Doggie Diner Today – February 14, 2014 on MemoirHistorian.com
Growing up in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco provides me with a more historic view than newcomers, although events such as today’s might help bring them up to speed. Today, the Doggie Diner heads were celebrated on 45th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, the original location of the hamburger joint, Doggie Diner that I went to as a kid. I am dating myself, but I’m learning the value in having experienced a lot of life. City Landmark No. 254, the Doggie Diner sign was honored today in all of its refurbished glory. This event also honors history. As we grow older, looking back at our past memories can be therapeutic and also informative to others who never saw nor experienced what we did. When I see the Doggie Diner heads, it takes me back to the days when I used to walk to the zoo from my family’s house near the beach. The zoo had free admittance then and so I would go freely during the day. I would pass Doggie Diner on the way since it is right across the street.
It was safe for kids to do that then. I didn’t usually go to the diner unless my parents took me though. I loved the chili dogs and the Western burgers. It was a real treat as fast food wasn’t that common. Seeing the heads today reminded me of the innocence of that time and that’s exactly what they represent to me. Seeing the Doggie head perched up in the sky on Sloat, makes me hope that in restoring the Doggie head that there might also be a resurgence of those innocent times somehow.