“Oh, my roads and their cadence.”

The best part of today is the warmth. It is already 51˚, a heat wave of sorts. I was on the deck earlier filling the sunflower feeders and the air smelled fresh so I lingered a while. Gracie lingered with me, postponing her morning nap until she could follow me in the house. We both came in and Gracie is now sleeping quite soundly on the couch beside me. The day doesn’t look at all inviting, but I can’t let 51˚ go to waste so we’ll go out and ride a bit. I never know what adventures I might have.

When I go to my childhood home town, I take familiar routes. I go by my old elementary school still standing strong after over 100 years. The windows are new and look strikingly white against the old brick. The convent that used to be across the street was bought, torn down and replaced by condos. I wonder what happened to the angel statue which used to stand on the convent’s lawn. My eighth grade picture was taken on that lawn in front of the statue and the top part of convent could be seen in the background. When I continue driving down the street, I take note of all the differences. I knew every house that used to be on that route and I name them as I drive by where they once stood. On the corner was a two-decker, but I didn’t know who lived there. The Brophy’s lived in the next house down, and the Seventh Day Adventists who ran a bakery for a while lived in a really old house a couple down from the Brophy’s. The old lady whose walk I shoveled lived in the red house. I drive by where the tracks once were, and if no cars are behind me, I stop and look down both sides. I know the tracks on the left used to go by the old factories, across Main Street to where the corner store stood, by the gatekeepers house then they continued, but I never knew to where. The tracks on the right led to the old station house and then ended, but there was a turnaround so the train could go back from where it came. My old street hasn’t changed at all. The same houses are there going up both sides of the hill. At my old house, the only differences I see are the trees are even taller than the house, and the lawn needs care. I pause on the street and close my eyes. I can see every room in my mind’s eye, and I remember where the furniture was placed and how small a kitchen it was. I wonder about the in-ground garbage can in the back. It’s probably still there, but nobody collects garbage anymore. I finish my trip back in time and continue driving on to my sister’s house. It’s always nice to visit and stir my memories.

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15 Comments on ““Oh, my roads and their cadence.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I really wasn’t much in the mood to head out last night, but we had tickets for The Palace and out we went – the opener was some sort of techo-DJ too oblique for me stuff, so my mood did not improve that much.

    And then, all the way from Montreal Canada, here came Arcade Fire beefed up as a 13 member band with a 3 piece brass section. They intro’d on the small stage and then ripped in to Reflektor and never looked back. The paper described it as a Monster show and they were fantastic. Mrs MDH who doesn’t not particularly care for their material agreed the presentation was terrific. One heck of a show and a very comfortable price at $60 a ticket.

    Its the reminder that when you see a band on the way up like Arcade Fire (probably peaking after all the Canadian Olympic Gold medals) it is so much more dynamic and vital than the artists retreading material from 30 years ago or more and delivering the lackluster 401K product.

    Arcade Fire were fantastic – if they are coming to a city near you, go settle in for two hours and enjoy

    We are just 9″ off the all time 1880-1 record snowfall and we are waiting for a humdinger this evening, with all sorts of exotic double digits being predicted – We have come this far, we might as well do a Juan Pablo, hand out the final rose and knock down the most snow ever.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Noting worse than going where you don’t want to go but feel obligated. I’m glad it was, after all, a great concert for both of you. I hadn’t ever heard of them until I went looking after you mentioned the concert. Now you have me even more curious.

      I know Boston isn’t all that far away but I still think of it as a long trip so most times I never look to see who’s playing where. Now I’ll have to keep an eye out.

      Nothing would be worse than to have had all that snow and fall short of a record to give this winter sometime memorable. I hope it snows and snows.

      • Hedley Says:

        Supposed to begin tonight and run all day tomorrow. Play around with the new Reflektor album and delve in to The Suburbs. Very different but worthy of Kattime
        Arcade Fire might be the biggest thing to EVER come out of Canada (I am counting, 1,2,3,4……)

      • katry Says:

        I have written both down on my wish list so I won’t forget.

        Nothing like the broadest of all observations!

