First, a comment about this particular post. A couple of days ago, I thought I clicked "save" to a new post by a variation of this name...and all of a sudden the draft I'd been working on was gone. Instead, it was posted...in incomplete format. So I "reverted it to draft status"...which is where it has been till right now. Didn't realize it would show up on any linked blogs...sorry about the confusion.
But like MacArthur (and Arnold Schwarzenegger), it has returned.
Early this week, we had some errands to run.
When we got up that morning, I found I'd be wearing a pair of ballerinas with my shorts. I've been going bare-legged in sandals and capris (or shorts) for quite a while now. So, to continue the habit of keeping my legs nice and smooth, I epilated them. Then I showered and put on my pantyhose. But "It's still summertime, so you won't need pantyhose. Wearing ballerinas with bare legs will be a better choice." So that's what I did, for our visit to a grocery store and the shopping center.
Every girl we saw, who was wearing any style of ballerinas, was like me - bare-legged - whether they wore shorts, capris or (a few) in skirts. So I guess I won't be needing pantyhose for a while...
We went out for dinner a couple days later, to celebrate my wife's birthday...it was a seafood restaurant about 15 miles from home. (Since we live in seafood country...we enjoy seafood!) For this occasion, she wanted me to dress up a bit. I chose my white capris with a women's polo, and once again, ballerinas were the shoes to wear (with bare legs, of course). We were addressed as "ladies" for the meal (by a female server.)
Other female customers were all very casual...shorts, or "short shorts" and sandals or (a few) with slip-on sneakers. Only four of us in the whole place (including my wife and I) were wearing capris... But we girls all had one thing in common: bare legs. Lesson learned...there's lots of time when the weather cools off to enjoy pantyhose! (And I'm getting used to wearing shoes without any socks or stockings...though it's not an easy thing to learn.)
On the way out after dinner, a teenage boy walked toward the door faster than we did, and held the door open for both of us. We thanked him, and he returned "you're welcome, ladies." Nice to see a male teenager with manners...you see it so rarely lately...but it does still exist.
As for things you can't see anymore:
Back in the late 1990's, the reincarnated Northern Central Railway began operating on the abandoned PRR Northern Central out of New Freedom, PA. And, there were occasional forays into downtown York, PA.
This former Canadian National Alco FPA-4 locomotive (masquerading as an ex-B&O 800, on the former PRR main line) was pulling one of the last such trains on N. Pershing Avenue in York, before all trains were discontinued in September of 2001. Though my notes on it aren't too good...I believe this was taken was in the summer of 2001.
In the interest of full disclosure, the locomotive itself still exists, in operating condition. It's now in service (still in B&O livery) at a much different venue - the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, near Cleveland, OH. Following is a picture of it, and another FPA-4 as well, in their shop.
And a chunk of the old Northern Central (at New Freedom, PA) has reincarnated itself once again, as "Steam into History", with a brand new "antique steam engine" and brand new "period" passenger cars.
The following picture was taken in January of 1993. Yours truly was riding in a private railcar on the rear of the Lake Shore Limited, as one of the Turboliners whooshed by on the other track. It was an experience which can no longer be re-created. While the Lake Shore still operates, and can carry private railcars, Turboliners are long since out-of-service. I believe they have been (or soon will be) scrapped.
Below is the saga of the Lee-Huckins hotel (later just Huckins) in Oklahoma City. It's permanently entwined in the history of the State of Oklahoma. And, it's such a shame that this grand old hotel, a classic piece of history (completed 1909, razed 1969), had to be destroyed - in the name of urban renewal. But that's another topic...
Oklahoma became a state in 1907. State capital was Guthrie, and it had been the Territorial capital before statehood. For many years, even before statehood, there was agitation by one town or another for the honor. It was initially placed in Guthrie by the federal government, but other towns coveted that designation.
The Enabling Act, which created the Constitutional Convention, specified that the capital would remain Guthrie for at least six years following statehood. An election was scheduled between Guthrie, Oklahoma City and Shawnee for the capital's location. The date was set for June 11, 1910. When votes were counted, it was found that Oklahoma City had 96,261 votes, Guthrie had 31,301 and Shawnee had 8,382.
Governor Haskell wanted the capital moved to Oklahoma City during his administration. Therefore, upon learning that Oklahoma City was destined to win the election, he took a train directly to Oklahoma City, and opened his office in the new Huckins Hotel (rebuilt in 1909 after the prior hotel had burned) the next day. He then instructed his secretary, W. B. Anthony, to go to Guthrie and to bring back to Oklahoma City the necessities of the office, including the state seal. The Huckins remained the Capitol of Oklahoma until the new Capitol Building was completed in 1917.
But in the late 1960’s, the by-then-vacant-and-derelict Huckins building met its fate, as seen in the above pile of rubble. I took both the pictures, as I was located in Oklahoma at the time...
And lastly, from 1999 (how appropriate):
My antique car's odometer, as it prepared to turn over 100,000 miles. (I have the corresponding picture...at 00000.0 as well). It now has been driven 126,500 miles...and it took 15 years to add the 26,500 miles. Thus, I doubt I'll be around long enough to add another 75,000 miles and see that row of 9's again!
But we can hope so...