Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Diner Dreams

Diner Dreams
Diner Dreams 6 I'm wearing:

1. Denim jacket, from Zara.
2. Striped polo shirt, from Uniqlo.
3. Super skinny jeans in black, from H&M.
4. White sneakers, from Gola Classics.
5. Rings, from H&M.
Get a similar look with East Dane
Bradley leather sneakers, from Clae // Denim jacket, from AMI // Clean polo, from McQ-Alexander McQueen // Sonic new black jeans, from Cheap Monday.
Diner Dreams 3
I didn't get to travel a lot when I was little; money was a bit tight and, I don't know, I guess my parents weren't big fans of travelling far, it was always the East coast (to see my dad's side of the family) or the West (to see my mom's). I was one of those kids that watched a million American TV shows and movies, that made me fall in love with a culture that wasn't truly mine but, hey, who says you can't treasure something that feels yours, even if no one else understands?

One of the things that resonated in mind for ages was the idea of diners. Those places that were in the middle of the road, with a robust lady taking orders, people eating pancakes, drinking unlimited coffee, asking for the day's specials and decorated in a retro-1950's manner. Man, going to one of those was a big dream of mine when I was younger. Funny enough, I saw one a few years ago when I went to Los Angeles and didn't even bother to go in, haha. 

Well, during this winter break, I went to Mel's with my family. Mel's has been there since 1947 and I loved everything about it. Of course, the diner experience wasn't quite like I saw on TV but I still had an amazing burger, played with a jukebox and my robust waitress turned out to be a really really pretty girl, so no complaints on my behalf. If you have a dream, even if it's one as silly as going to an American diner, don't let it be forgotten; just because it's a non-ambitious one, doesn't mean it's not important.

// Cuando era niño, nunca tuve la oportunidad de viajar mucho; no había tanto dinero y, no sé, supongo que mis papás no eran aficionados de viajar lejos, siempre era la costa Este (para ver a la familia de mi papá) o hacia el Oeste (para ver a la de mi mamá). Yo fui uno de esos niños que vieron un millón de películas y series estadounidenses, eso hizo que me enamorara de una cultura que no era verdaderamente mía pero, hey, ¿quién dice que no puedes atesorar algo que se siente tuyo, aún cuando nadie más lo entiende?

Una de las cosas que resonaron en mi mente por mucho tiempo fue la idea de los diners. Esas cafeterías en medio de la carretera, con una mujer robusta tomando órdenes, gente comiendo hot cakes, tomando café ilimitado, preguntando por los especiales del día y decorado en una moda retro de 1950. Les juro, ir a uno de esos era un sueño grande que tenía de niño. Irónicamente, vi uno hace algunos años cuando fui a Los Angeles y ni siquiera entré, jaja.

Pues, durante mis vacaciones de invierno, fui a Mel's con mi familia. Mel's ha existido desde 1947 y amé todo al respecto. Por supuesto, mi experiencia de diner no fue tan similar a lo que vi en la televisión pero aún así comí una hamburguesa deliciosa, jugué un poco con una rocola y mi mesera robusta terminó siendo una niña muy muy bonita, así que no hay quejas por aquí. Si tienen un sueño, aún si es algo tan tonto como ir a un diner estadounidense, no lo dejen ser olvidado; sólo porque no es un sueño muy ambicioso no significa que sea irrelevante.
Diner Dreams 5 Diner Dreams 2 Diner Dreams 4 Diner Dreams 7 Love always,
Henry.

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