      • Hedley Says:

        From the short film “Scenes from The Suburbs” here is the Biggest and Best out of the Dominion

      • katry Says:

        I had to listen twice as I got involved in the video at the price of the music. I liked the song and will try to listen to more.

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, you’ve made me curious, some Detroit show videos are already on YouTube. Nice show. Did you bring your sunglasses? I think I would enjoy their music live, but probably not on CD at home. Kat, the Refektor album is on YouTube too. (I wonder why it isn’t blocked in my country yet.)

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Birgit. I am also going to watch Scenes from the Suburbs as the video got me curious about the film.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit – the Reflektor character was on the small stage right beside us as were the papier-mâché guys. For the encore, they did a couple of Stevie Wonder numbers and one of the band members had a TV like contraption on his head showing images of the discredited Kwame Kilpatrick.
        But I don’t want to give the image that the show was gimmicky, the main stage was very dynamic and alive and the sound excellent – they moved effortlessly from Funeral to Reflektor. Maybe you could take a train ride to Berlin or one of the other stops in Germany this summer ?
        I do listen to the albums, but the show did spark the songs to a different level and the full band was great

  2. olof1 Says:

    We had a rather wonderful day here, sunshine and warm winds and for once not storm winds 🙂 But it will change soon, already this weekend it willturn to colder weather and if the pedictions are right winter willk return next week with below freezing temperatures and snow. I do hope it won’t last for long but we have feared this.

    My old neighborhood looks much the same but all the small stores are gone, we had a grocery store in every corner and lots of small candy and tobacko shops. Many houses were torn down but nréw ones looking much like the old ones were built quickly afterb the old ones were gone. The only difference is that the new ones are brick houses while the old ones were tree houses.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      When I went out later to fill the thistle feeders, I noticed how windy to had gotten. It made the day feel colder than it had. We are expecting rain and some snow showers so it will be getting colder here as well.

      I miss all those corner stores. We had two near us, and my mother would send us for milk or bread if she had run out of them.

      Many of the houses were built in the 40’s and 50’s so they do have a certain look. New developments were built where the farms used to be, and they are more modern looking.

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I try not to drive around my town and remember what used to be where other things are now. It’s a sure sign that you’ve gotten old. Besides, it keeps you from noticing what new and exciting things may have moved in. There’s a new Japanese fusion restaurant in town. They’ve been there a few months but I forgot to notice what had replaced the sushi bar that was there before. At least it wasn’t a nail salon. Excuse me…Another nail salon. 🙂

    It was so nice this morning that I decided to send Rocky to doggy day care so he could spend it outside getting filthy with his friends. Usually he goes on Thursday but today was too good to miss.
    I spent it having lunch with my sister-in-law and doing some window shopping.
    It was so warm by the time I got home that I thought I would have to change into tee shirt and flip flops. I didn’t but I may still.

    Enjoy this lovely, lovely day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I haven’t lived in that town for so long that I just think of the trip as a long memory. I don’t go back enough but my sister keeps me up to date if something new happens, which isn’t often. We did the Indian restaurant and the Thai one I found while I was wandering.The only place with change has been the square, not the rest of the town.

      It was really chilly with the wind blowing. I had hoped it would be warmer. I guess I’ll have to wait a bit longer. It sounds as if you got the warmth.

      Gracie and I went for a short ride just to get out. I was going to stop and get a sandwich, my favorite advocate, bacon and cheese, but I came home and made a sandwich.

      Have a great evening!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    Memories are the only thing that last our entire lives if you don’t get Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Whenever I go back to the old neighborhood I am amazed how much smaller things look than they did when I was a kid. I guess it’s all in your perspective. 🙂

    Today was a beautiful sunny day with highs in the low to mid 80s. A cold front went through earlier this evening which will bring strong northwest winds and high temperatures tomorrow in the 50s. Hopefully the real nasty winter weather is over in North Texas.

    • katry Says:

      My old school looked small, and I suspect the inside of the house would also, but the streets look the same to me. I couldn’t believe how narrow the halls in the school were.

      The 50’s are a warm spell for us this time of year. I would hate it to be in the 80’s this early in the season.

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