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Speechless Sunday-Let the music play

Juke Box

The other day I was having breakfast with my husband in a diner when I suddenly had the impulse to pop a quarter into the juke box and let the music play.  Mark you, I have never used one of these machines before.

My husband immediately sensed that one of my impulsive moments was about to become reality, and emphatically said no to this.

I did not give up. Immediately,  I asked wouldn't you like some Ray Coniff music with breakfast?

 Of course, the answer was no,  and he added that the other customers wouldn't want it either.

Really, I can't be the only one who has had such an impulse right?

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Comment balloon 17 commentsJennifer Fivelsdal • October 17 2010 09:52PM


Hmmm he said no?  Let me smack him for you! ;) I've seen them, played them and enjoyed them :) 

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 9 years ago

Why have a jukebox with no music playing??  I would have put the quarter in!!  And I would have wagered a bet with hubbie.  "Watch, I'll put a quarter in and pick a song, and I'll bet there will be someone else who will do the same thing right after me!"  :-)

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

Jukebox is there I would think it was your choice !...:0)


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 9 years ago

Jennifer....Ray Conniff?  Were you there with my father?  Good for you!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 9 years ago

Liz they never seem to play the juke box in the diners I have been to, it is just there as a reminder of the past.

Carla I should have gotten the party started:)

Hannah I think he was more concern that the music might disturb other customers.

Larry I don't think the choice got any better :)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

I love the old jukeboxes.. and yes, I have had that impulse and I have acted on it!  The funny part is that others followed suit and we enjoyed some "oldies but goodies". Music impulses are Always good impulses!  Hope you go to exercise yours.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

These machines are full of fun, I have seen great old machines on North Pole that are amazing, or like the shrek movie !

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 9 years ago

Hi Jennifer,

Jukebox? Now you're talking about my era here. I remember them well.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 9 years ago

Jennifer, I'm with you if a jukebox is there then it is there to be played.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

OMG - just how young are you? To not have used a jukebox?  It's music LONG before the ipod.  It's the best!!

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago

LOL.  It's been such a long time since I've used one of those.  And, I remember as a kid loving to flip through the song selections.  I can't believe this was the first time or you.  That is so funny.  Good for you following your impulse.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 9 years ago

Jennifer - I love places that are retro 1950ish.  We have a Casper's Hamburger place here in the Greater Sacramento Region, as well as Mel's Diner, which continue the theme.  I'm looking at your photo and notice the little jukebox is advertising that it has the "latest" technology - STEREO.  "Mono" - a word from the past:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 9 years ago

I definitely would have dropped the quarter into the machine when he was not looking:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Jennifer - I remember having so much fun flipping through all the songs and arguing about which song to play first!

Posted by Peggy Dowcett, 978.302.3988, Concord, MA - Mass Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Jennifer - Music is the one thing that unites the world. I don't see the harm in playing the jukebox to wake people up and I guarantee you it would be an ice breaker. You may have made new friends that day! My dentist has a juke box in his waiting room. They call him the Rockin' Doc.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Hi Jennifer... what a great childhood memory for me.  As kids, my brother and I used to love going to the diner with my folks and playing with those juke boxes!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Hi Jennifer - I get the same erge too when I am in one of local diners.  Glad you indulged!  

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 9 years ago

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