Eleanor, 82, and Ron, 89. Sterle’s Country House. Cleveland, Ohio.
Eleanor: We’re on a date. We’ll eat first, and then we’ll dance. My mother and father were from Czechoslovakia, and our house was always full of music and dancing; we’d dance to anything. Ron’s kind of particular and does’t like to polka, but I’ll still dance to anything. My husband passed away 14 years ago, but I wasn’t about to let that slow me down. I still see the hairdresser once a week. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you have to take good care of yourself. I know a lot of people from dancing around, but I’ve never considered myself part of the mainstream. I like to do my own thing and have never had any use for trends. As long as I can still stand, I’ll still go out dancing once or twice a week. What else am I going to do?
Ron: I was the vice president of Cleveland Trust, which was once the 18th largest bank in the country. I’ve been coming here forever. It’s one of the finest restaurants in the area, but it recently changed owners, so we’re interested to see how that goes. One thing we have in common is what I guess you’d call older values; we think you should get dressed up if you’re going out for the evening. A lot has changed, obviously. Look at some of these people; they look like they’re going to a dog fight. What can I say, Cleveland’s just like everywhere else. Everything’s been raided, and most of the world I used to know no longer exists.