My folks decided at some point to purchase another restaurant called The Spot. We had been customers there before we ever bought the place. It was a Mexican Food restaurant which admittedly is the best food on the planet. I just wish everyone would acknowledge this, especially in the great, frozen north where I now live.
It was at The Spot where I first learned the practice of putting salsa on top of something crispy to eat. But at the age of eight or nine I wasn’t ready for the real thing and embarrassing as it is to admit it, I used ketchup for a while instead of salsa. Blech!
It was at The Spot that I got my first taste for rock-n-roll music. They had an old jukebox which took some sort of coinage. I only remember playing two songs on it. One song was Muskrat Love by Captain and Tennille. I liked that song for a while but my affinity for it has passed. The second song I played on that jukebox was a rock song by Heart called Barracuda. Now that is a good song and I still listen to it from time to time.
I was thrilled when my parents purchased The Spot because the lovely jukebox was mine! For a while at least.
Eventually The Spot became just another boring restaurant in which I had to bide my time at. I guess I was about eight years old when they bought it and I remember my mom picking me up at the Christian school and bringing me to The Spot. She would dish up a bowl of rice and a bowl of refried beans for me and I would eat them in the smaller dining room which was hardly ever used. If customers happened to be eating in there I would wonder what they thought of a child dining alone. They probably figured I was the owner’s kid and they would have been correct, but I think I probably hoped that they would think I was some sort of highly sophisticated kid being able to dine alone in a restaurant…a junior food critic perhaps.
I also remember thinking that The Spot was haunted. I’m not sure what gave me this idea but it creeped me out a little. At eight I was too old to really believe in monsters anymore, but believing in haunted houses and buildings was not beyond my eight years. Other than that I can’t recall much else of The Spot.