Monday, December 9, 2019

Silly dreams and Man of the year

 American vehicle: 1958 Chevy

For today:
Christmas is a wonderful happy time. People do become more joyful. Thoughtful of others. In the Fall Kids start thinking of what they would like for Christmas. As a kid I could think of a lot of things I wanted. From ball gloves to roller skates or bikes.

Even some adults start thinking of what they would like.  I don’t think most people ‘envy’ things others have. Many times I have wished I had the money to buy a bike, car or house LIKE someone else had, but that is not the same as wanting someone’s stuff, which is to covet, imma thinking.

Many people have a ‘silly to others’ dream but do not express it. Mine is to have an antique car to drive around. Maybe get into a car club when I get old.  I have two acquaintances who do that and get a kick out of it.  One is always in the Belmont Christmas parade where the passenger in his 1958 Chevy convertible is a local celebrity. One year it was ‘Man of the Year’, Preston Taylor. Preston did all my surveying when I was in business.
   Joe's 1958 Convertible in Belmont

Preston is different. After every job I had to chase him down to pay him, he wouldn't think of sending a bill. BUT in all the years I knew him in business I never knew of his dedication to the less fortunate.

He is a great guy. He became man of the year for all his volunteer work.  Every year he and his wife serve thousands of meals at no cost to the underprivileged.  He has done many favors for me and saved me many headaches by suggesting things when dividing parcels of land.

He is now in his 90s and still does volunteer work. I am glad to know him and to see him recognized. Many of the meals are served around Christmas time. He looked good in that '58.

                               Nite Shipslog


Lisa said...

Preston sounds like a nice guy. I bet my dad would know him.
My dream is to have a vintage camper to doll up and take to shows.

Its 42 here in NC today

betty said...

Neat that Preston continues to do volunteer work at his age! Seems like a gem of a man and good that he was able to ride in the parade in that car!


Woody said...

I thought about buying an Old Car to drive around in, until I found out that they cost from $10 to $25 Thousand dollars, I remember buying my 1947 Hudson for $150.00 back in 1965 and then bought my my 1955 Ford for $50.00.
Preston sounds like a Good Man ! Nice day today, it is 45 degrees and snow is packing down, you 2 stay warm !! Love from Thawing Out New York ! Gary an Anna Mae

Mevely317 said...

Aw, you boys and your toys! Love it!
I wonder if there's not a business which leases these old cars. I remember attending a wedding years ago (in Ohio) where the bride and groom were whisked away in the back seat of a vintage something-or-another. (Sorry, I couldn't begin to venture a guess what kind.)

Preston sounds like a gem. Glad to know he's being appreciated for his efforts!

yaya said...

Preston knows the true meaning of Christmas and sounds like he spreads that joy all year with his volunteering. How wonderful to have a legacy were folks remember you for being a giver, a good person, a lover of life and old cars too! I would love an old red pickup's my silly dream I guess! Hope all's well down south with lovely weather!

Chatty Crone said...

Sounds like a nice friend and person.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm glad that people like that get honored. I can see you sitting behind the wheel of an antique car and loving it. Maybe if you are on the good list, Santa will give you and old care. Better not pout, I'm telling you why...

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That's an old car, not old care....Sorry.