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Christmas in Washington: Soulmates in a biker bar/Thai eatery

Somewhere in Mount Airy, Tina Yingling is a happy woman, enjoying Christmas just as she wanted it: Dinner last night at Lu & Joe’s, a combination biker bar/Thai restaurant just up the road, and this morning spent with her high school sweetheart, Ron.

They met more than 50 years ago. Then some bad stuff happened – it’s really none of our business – and 20 years ago they got back together. She works for Montgomery County schools. He’s retired. Last night, with a sign over their shoulders that said “No cursing in
the dining room please,” the Yinglings welcomed Christmas in an establishment whose proprietor, a Thai immigrant, doubles as a postal worker during the day.

Ron had drunken noodles, with red wine. Tina had soft shell crabs, with white wine.
Ron reported that they have never been in an argument. Tina clarified: “With each other.” They both laughed.

He got her some dance outfits, for their ballroom dance nights. Also: a diamond bracelet. But she didn’t know that yet. All she knew then was that she was right where she wanted to be – in a biker bar with her soul mate.

“She’s such a sweetie,” he said. “I’m lucky.”

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 25, 2009; 9:21 AM ET
Categories:  Christmas in Washington  
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