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    I do the polka with father inlaw at every wedding. Him and my mother an law really get down and boogie. they are 100% german polka nuts. they even sing all the words. Weddings on that side of the family are a hoot. You get nothing on YMCA, line dances or Marcarena but start up the occordian and it is a stampede to the dance floor, and look out cuz they. will. mow. you. down!

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    My dad spent some time in Germany after WWII and his most favorite place to eat was in the nearby city of Sarasota at a German restaurant that was started by German circus folk (Sarasota used to be the winter headquarters for the Ringling Brother's Circus and there were lots of circus folk there). Anyway, this restaurant was pure FUN. They had a German Ompah band and did a lot of polkas and I was always amazed at the people that would get up and dance the polka. the band, the waitresses and all dressed in traditional German costume and it was a LOT of fun. Sadly the place was closed and torn down and a Walgreens put on that spot. I will always have a soft spot for polkas because of the great memories I have of going to the Heidleburg Castle with my parents so often.

    And this leads me to another fad: Drugstores on every corner. Walgreens has a stores so close together here and then you have some corners that have a Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid taking up 3 corners at an intersection. They are EVERYWHERE. (although I secretly love Walgreens)
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    I must admit mrd, I'd rather drugstores on every corner than a Starbucks or 7-11, . I guess that's because I don't drink coffee.

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    We don't have 7-11's here and I miss them. I would love to have the occasional slurpee and my husband misses the jalepeno death dogs he used to get at 7-11. (his name for their hotdogs that he would pile peppers on).
    I'm with you on Starbucks. I drink coffee, but I hate theirs.

    But Walgreens is ridiculous. There are 3 within 2 miles of me. That's really close together if you ask me. But again, I like Walgreens, so I won't complain too much. I wrote corporate a really nice letter about the pharmacist and the pharm. techs at the one I frequent (they are SUPER nice and have gone OUT OF THEIR WAY for me) and now when I go in, the manager and other staff greet me by name and the pharm. staff just about shove each other out of the way to wait on me. It's hilarious. Who knew a complimentary letter would go so far?? I feel like a Walgreens celebrity now.
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    I am sounding old at 50 but I don't give a rats behind. I miss the corner grocery, corner drugstore and the sweet shop down the block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel;3165082;
    I am sounding old at 50 but I don't give a rats behind. I miss the corner grocery, corner drugstore and the sweet shop down the block.
    I really miss the drugstore that was in town when I was a kid. They had a soda fountain and a grill. You could get a REAL cherry coke and a hamburger and look at comics while you ate it. It was the gathering spot downtown for everyone and it's sad that it's gone. They used to deliver prescriptions to people too.
    We didn't have a sweet shop, but the drugstore had ice cream and candy so it doubled I guess.

    Amazingly enough there are still a couple of old type pharmacies here in Greenville (no grill and no soda fountain though) and a couple of the corner type grocery stores. I was in one today and I think I drive miles out of my way to go there because it reminds me of the grocery store when I was little (that and they have GREAT meat prices. But then I have to go to a chain to get other stuff as they are so small that they don't have a lot of what I regularly buy. So today was 2 grocery stores and a roadside produce stand. Long day of food shopping)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel;3164969;
    Now a Polka is something else. Let me state that I cannot dance so I never have, but my Uncle Gene EU gene who is 80 and Polish can dance a POLKA around all of us..
    I'm Polish, grew up on Milwaukee Polish weddings, and probably learned to Polka before I learned to walk. Besides the "Bunny Hop" and "Hokey Pokey," the funniest thing about the Polka bands at our weddings was that at every wedding, they would play their version of "Proud Mary" -- "for da young folks!" We had a running joke that the couple wasn't officially married until the band played "Proud Mary."

    Some college friends of ours, when they got married, paid the band extra to specifically NOT play "Proud Mary." The happy couple made the unfortunate mistake of letting us know about this, so a bunch of their good friends (ahem!) got together and pitched in for a cheap band to come in during the real band's break to play -- you guessed it! -- "Proud Mary"! (Well, shoot, what kind of friends would let their friends risk not being officially married?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;3165088;
    I really miss the drugstore that was in town when I was a kid. They had a soda fountain and a grill. You could get a REAL cherry coke and a hamburger and look at comics while you ate it. It was the gathering spot downtown for everyone and it's sad that it's gone. They used to deliver prescriptions to people too.
    We didn't have a sweet shop, but the drugstore had ice cream and candy so it doubled I guess.
    We have a great place here. It used to be a full service pharmacy (with delivery) and also had a soda fountain, grill and candy section. It's been around since my mom was a kid (mid 1940s). Now, the pharmacy is long gone, but they do sell candy and a few toiletry items like toothpaste and shampoo. However, they STILL have the soda fountain and grill and you can belly up to the bar there and get the best Limeade EVER! They also have great shakes and malts (all made by hand) and the food is pretty good too.
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    FOND memories of doing the polka at weddings. My dad was a GP and a lot of his patients were Polish. My earliest memory of the polka is dancing with my dad with my feet on his. My other favorite polka/wedding memory was when my sister and I were waitresses at the country club (mid-70s and our uniforms were SHORT!!!) and all the waitstaff were polka-ing in the kitchen when a wedding reception was going on. Good times. I have a CD of Polka music that I play in my classroom and demonstrate.
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    While not Polish, I gew up in a Polish neighborhood and went to the neighborhood Polish church and school. Our next door neighbors were an elderly couple who followed around a band called Happy Louie and his Polka Band. They would go wherever this band was playing kind of like Polka Deadheads.....Polkaheads??
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