S, read and write. Pecan pie and piping hot tea comin' up. Always so good to see you my friend. Peace and love...


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rebeccamealey 23 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a wonderful-sounding place! It would make a good movie set!


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello rebeccamealey. I had a ball thinking this up. I wish it was a real place and we all could meet and have a ball together. Thank you for coming by Ruby's diner...


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dahoglund 23 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Diner's are great, aren't they? In my old neighborhood in Minneapolis, I think there are a couple of them left. sharing.


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bradmasterOCcal 23 months ago from Orange County California

Interesting story.

We have Ruby's in California. We have one on the pier in Newport Beach with great views of the Sunsets, and Catalina Island.

We also have one in Orange Ca on the train station.

I think your story is more interesting as I don't know the stories from these locations.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello bradmasterOCcal. This is just a story I dreamed up after seeing Ruby's diner on the internet. I guess they are everywhere. This is pure fiction, a genre I love. Thank you..


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ladyguitarpicker 21 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

I like your story sounds like a lot of fun, and love the old stars. I remember the good old jukebox and the sock hop.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Sorry I missed your comment. I had fun writing this piece. The jukebox and the sock hop were the fun places to be. Happy you liked my story. Thank you much..

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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