The Airstream Diner Obsession

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought

I wish I knew why I get a bee in my bonnet about these things. Something I’ve never even heard of before pops up on my radar and suddenly I’m obsessed. (One of my writing mentors told me to never use the word suddenly. Of course that just makes me want to use it more.) Here is the object of my latest preoccupation. It’s a Rare Vintage Airstream Diner. Well, I think it’s rare. That’s what they said in the advertisement. Of course they could be stretching the truth so that they can sell the thing. But truthfully how many of these suckers have you seen? Me? None. So I’m thinking they’re pretty rare. And Very cool. Like a portable soda fountain. Right? Can’t you see yourself sitting on the stool with a soda and a long straw. Maybe a root beer float. Man, I love root beer floats. A float, or a shake, or a cone – it doesn’t matter, they’d all be fabulous in this little diner.


I want it.

Do you know that it was originally built as a mobile radio station? I was thinking “Wow! Wouldn’t that make a great Pirate Radio Station? You could move it all the time so it couldn’t be found and shut down. But it’s good as a Diner too. And I want it, bad. I could put it in my Airstream Trailer Park. Do you think America would help me buy it? I’m trying to think of a premise that would work on Maybe it could be a mobile book signing tour trailer that serves sodas and ice cream? Ice Cream for Art?

Come on folks, work with me here. I want that thing. Probably Lani Diane Rich wants it more, and Jenny Crusie could design a home for a guy out of it. But how cool is this thing? Guitars and cowboy hats inlaid into the counter? It’s got Kate written all over it.


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Delia April 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The whole time I’m thinking, “Yes, but what does the kitchen look like. Ignore me. I’m a doofus.


Kate April 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

But that’s a perfectly good question. There’s a soda fountain, but where is the rest of the kitchen? No photos anywhere.


Kate George April 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Okay, so how do I afford said Airstream Diner? I’m happy to have it, hire someone to manage it, make sure there are all sorts of yummy things served and sell my books in it. However, they want a significant amount of moola. It’s too sad, really.


Julie April 21, 2012 at 6:44 am

Floats! And sammiches! And green rivers! AND Kewl Kate’s books!!!

(I got so excited I’m practically havin’ a stroke here.)


Judy, Judy, Judy April 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

You should make it a diner because you could call it Kewl Kate’s Diner. Everyone would be attracted to it! Of course, you’d have to have someone else managing and cooking because you need to write (see my blog) but maybe there could be a little book nook where diners could buy Kewl Kate’s books.


German Chocolate Betty April 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

Ooooh, oooh! I want it too!! This is sooo cooool! It’s just waiting for someone to ramble in and order a chocolate coke, or a green river…. Am I dating myself here???? (haha)


KarenB April 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

It’s excellent. Truly excellent. I’ll help you buy it if you’ll give me root beer floats and ice cream cones and diner grilled cheese sandwiches and let me sit in there eating. Deal?


Kate April 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Absolutely! That’s the best offer I’ve had all day.


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