Way Back Playback: The Friday Edition

Woo hoo! Happy Friday!

I’m heading off to BFF Debbie’s shortly for Girls Night! It’s BYOB – being the heavy drinker that I am, I’m going to try this carbonated water tonight:

fizzzzzy water!! perrier is my usual go-to; we'll see how this measures up! it was more $!

We’re each contributing an app, too. My pick:

hummus and salsa from vincenzo's; veggie platter from valu!

And I won’t try to pass the hummus off as “my own!” Can’t wait for chitchat/gossip/visiting/social time with girlfriends!!


I have always loved Fridays. Even back in grade school, I eagerly anticipated our family’s celebration of the weekend’s arrival all day long. I have nothing but happy memories of our typical Friday evenings. Circa 1980, here’s how things went down chez nous…

My family didn’t eat out a lot, likely due to financial and nutritional reasons. But Friday evenings? You’d find us (and many other middle-class suburbanites of the era) at Ponderosa.

Typically, the line-up to get in was literally out the door. But it always moved quickly. At the start of the cafeteria-style line, Dad would place the order for our family. Ponderosa made its name on red meat: I have vague memories of many plates that looked like this:


But I always got fried fish and french fries. And The Brother and I each got a POP!!! Soda was NOT a staple in our household, and this beverage (with free drink refills!!!!) was such a treat.

After placing your order, you grabbed a tray and progressed along the slow-moving line, collecting your salad, dessert (if so tempted), and drink. You Dad paid at the end of the line, and then we would find seats at the solid wooden tables. The decor was decidedly old west: visions of wagon wheels, wooden barrells, and cowboy-hatted wait staff are firmly lodged in my head.

But supper out was not the end of Friday Night Good Times! After supper, it was home for…


…our favourite show: Dukes of Hazzard. The Brother and I adored this show, and we’d be glued to the tv, completely absorbed in the predictable yet hilarious (to our young minds) antics of Boss Hogg, Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane, Uncle Jesse, Daisy, and Bo & Luke.  

The show ended at 9 p.m. which meant that we were up past our bedtime!! Another Friday Night GoodGoodBingo! Think we slept in, then, in the morning? WRONG!!! Saturday mornings were meant for one thing and one thing only: cartoons! But, as they used to say on Hammy Hamster

“…that is another story.”

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  • Gina Unger  On January 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Loved going to Ponderosa, too! That one and Mother’s Pizza! Brought back great memories.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      ahhhh! yes – mother’s pizza!! that might have been our quarterly saturday night outing! remember the old silent movies they played?!! (we got pop with pizza night, too!)

  • Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA  On January 15, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I love hearing your childhood memories! They sound a lot like my mom’s. She also got to drink soda once a week and it was sooo exciting.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 15, 2011 at 5:19 am

      thanks for your comment!! haha, when you’re little it doesn’t take much to “rock your world,” does it!?! have a great weekend!

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