He felt alone. And cold. He knew this adventure would not end up in success. This was a different feeling than about 2 hours ago. They had fun just talking about different things. Nothing earth shattering but enough that they could make each other laugh. That was important to him. And now she was gone.
Flint Michigan is where I grew up, went to high school, and worked my first few jobs. I was a substitute school teacher where I learned around 6 am what school and grade I was to teach. I worked as a real estate salesman, a job my Aunt got me with her influence with the broker. I learned from that experience that I would never succeed in any sales position. I worked for the Buick Motor Corporation for a few months (graduate school looked a lot more interesting than lifting hoods and fenders and putting them on the assembly line). I spent the next eleven years working for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. This was a perfect example of nepotism in the work place as my dad, and uncle worked there. “Oh your George’s boy”. OK your hired and we want you to start next Monday. I was never given a drug test, never even filled out an application).
When I was growing up in Flint, it was a great place to work because of the auto industry and the suppliers that furnished them parts. The auto industry died out and so did the soul of Flint. Now it is the murder capital of the US.
I’m going to Flint this weekend for a family reunion and catch up with cousins that I had not seen in quite a few years, also school friends from High School and College. I left Flint in January 1980 and have only been back for funerals and a high school reunion.
This is Thornbury Castle Hotel in South Gloucestershire in England. We were one of the few guest that DID NOT fly in! One of my memories was as my wife and I got to the top of the winding stairs to our room, with a key as big as my wife, she dropped our new camera and it went rattling down the stairs.
I do have an undergraduate degree (B.A) in Psychology. I had planned to continue this line of study but something called “Viet Nam” came along that interrupted my plans. Attending Graduate School did not quality you for the cherished student deferment (2-S). A letter from the Selective Service was one of the first letters I received after graduation. At that time they instituted a “Lottery” system instead of the regular draft. I have never any good in gambling and lost this time too. I got as far as Ft. Wayne in Detroit. I had already received my Bible and was standing in line in my underwear when the Doctor called me aside and informed me that the Army didn’t want to draft me because I had a previous heart condition which I had actually out grown. I was given a bus ticket home and that was my service career.
I should have gone back to Graduate school at that time but money was an issue. So…I started my employment career.
I wish I could go back to school today but I’m afraid too much time has elapsed and I would have to start all over again. Not that much time left for me.
f you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?
Winston Churchill shows off his famous ‘siren suit’ to General Dwight D Eisenhower, during a tour of Allied invasion forces in Kent, 12 May 1944.
If I was a fly on the wall I would like to know what that conversation was like. “You show me yours, and I’ll show you mine”? “Too much cleavage Mr. Prime Minister”? “Nice Mr. Prime Minister, but I have more buttons.”
It’s always very comforting to come back home. Either from a short trip or from a long vacation. Staying with friends, family, or even nice hotels is nice but coming home….ah..how wonderful. I’ve lived in Michigan, Arizona, California, and North Carolina. Be it an apartment, condo, or home, the though of arriving home makes me feel calm. I’m back on familiar turf and I LOVE IT!