Sunday, April 13, 2008

I walked five miles to school in the snow!

Somethings just make you realize that you are turning into your parents. I find that I yammer on and on about things that as I hear the words ring in my ears, I know that I sound like an old fogey. For instance, I can not stand that all the trees in my hometown downtown have been chopped down! I realize that they are those Pear trees that have a relatively short life, but still the area looks so exposed and naked. Then, they decided to redo the sidewalks, the roads, tear down the old buildings that lined the once familiar streets to erect a modern style multi-retail building. Yuck and double yuck! I want back the old glass front "Mattress store" that old blind Bess L., who could barely see (and be seen) over the top of her steering wheel drove right into the show room after running the stop sign.

I miss having that memory rekindled every drive by.

I hate the Car dealership that now shines like a beacon on beautiful Lex. Rd. Did I say beautiful, the once beautiful Lex. road. It once boasted beautiful horse farms, gentle rolling hills with the tobacco bases, corn fields and stately mansions (at least they looked like mansions to me when I was a child) sitting behind white washed fences on expansive farms. In a rush to make a buck, the past is quickly being swallowed up as Dairy Queens and sub-divisions chop up the most coveted horse farm land in the world. The absolute worst is the farm that was sold by the heirs and leveled out for a Wal-Mart then went bankrupt. The ugly slash on our beautiful bluegrass sits undeveloped, as the preservationists slug it out with the visionaries, with a large weather beaten sign promising us a new shopping center "soon".

Ver/Lex Rd. will quickly become like the Lex/Nicholasville corridor. Nothing but ugly commercialism as the two towns attempt to merge into one.

I like stuff to stay the same so that I can count on it, look forward to it, and when it finally arrives know that it will be like it was before. Like strawberry season! And Keeneland Race Track being a 21 day event. And when Keeneland closes the spring meet they move to Churchill Downs and its Derby Week!

This year Derby week began yesterday. Let's see, Derby week use to be the lead up tothe Derby beginning with the Balloon Race on the Saturday morning before, the Chow Wagon on Main (which was as many people as possible squashed into a small fenced off area, drinking beer),  $1.00 Derby pins, the parade, the Riverboat race, a couple of local events thrown in and then the Oaks, and suddenly its Derby Day!! One week.

Now, it begins three weeks before Derby,starting with the Thunder Over Louisville firework show. The biggest, baddest spectacle of shooting showering color you will ever see!

That reminds me of another story, the one where I attended the very first Thunder! It will have to wait.

I must go make strawberry pancakes.


sunflowerkat321 said...

Progress is highly overrated.  I commented recently on a photo of an old barn...about how they age with such dignity.  The landmarks of a town tell the story of life as it was there.  These strip malls and mega stores will become hulking ghosts one day....with no story, no charm, do dignity, and no defining impact on the community.  It really is a shame.

How were the pancakes?  Delicious?!?!?

rdautumnsage said...

Sigh..unfortunately it's happening all over. I never understood why people don't like trees. Every time I see someone chopping down a tree along side the road that took 20 years to grow I wince. They leave a barren ugly spot in it's wake and don't replant anything else. I miss the old style homes that had individuality and personality, instead of these prefab look alikes they have now. I'm in agreement technology is highly overrated! (Hugs) Indigo

sunnyside46 said...

I agree with you whole-heartedly. The beach where I use to go is so covered in condos you can't walk by the shore.

slapinions said...

Ugh, I know what you're saying. On our mini-vacation this past weekend I was amazed to see how many McMansions were eating up farmland. It disgusted me.


helmswondermom said...

I'm that way, too.  I don't like things changing and it takes me forever to get used to something new.  Even over here in Jeffersonville we're expanding and expanding.  Pretty soon we'll stretch all the way to Charlestown!

mutualaide said...

I'll have two plates of pancakes and I want the old Mill Pond back the way it was.

I am so feeling yoru angst. ;)