Friday, January 4, 2019
******** Automobile’s of Art:
1955 The VW Karmann Gia
The here and now:
I mentioned yesterday that things change and at times we do not take notice. In our hometown Park Street was two lanes and a main exit route. Driving down a long hill it ended at Wilkinson Boulevard, a 4 lane road. The first 4 lane road I can remember, a long time before I moved here. Wilkinson runs between Charlotte and Gastonia, NC. Looking across Wilkinson where Park Street ended was nothing but woods. Property owned by the Catholic Church and bordered on the Abby Campus. Everyone ‘knew’ this would always be.
The people who lived in Belmont accepted the changes that happened fairly fast over a two year period. But for we who were gone during that time frame were flabbergasted to come into town and find Park street was now 4 lanes and continued ACROSS Wilkinson where a big shopping center anchored by ROSES stood on the left and a big restaurant, Food Town and Bowling alley across the street. In my mind I asked, “How did this happen?”
I have no doubt it is the same in most small towns. TODAY with the cell phone and internet for local news, the surprise would not be as startling.
Funny that, looking back on our life style to keep in touch via phone. For years we carried a pile of quarters for pay phones, now a pay phone is an oddity. I am reminded of that because one of our phones went swimming a few days ago and has not acted right since. So today we bit the bullet and bought a new ‘much smarter than us’ Phone.
To buy a phone you need ‘secret words’, passwords, and promise your next child will be named Verizon or something like that. But the deed is done. HOWEVER the charging connection(wire fittings) is not the same, so we need two charging lines of different connectors. WE will learn to live with it. ‘Smile’.