Pops Restaurant is in Arcadia, Oklahoma, right off Route 66 not fifteen minutes from my home. Pops is known around these parts for two things: their vast selection of bottled pop, and the giant pop bottle that stands outside. Let’s start with that.
As you’re coming down Route 66 you’ll see this pop bottle over the horizon before you get to the restaurant itself. The bottle stands 66 feet tall; during the day it’s white, but at night the bottle is lit up with multi-colored LED lights.
The building itself is wrapped mostly in glass, so from outside you can see some of the bottles lining the windows. The bottles on display in the windows are glued down and are for display only, but don’t worry; they have all of these (and more) for sale inside.
The rainbow-colored display of pop is beautiful to look at. Not only do the bottles wrap around the walls but they continue into the freezer area. After you order your food you can head on over to the coolers and select any bottle of pop you like. Like root beer? Pops probably has at least 50 different ones to choose from. Miss drinking Orange Crush from a glass bottle? They’ve got it. The last time we went my son had a Jolly Rancher Watermelon, my daughter had a Rocket Fizz Fluids Green Cooler, my wife picked a Jelly Belly Crushed Pineapple and I grabbed a bottle of Jones Blue Bubble Gum. If you like, you can grab an empty six pack carrier and mix and match six bottles to take home with you as well. Pops’ website says they currently have at least 600 different flavors of bottled pop to choose from, but that number varies throughout the year.
The best time to visit Pops is during the summer. Pops is also a gas station, and on summer nights you can grab a table and watch the long line of classic cars cruising Route 66 stop by to gas up, all while eating a burger and sipping on an ice cold bottle of root beer. Sit there long enough and you’ll see the sun go down and the the giant 66′ tall pop bottle out front light up.
As a kid, it was always a treat for me to have a cold, glass bottle of soda during the summer all to myself. Those cold bottles and wild flavors bring back a lot of nostalgia for me.
Funko recently announced a new line of Ghostbusters-themed Pop Vinyls, arriving in May of 2014. So far the company has released pictures of Egon Spengler, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Slimer, and a 6″ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Also rumored to be arriving (but yet to be seen) are Winston Zeddemore and the Ghostbusters’ primary mode of transportation, the Ecto-1.
The 80s spawned an era of entry level, consumer synthesizers that could make ANYONE sound like Herbie Hancock!
While the pros were using the Yamaha DX7, Prophet 5 or Ensoniq Mirage, the department store crowd were enjoying cost effective PCM synths that had 50 instruments (which all sounded the same), drum beats (that looped after two measures) and automatic rhythm accompaniment (that was about as dynamic as a geriatric Oom-pah band.)
However, what if you wanted to record yourself saying “jammin’ on the one” and put it to music, but you weren’t as lucky as Theo Huxtable who got to visit Stevie Wonder?
Well, now you could do it home, with the awesome Casio SK-1.
Sadly, all this tool could think of doing was sampling his sad sack dog. Also, notice the disclaimer at the end. This keyboard, as I recall, was only 4 note polyphonic – meaning it can only have 4 keys depressed at one time. That pretend playing in the commercial was not possible on the SK-1.
Later, they made the SK-5, which allowed for more samples to be stored on the keyboards memory, as well as…a drum pad. I bought one for ten dollars off a friend of mine about a month after he got it.
Like any serious soda person, I prefer my pop to be sweetened with Sugar Cane rather than Corn Syrup. I do not have a health reason for this, I just think Sugar Cane based sodas taste better/crisper. Now I have always been more of a Coke drinker, but since Coke has made it very difficult for me to procure the sugar based Mexi-Coke I have started searching for alternatives. That search may have ended with the upcoming release of Pepsi Throwback.
Hot on the foreign release success of other Sugar Cane based projects, the geniuses at PepsiCo have finally decided the give the nation what it has been clamoring for, Real Pepsi (with a different name). I plan on supporting this project unconditionally in the hopes that it will spur Pepsi to make cane sugar a permanent part of their lineup or *gasp* bring it back into production on its flagship brand.
Coke fans should remember that if Pepsi Throwback is a success we will see some copying by the Atlanta bottler. Look for Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback on US shelves this April. Get in line behind me.