"Howdy, folks! Welcome to th' Nomad, how can I help you?"
Located approximately two-hundred miles outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Nomad Diner is a 'retro' fifties-style diner, standing alone by the side of an off-the-beaten-path road heading out of the city. Outside the diner are five cars, and one motorcycle.
Inside the diner, there's a counter where early-morning patrons may sit and eat their bacon and eggs. There's a soda fountain, but no alcoholic beverages. On the walls are pictures of perfect-looking fifties young adults enjoying Coca-Cola products, and framed photographs of mildly famous former guests. A jukebox is located in the back of the diner, with classic hits from that era.
The diner's menu primarily features 'the classics.' Bacon and eggs, toast, burgers, malts, milkshakes, et cetera. The diner is open 24-7, but the menu remains largely the same regardless of the hour. The staff is always ready to serve you coffee to keep you going, or a bottle of Original Taste Coca-Cola.
Marv and Lucy are a young high-school couple, here at the Nomad to share a malt and get away from their stodgy old parents for a night.
Clark drives the motorcycle, and wears a matching red jacket. His helmet is hung up on one of the coat-hooks by the door. He's just stopped in for a coffee before getting back on the road.
Sam is a retired police officer, who stopped in at the Nomad every day on patrol for twenty years. After he retired, his visits became less frequent, but he likes to stop in every so often for eggs and toast, and to see how everyone's getting on.
Charlie, Marie, Clara, and Duncan are a 'nuclear' family of four, for whom a trip out to the Nomad is a special treat, usually reserved for when Clara and Duncan have done all their chores. Though they're far from perfect, Charlie, and Irish immigrant, is proud of the life he's managed to build for himself and his family.
Joan is a college student and activist, who often gets into debates with Mavis over the merits of 'feminism,' and whether women even need the right to vote. Nevertheless, she's a regular customer, who brings her copy of The Second Sex wherever she goes.
Doug is a traveling musician, who stopped in at the Nomad with his acoustic guitar and cowboy hat for a drink, and decided to stay awhile, playing songs for the rest of the diners' pleasure.
Mavis is the main server. She's usually behind the counter, cleaning a glass or brewing another pot of coffee, but she's also the one to bring you your meal when it's ready. She's a friendly, older woman, perhaps in her late fifties, who started working here to put herself through college, and then her daughters, and now simply stays on because she loves the place. Every regular customer can expect to be greeted with a friendly "Mornin'!" from Mavis as they enter.
Eduardo is a Mexican immigrant who started working at the Nomad because he couldn't find work anywhere else. He's soft-spokena nd good-natured, and makes up for his lack of proficiency with English by making a mean burger.