Mar 082016
 

I have been living in Oklahoma for almost 5 years now. I really need to start considering my living situation and decide where to go next. When I moved to Florida I really didn’t want to come back here, and was conned in coming back. I should have stayed in Florida, I think I would be in a much better much happier place than I am at now. I don’t know if I would have been at the same job in Florida or not because of the work politics, however. I miss my feet in the sand, the beautiful sunsets, the taste, smell, and feel of the salt water on my skin.

I did get to go to Spain a couple of times over the last couple of years, so I haven’t been fully deprived of the beach, and I am working on trying to go back soon. The details I am going to save for another post when I have a lot more time to write down my thoughts, however the time I spent there was for the most part enjoyable, and it made me fall madly deeply in love with Spain. It was my perfect place to be. Mountains, beach, warm weather, warm water, cool old buildings, history, art. It doesn’t snow in the beach area, but it does in the mountains, doesn’t rain much. The big downside is it is a different country and they make it really difficult for people in the US to gain citizenship and get jobs there. So that is a big challenge for me.

I have talked about Florida and talked about Spain. It would be easier to move back to Florida, but to be in Spain, to be so close to all that history and art and beautiful country, would be something that I would love to experience. I wish I had traveled more, lived in Europe when I was younger. I know those what ifs suck, but I really need to change my situation, I am so unhappy here.

Current Music: The Young Turks
  
Mood : happycontemplative
Music : The Young Turks
Jul 102011
 

My first car was a 1977 Volkswagen Rabbit. It was a 4 door green. It was a car that my dad had bought before when he was living in Denver after he totaled his Ford Pinto. When he moved to Oklahoma it was there and sat in the garage for years. I think that a gasket or rod was blown in the engine or something like that. Anyway, His graduation gift to me was he took the car into Wilsons VW salvage and repair in Lexington. They replaced the engine with an 86 VW Fox 1.8 liter. Wilsons was an icon in Lexington. It was a huge salvage yard for Volkswagens, had a VW bug on top of it’s sign, and Leroy Wilson built a black widow spider and planted it just north of the shop where a now long gone ¼ mile round speedway was. I have fond memories of that place. Leroy Wilson died in 2000. His daughter tried to keep the business alive for a while before she gave up and closed the business down. Sadly a lot of the parts and cars that were in the salvage area got destroyed along with.

After the business closed, a used car dealership sprang up in its place. They kept the VW bug on top of the sign and kept the building intact, so the place was still there. The car dealership lasted for a few years, but it closed down as well. Since then the shell of a building has stood there as a memory of my childhood’s past. A monument of how things were, and the landmark that I was getting close to grandma and grandpas house.

Well, on Friday on my way to work I decided to head on down to the post office to check my mail, and near where the bug sign was I saw big hauler trucks and bulldozers and emptiness where I thought Wilsons once stood. I thought it seemed strange to see emptiness there but wasn’t really paying attention to where I was at, so I didn’t confirm it in my head that is what had happened. Saturday night I drove by the place on my way home from work, and all that remains is the sign.

I hope the sign doesn’t go. It would be sad to see that bug in the sky gone. Luckily the land that the speedway was on was bought by a church and the pastor kept the iconic black widow bug in place and intact.

I had fond memories in that Rabbit. It was my first car. I had a lot of other firsts in that car as well. The big problem was that since it sat around for so long everything around the engine started to fall apart and it was a big money pit. I finally decided to get rid of it when I wore the breaks down so much that it no longer breaked. In order for me to fix it would have cost me $800 or so. I gave up on her. I shouldn’t have. I really should have kept it.

I think I am going to start looking and buy myself another Rabbit and work on rebuilding it and restoring it. It will be Babs II. I really do miss that car. It was a lot of fun to drive.