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Discussion in 'Places I Have Lived' started by Yvonne Smith, Feb 1, 2015.
Wow, that is a lovely area to live in Peter. We've been up that way several times in years past.
I was born in Newark, New Jersey and spent my pre-teen years 5 to12 in Paterson, New Jersey. The WW 2 years 1941 to 1946 were exciting times for a young kid but I am glad that I never had to spend my teen years and adult hood in either of those two present day hell holes.
I was born in Indiana, and lived in Crawfordsville where the 4H grounds were literally my back yard, and school and Doctor Shannon (office-in-home) were within walking distance.
It was nowhere near this built up back then (who here cannot say that?)
The woods to the left of 4H were larger, and there was only one small 4H building and a stall where they kept a couple of critters. I used to find all sorts of arrowheads in the creek there.
They would park all sorts of agriculture equipment at the fairgrounds during the off season. I used to climb up in it all the time and play with the controls & levers whenever I wanted. They stored hay above the critter stall, and my elementary school friends and I would just kick around up there.
All the kids walked to school except for a couple from the farms who got short-bused in. They brought their lunches (there was no cafeteria), and the rest of us walked home to eat, then returned for the afternoon session.
We moved to Vienna (Fairfax County, VA) in 1963 when I was 9. This was the year after the Beltway opened up, for those familiar with the area.
My father worked for G.C. Murphy's his entire life, managing store for much of the time, and got transferred quite a bit. He got transferred to the store in the old business district in Arlington VA, which is why we moved.
Pretty retro, huh? Here's what part of that area looks like today:
I got lots of stories of kicking around those old stores with their old hand-operated stock elevators, snack bars where you mixed your own sodas, old time candy counters with nuts roasted on-site, live pet departments with escaped parakeets flying around the store, neon dyed Easter ducks & chicks...
I lived in Vienna until a couple of years after high school, moved to Richmond under the pretense of helping my father with a staffing shortage in his store there. He had pancreatic cancer and did not want to tell us he was sick. He died a year or so later, I moved back to Fairfax County, living a year in Fairfax and a year in Falls church.
I got married, ended up buying a house (circa '78) in Vienna. It was a house I used to deliver newspapers to as a kid, right up the street from where I grew up. We divorced soon after, I stayed in the house (I hated apartment life.) That little Podunk town ended up getting national recognition as the town to live in for many years running. I think it was because it was an established bedroom community that was near all the big city stuff, but for the most part density was not gonna change. My tiny 600 ft² home got replaced by a McMansion, just like all the other homes on my block.
I lived there until 2010, when I moved to Louisa County VA, where I am today (in between Richmond and Charlottesville). My company was closing offices to save real estate costs, and forced folks to work from home. A bunch of us got permission to head for the hills (I was already reporting to someone in another state, so the difference was slight.) One coworker moved to South Africa and kept her DC area job. I chose this location because it was within commuting distance (100 miles) for emergency meetings, and we have a satellite office about 30 miles away where I had a place to work rather than sit at home alone all day.
Sadly, I see some changes happening in the short time I've been here. Our republic is meant to keep government oversight close to home, but all that seems to mean is you get to witness first-hand the corruption you can do nothing about. Lots of insider deals when developers and politicians speed-date in growing areas.
I think I've been in that part of the state, Hugh. Really pretty area. Would that be Bryce Flooring you refer to (I won't name the county)?