WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Nothing can be finer than being at a diner in New Jersey. At least that’s what one Waldwick man believes.
Alan Darian’s life has been all about these staple American eateries ever since he rode his bike one fateful day at age 11 to the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton.
“I always found it very interesting the way the people moved around and carried nine or 10 dishes on one arm and managed to keep a smile through the whole thing,” Darian said.
He now visits eight to 10 different diners every single day, including weekends.
LISTEN: Alan Darian performs his rap about desserts for 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck
1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck caught up with Darian after he’d already made the rounds.
His day started in the morning at Matthew’s Diner, moved on to Suburban, Tom Sawyer, Tick Tock, Kingsbridge, State Line, Six Brothers (where he goes during his lunch breaks from work), Park West and finally back to Matthew’s by 9 p.m.
“If I’m not here, I’m absent,” Darian said. “I don’t want to be marked absent.”
In the diner world, if you don’t show up at your regular booth people may start to worry.
“I’ve gotten a few phone calls in my lifetime from some of my diner-owner friends, ‘Where have you been? We haven’t seen you in three days,'” Darian said.
Darian has no use for Facebook or other social networking websites, he has all the friends he needs on the diner circuit.
At age 60, he still attends weddings and birthday parties of waiters and waitresses that are now his best friends.
His daily trips involve more talking than eating — he’s 5’ 10″ and weighs 190 pounds. One thing he does a lot of is coffee drinking.
“I usually do 12 to 15 cups a day – all black,” Darian said.
For those who think Darian needs to get a life, he’s got a message for you:
“We’ll go on the diner tour, take you around the state of New Jersey and you’ll have a good time and you’ll see the other side of life,” Darian said.
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