Paul Mahfouz saw a Washington Post article about guitarist Les Paul that quoted Paul reminiscing: “ ‘There’s a fellow sitting in the rumble seat of one of the parked cars, and he writes a note to the carhop.’ ” Then either Paul or the Post explained that “ ‘Carhop’ is what they used to call waitresses at drive-in restaurants.”
Mahfouz wonders if carhop is such an antique phrase that it needs explanation. He notes that the Post article did not explain rumble seat.
There aren’t as many drive-in restaurants with carhops as there once were, but the SONIC chain still has carhops, and still calls them that. This is from the SONIC web site: “SONIC Drive-In Carhops have been serving up beloved American food and signature SONIC favorites at ‘the speed of sound’ since 1953. … Carhops still deliver food prepared-to-order right to your car.”
SONIC even explains the origin of the term. “ ‘Carhops,’ as the servers were called, was a moniker from the early days of drive-in restaurants [about 1935, according to Random House], when servers jumped onto the running boards of early-day automobiles driving onto the lot and directed them to their parking spots.”
Running board needs explanation, for all except the geezers. A running board was a small ledge that used to be on the outside of cars under the doors, supposedly to help passengers get in and out. But gangsters would stand on the running board while the car was going at full speed, hanging on with one hand and firing a Tommy gun with the other. Movie gangsters did that, anyway.
The rumble seat became extinct even before the running board. It was “A seat recessed into the back of a coupe or roadster, covered by a hinged lid that opens to form the back of the seat when in use.” Nancy Drew’s yellow roadster had a rumble seat, I’m sure. (Nancy Drew sang with Les Paul.) There was no roof over the rumble seat. People who sat there were exposed to the elements. That may have contributed to its decline in popularity.
Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
I am frustrated and angry with those who claim the only chance of future success is for the Democratic Party, especially in the South and Midwest, to abandon speaking directly to women and people of color and the LGBT community and instead focus on the economy and other "more comfortable" topics in order to win back some of the center.
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So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.