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Carol Perkins: Historic moment in Upton, KY

Carol & Friends, having too good a time at Mama Lou's in Upton had the house in a uproar of laughter with a line as memorable as "I'll have what she's having." Katz' now has an equal - or better.
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By Carol Perkins

Each month a group of my friends and I go out for lunch. I suggested going to Mama Lou's in Uno because my friend, Marge Kinslow, suggested it. She and I talk occasionally about my articles, and she recommends good places to eat. I passed this along to my friends when we were trying to decide on our November get-together.

We drove in from different areas and met at Mama Lou's one Thursday for lunch: two came from Russell Springs, one Campbellsville, one Liberty, one Green County, and two from Metcalfe County. Usually, there are three or four more, but this day there were the six of us. As usual the place was packed and as usual, we made a lot of racket with our constant talking and catching up from the previous month.

As we were finishing, two military men came in, sat at the table near us, and said something about how much fun we were having. "You all must be the knitting club," the older one said sarcastically. (We must have looked like knitters, whatever they look like because not a one in the group, as far as I know, has ever knitted one single thing.) Not to be outdone, one of the ladies, who is very quick witted, shot back.

"Heavens no. We're retired pole dancers." That threw him for a loop.

That man almost fell out of his chair, tears of laughter streaming from his eyes. He was laughing so hard napkins stuck to his eyes. Perhaps because the six of us looked more like retired teachers, which some of us are, than pole dancers. Perhaps because the other half looked more like retired state employees, who they are, than pole dancers caused such a reaction. He thought he was being the funny one! If we had been young, perky, and cute, there would have been no humor! The younger soldier with him didn't know what to say. I could see his mind working; they must have looked a lot different when they were young!

The entire room roared as we all carried our "take out pie" with us through the side door where we continued our socializing and gave other customers a place to sit. Not long after we gathered around the picnic table, the soldiers came out. "See that pole over there," one of the ladies said, pointing to a security pole that was so large three people could stand with arms stretched around it? He looked. "That's the type of pole we use!" He shook his head and headed for the car. I'm sure when he returned to post he retold the story of these "little old ladies."

Mama Lou's husband came outside. "I have to know what you all were laughing about," he said. "I was in the back and I heard the place erupt but no one back in the kitchen knew what had happened." We retold the story.

We will certainly make the trip to Uno again for the delicious food and friendly service. They are not likely to forget the "retired pole dancers" anytime soon. (On a good day all of us can walk without limping!) We have learned through many years of being friends (some of us for over 65 years) that when we are together, we are teenagers once again.

(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on

Contact: Carol Perkins, PO Box 134, Edmonton, KY 42129. Phone 670-432-5756.

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