Texarkana, Arkansas weather: At 7:30 am, it is 68’f and it has sprinkled a bit. There are clouds and some wind gusts but all that is supposed to go away starting about noon. Yesterday and the day before were beautiful!
Seems to me …
What we have seen in Texas and Arkansas so far is mega infrastructure construction; freeways, bridges, railroads, malls and more. Yes, when we travel along the back roads into the small towns there are definitely signs of prosperity in reverse but hasn’t that always happened with time passing? The folks who started these small-town enterprises (a store, a garage, a grocery, a gas station, etc.) 20-30-40 years ago have grown old or died and any surviving offspring are not interested in continuing the family business. They have moved on to bigger cities, higher paying jobs and better opportunities for their children. There are no takers when for sale signs go up and so the building gets boarded up and the owners either walk away, move away and/or eventually die. Businesses that survive are on the “Historic Register” and even they are often beyond restoration by private parties and have to be adopted by the city or the county. Many wonderful old buildings are now museums or visitor centers and maintained by the historical society or the city/county budget. My point is that what Phil and I formerly considered signs of a so-called depression in the past couple years appears to have evolved in our minds as signs of commonplace extinction.
So ... it seems to me that what we are seeing is the normal order of aging and time marching on. What do you think?
Is it just us? Every time Phil and I leave our Penny, we forget something! Usually it is yours truly, forgetting the maps or the camera or my bottle of water or the grocery list. If I remember everything then Phil forgets his phone or his jacket or the outgoing mail! I would guess that nine times out of ten, we have to turn around and go back to retrieve all our stuff. I’m beginning to think we have crossed a threshold into senility because even when I really work at it, that one time we get it right seems harder to achieve as time goes by. Please tell me if someone else has this problem and if you have solved the problem, share your secrets, okay?
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