Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Dazed and Confused

I used to go to Johnny Rockets when they first opened I think back in 1995 or something. It was the coolest place to hang out back then. The majority of the restaurants lining up the beaches now didn't exist in 95. I think Fuddruckers was the first one that opened and the only one back then. Anyway, Johnny Rockets would be packed with students from all the schools. Everybody gathered up at Johnny Rockets first and then from there we would decide what to do. If there was a party some where you would find out about it at Johnny's. Everyone knew everyone, and if you didn't then you would sooner or later. The atmosphere was like something from the movie Dazed and Confused. Back then there was also no minimum order per person. So, we would be like 4 people and one person would order tea. Me and my friends were all broke back then. We used to spend all our money on tapes from Video Club, so the only thing we could afford was tea. Johnny Rockets wasn't making any money off us and all us students kept coming in every weekend, scaring away the older paying customers. Thats when they hit us with the 1.5KD minimum order per person. Everyone stopped going there. Some people started going back to Fuddruckers where you could get 1 coke, drink it, then give the cup to your friend to get a free refill, some people moved upstairs to McDonalds, and some people just started hanging out outside Johnny on the corner next to the No Entry sign, that didn't last long since the cops would come and tell the students that gathering on the sidewalk wasn't allowed! Kuwait was really boring back then. Salmiya wasn't the way it was now. There was no Fanar, and the road from the new salmiya to the old one wasnt yet connected. Across the street from NBK was an underground pedestrian passing. It used to really stink of piss. There was a large sheesha place on the other side and a popular music shop called Subway. Sometimes there would also be like 20 bedouins all aged under 10, and they would hide in the bushes and if they saw anyone coming out of the underground tunnel they would start throwing pebbles at them. Yeah the good old days.


Blogger Fuschia76 said...

oh my god what a blast from the past. that was when mexx was still cool, abdullah ruwaished was still skinny and there was no traffic in kuwait.

another popular hang out was the sultan center restaurants on the seafront (chi chi's).

the good old days!

12:18 AM, February 03, 2005  
Blogger Zaydoun said...

Rowaished is still skinny.. just less skinny than before, when he looked anorexic!

3:50 PM, February 05, 2005  

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