Seligman, Arizona, a small rural town, is known as the birthplace of Route 66. It’s full of Route 66 memorabilia.
Along with a few themed restaurants and shops, there is the old Territorial Jail House from 1860. At one time it housed notorious outlaws such as Seligman Slim, Four-fingered Frank, and Carl “Curly” Bane. (Don’t feel bad. I don’t know who they are, either. Sorry, Dead Guys, but it’s been 150 years.)
While researching my trip, I’d read somewhere “not to miss Pandora’s Box” in the men’s room of The Roadkill Cafe.
Of course, a place named The Roadkill Cafe sounded like a good place to eat, anyway. And I was on a mission to find this Pandora’s Box in the men’s room.
When I walked in to the restaurant, three friendly ladies greeted me. I inquired about ‘Pandora’s Box’ in the men’s room. They all gave me blank looks. No one knew about it. Well, none of the ladies. Not so sure about the men.
I began telling them how I’d heard it was in the men’s room and ‘not to be missed’. I asked if I could go in there to see it, whatever it was. One of the ladies, quite possibly the owner, became as curious as I was. She gladly led the way to the men’s room, as I followed closely on her heels.
She knocked on the men’s room door and we listened for a response. When no one answered, we went in.
It took us a minute to spot Pandora’s Box hanging on the wall. Vague wording on small label gave only the slightest hint at what might be inside. Just enough information to guess the contents probably weren’t G-rated.
It required .75 cents to operate.
I quickly dug out some change and shoved it in the slot only to find Pandora’s Box was jammed.
Or so I thought… turns out my new companion was now just as determined as I to find out the contents.
Calling to one of the guys who worked there, she said, “I’ve got a job for you”.
The guy, noting our location at the bathroom, said “Uh oh, do a I need to get a plunger?”
We said, “No” and proceeded to tell him the problem with Pandora’s Box.
He was smiling as he helped unjam the machine. A small crowd began to form in the hallway, probably wondering what the ladies were doing in the men’s room.
As soon as the machine was unjammed, I again tried to put in my quarters. Again, it wouldn’t work!
Then the guy pipes up, “No, no, you have to put all three quarters in at the same time, and then turn the handle”.
Me, “Are you sure?”
The guy, “Yes, I’m positive”.
Me, “Not that you’ve done this before”.
The guy, *sheepish grin*
You’ll want to watch the video to see downtown Seligman, and what I found in Pandora’s Box at The Roadkill Cafe… hehehe (Sorry, the audio is a little wonky and I have no idea why. And the upload didn’t come out as nice as when I use the Flip software. *sigh* Hang in there, guys, I can only get better at this video stuff.)
By the way – the food at The Roadkill Cafe was great. Nice, helpful folks, too. Anyone who helps a lady get into the men’s room has got to be nice.