Although I snapped a picture and posted it below, let me describe the whole scene for you. I arrive at Starved Rock, a park well known for it's wildlife, waterfalls, Native American history and folklore. As I make my way into the lodge and through the main hall with it's massive double sided fireplace and old 13 star American flags I feel like I stepped back in time. I also feel the undeniable craving for pancakes and bacon. So, from there I make a right and head for the restaurant. From there I can see yet another roaring fireplace and the tree tops beyond the room's windows due to the high ridge location of the lodge. The early morning sun is shining in and Inside are many thick wooden rustic looking tables and chairs with about 15 elderly hungry patrons enjoying their breakfast.
As we're nearly at my table a new song begins. Now, let me ask you.. after all I described and looking at the picture I took, what would be appropriate for this moment? Well, whatever your thinking it wasn't that.
Here comes the song now... there's the ever increasing volume of guitar feedback... wheeEEEEE SLOW RIDE! da na na na na TAKE IT EASY! Yea, it was "Slow Ride" by Foghat. Don't get me wrong, it's a cool song but SO inappropriate for the hour and the setting. But wait, it gets better! I order my food and ponder if these folks hearing aids are on. They all have at least 30 years on me. How can I be the only one that is thinking this? Then, that song ends and I figure it was just a fluke in the mix. Maybe what's next is lighter Beatles's tune like "Yesterday". Nope, it's Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark"!! Are you f-in kidding me! It may have been a few decades since you've heard this song so I posted it below as a refresher. Hit play, look at the pic above and I bet you never would have guessed that this song was playing at that moment. Ha ha.. just so weird.
I pointed all this out all this to my waitress. Eventually the manager came over and told me she could not change to station but offered to turn it down if it was bothering me. Wait a second, I'm the young one here. What the hell is going on? I told her, "If you think this is all Okay, by all means crank it up. This is just pure entertainment for me at this point."
A couple songs later in was Glen Frey "The Heat is On"... I left.