“I stopped reading science fiction once I saw that the UFO was real. It became science fact that just hasn’t been proven yet.”

It was an early morning appointment which put me behind, an alarm setting early morning appointment. It was a shock when I first heard the radio and saw the time. I have come to love waking up whenever and slowly making my way into the day.

On the way back from Hyannis, I took the long way home, Route 28. I noticed some buildings have disappeared since I last took that road. One was a guest house where college kids used to stay all summer. A dirt filled lot sits where the house used to stand. Friendly’s has been torn down, and an almost completed CVS will replace it. Just what we need, another CVS, a behemoth with no local personality or flavor. As I was driving, I saw so many other changes and remembered what some of the buildings used to be. Johnnie Yee’s was our favorite Chinese restaurant. It’s now a buffet place catering to tourists, a squat, gray building with no personality. Fruitland was an all purpose store with a meat counter and a great variety of groceries. It was reincarnated several times but nothing lasted. It’s now an empty building. The Gay Nineties was a perfect place to take company to eat good food and listen to great music. It was right across the street from the Barefoot Trader Gift Shop. The two buildings are still there. The Gay Nineties has been replaced by an antique store and the gift shop has become outlet stores including Bass shoes and a shirt company. My parents used to bring relatives to the Compass Lounge where the waiters and waitresses would break into song, mostly show songs. Later it became a nightclub. Now it’s a CVS.

I got tired of 28 so I took the back road through the historical district. The shoe repair shop is still there, and it was open. It reminded me of the cobbler’s shop in the town where I grew up. I never saw the cobbler standing. He was always bent over one of those metal shoes lasts working on resoling somebody’s shoe. He wore an apron. A pile of shoes stretched across and filled the counter. Pairs were tied together with a tag. The shop smelled of polish and leather.

I swear we have been invaded, and we don’t know it. The aliens are disguised as workers in CVS stores across the country. The stores all look alike, these Stepford stores, and enough will soon be build so the aliens can show their hands or suction cups or webfeet or whatever it is theses aliens have. The one thing I know is germs won’t defeat this bunch.

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26 Comments on ““I stopped reading science fiction once I saw that the UFO was real. It became science fact that just hasn’t been proven yet.””

  1. splendid Says:

    oh kat, down here in the oHIo valley it is Walgreens, instead of CVS. like you when i drive around i remember what used to be and i remember my grandfather’s words
    “more has changed,” he said “, in the past 100 years here, than in the previous 10,000.” I would have to change that to more has changed in the past 25 years than in the past millenium.”
    whoever said a change will do us good, didn’t expect all of this.


    • katry Says:

      The cape still has some charm, but it is disappearing quickly. There were huge fights to keep out Home Depot but it finally won out. That was the beginning of the end.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It is a bit sad to see all changes that has occurred during the years. Back home where I grew up where we had a grocery store in every corner and a vegetable shop in our apartment building. All is gone now. We have almost no shoe repair shops or cobblers for that matter at all any longer. We had one in our neighborhood when I grew up and I think it was the last one I´ve ever seen.

    I have no idea what CVS means but I can still understand what You mean 🙂 Now days everything looks the same to be honest.

    Have a great day now!

    • katry Says:

      CVS is a drug store where you can get prescriptions filled and buy just about everything else. They seem to sprout up on every block like the mushrooms in your woods.

      It is really sad to see all the small stores and their owners disappear.

  3. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    Stepford is in New England, isn’t it?


  4. hedley Says:

    Huh ? I was out at lunch and noticed a car with the license plate UFO SKY
    You and I must be sharing the same Wheaties or something

  5. The one and only chain in our area is Rite Aid. Everything else is still small stores…for now. I truck down to Tilton, about 45 minutes, when I need to do big shopping such as my pet food, cat litter, paper towels. I hit Market Basket on Mondays. Other than that I try to keep it local. Though our little local restaurants are getting a bit stale.

    • katry Says:

      It is Stop and Shop which seems to own the supermarket franchise on the cape. I do big shopping there but still but a lot of stuff at some of the small stores. They carry the most interesting foods.

  6. Zoey & Me Says:

    I agree. It’s sad. Really, really sad. The days of the Mom and Pop stores are gone and the Wall Street Casinos rule. So they make us believe that buyouts lead to lower prices? Sure. And crappy Chinese goods. It’s amazing how far down hill a few speculators dragged us on the notion this was big business for America. Well, 2% of Americans. My local neighborhood up in Virginia and some parts of D.C. where I went to school are gone forever. Even Department stores like Garfinckel’s didn’t survive. There is no personl thumb print Americans can call our own. Not in your hometown and not in mine either.

    • katry Says:

      All the favorite stores are also gone from here. All that’s left is homogenized America. Road trips just mean the same stores in different towns. I think that is what I miss most about when I grew up. I love up-town and all the stores.

  7. splendid Says:

    So sorry guys! between my negativity and no music, coffee has a left a bad taste in my mouth today and i fear it is all my fault…so sorry kat, i’ll try harder tomorrow to be positive:)

  8. john Says:

    here it’s Walgreens.
    You’re right. They’re like fairy rings of fungus. Each one’s within a mile of the next and all are the same, and none have the exact item you want.
    The new clone crap I’ve noticed is all the on-line photo finishing sites seem to be the same. Even the website designs are similar. And, true to form, none are any good.

    • katry Says:

      I think there is only one here on the cape so CVS is my fairy ring of fungus.

      If one site gets traffic, it spawns clones.

  9. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Here we have CVS, Walgreens (AKA the Drug Lords) Lowe’s and Home Depot, Shaws, Market Basket and Stop and Shop (regular and supersize), Walmart, K-Mart, Target and Christmas Tree Shop. I do like the fairy rings of fungus analogy.

    On the other hand, folks know you’re old when you drive around town telling them what used to be where their familiar sites are now.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’d agree with all of your last sentence except stuff still disappears so even younger folks point and remember

      Most of those stores haven’t yet made inroads here on Cape, but I can go to Wareham, just over the bridge, for most of those stores. Many people fight long and hard to keep them off the cape. Home Depot and BJ’s had to jump through hoop after hoop. We were sad when they did.

    • john Says:

      and I think we know we’re old when our conversations turn to drug stores.
      I go to a somewhat monthly breakfast with other retirees. Our conversations in the old days consisted of sex, sports, sex, bitching about work, and sex. Now we talk of Medicare, prescriptions, doctors appointments, insurance companies, and lie about the sex.

  10. splendid Says:

    oh kat,i didn’t mean you had done anything wrong, it was me and my negativity. no need to apologize ever, i love coming here and seeing all these smiling notes.
    tomorrow is the first day of autumn, i am looking very forward to rain, we have had less than 3 days of rain in Sept. here
    happy autumnial equinox everyone

    • J.M. Heinrichs Says:

      1. Cold rain shower and stand in mud puddle for 45 min, in sneakers
      2. We throw excess ripe tomatoes at you, while you try to return them undamaged.
      3. You have to bring out your favourite teddy bear so that we can poke fun at it.
      4. You will have to do an imitation of Tiny Tim looking for his ukelele in a blackberry patch.

      Then, we might let you apologise. Maybe.


    • katry Says:

      Happy autumnal equinox to you as well. It is a beautiful day today, the last day of summer!

      I hope today is a better one for you.

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