The speaker is a 59-year-old White woman with a high school education from Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania; she was recorded in 1968.
|Inf: We were out in Chicago at a, a Elks Convention. So, um, they were all ordering steaks, ten dollars. So I thought, phooey, I couldn???t eat it all. So I, I ordered fresh fruit platter. Gee, it had everything from soup to nuts in it [FW: Hmm]. Strimp-, uh, strawberries, and uh, all of the fruit, nectarines and, uh, it was three and a half. But I thought, that???s better than wasting a steak [FW: Yeah, that???s right].
But it was a real plush place, you know, the-, they had one of those um, had a, a waiter and then uh, they had a, um, oh, in the movies you see them with the green satin tunic and the fed-, fez hats. Turban? What do you call those? _____, remember that nightclub in Chicago? _____? [Aux Inf: Yeah?] Where the colored boy come out in that satin outfit, the white turban and a jewel?
Aux Inf: Wasn???t that out west or east?
Inf: Yeah [Aux Inf: One of the???]. No, that was in, at, the expensive nightclub.
Aux Inf: Yeah, well that???s the one, was the hotel, east or west, I???ve forgotten what the???
Inf: And uh, oh, he had the white satins, what???
FW: What was he supposed to be, a maharaja or something?
Inf: Well, it was something like that. Then we went to see (xx). You had to get a-, make a reservation.
Aux Inf: Yeah, well, my wife embarrassed me by ordering beer. [Laughter] They didn???t know what she was asking for. [Laughter]
Inf: I don???t like fancy drinks, only whiskey sours, and I thought, well, I know what beer tastes. Yep, a dollar a bottle out there [FW: Yeah, oh, at least, yeah]. [Inf: cough] Embarrassed him [FW: Beer]. It???s a little country coming out of me. [Laughter] But, I enjoyed it. But we spent more money taking taxis to get (eats) [FW: Sure].
Then we went on tours, you know. Uh, a group of us, and they took us to all these uh, nightclubs like the Blue Angels and then the Catacombs. God, I thought I was going down in the mines. Crooked stairs and uh, you weren???t (caught) in an elevator or it rattled. And it didn???t move at all. All it did was it-, go sideways. Then we got out like a (damn fools) and start laughing. And then, and then when you get out the other end, it was a gorgeous nightclub [FW: Oh]. But when you were going in, you???d think you were going in, in the Catacombs, you know. And I thought, ???Ooh, this is crummy-looking.??? So then we kept walking and then they said, ???We???ll take you down that shaft.??? And I said, ???Oh, this is gonna fall to pieces before we get out.??? And then we came out and you had, you had to go, well, down a turn, and you finally came out to this gorgeous uh, uh garden out, uh k-, fake garden. It was good.