One of my favorite bloggers is Glo. She has been around almost as long as this blog has. She and CJ were the first female bloggers I had after the AZ Central blogs launched on December 6, 2006. I think their first entries appeared about a month or two later in early 2007. They have both followed me to this blog which I did as a secondary item until AZ Central got ruined in 2011 with the arrival of the Facebook requirement for comments.
In a way, Facebook was a blessing. Before it was required, I would get 50 or 60 comments on a blog story. One of my favorites was something I did on how soda pop was referred to in different parts of the country. I called it “Soda, Pop, or Coke” and never thought that something so mundane would get many hits. It wound up with 74 comments by 44 readers; some of them from far away. When I re-printed it in February of 2009 on my Google blog, it drew another 36 comments. It just goes to show that one never knows what will work when doing a piece.
A large percentage of my AZ Central blogs still exist in my Google blog archives and I enjoy checking them out now and then for nostalgic reasons if nothing else. AZ Central was a good thing that eventually scared the Arizona Republic when some of the comments became a bit overwrought over their political preferences. I didn’t do that much in the way of politics so I got swept aside when the Facebook nonsense became effective and I refused to be a part of it.
In the first paragraph, I mentioned Glo and Cj but I mustn’t forget others like Middy, Mike, Proud, Sam, native, Allen, Ken, AHG, Lynda, John W., Doc John, Larry, DG, Steve, Kevin, Lynda, rettajim, stealth, blue, Niagara Dave, and the irrepressible Rick. There are others I may not have named but do appreciate.
Speaking of Glo and Middy, I have found in my Shorpy archives a couple of vintage photos that apply to the part of the country where they lived before becoming dues paying members of Arizona.
This is a photo of some ladies enjoying a night of bowling in Glo’s home state of Connecticut in 1942. They are playing the eastern game of duck pin bowling hence, the smaller balls. The lanes they are using are located in the basement of the fire station in Bantam, Connecticut. Could the lady throwing the ball possibly be Glo’s mom?
Since Middy grew up in the panhandle of Texas, I thought a good old fashioned dust storm photo would bring back memories of those years. The photo was taken in Amarillo, Texas in 1936 during one of the dust storms. Residents of that area have said that a windsock to them was a “brick welded to a chain.”
That sounds about right. I had the honor of being stationed in Amarillo for a couple months in 1961 and some of the wind I experienced probably wouldn’t move the brick!