Tuesday, July 21, 2009
As most of you know, RCVman HQ is under construction. Has been for a while now because he insists on doing all the labor hiseff. The jury is out as to why this is, with six saying it's because he is tight, and the others saying it's a Zen thing, and we will never understand, so why try? Regardless of intent, the effort plods along between race assignments, long rides, video projects and runs in the park. In the 'cleaning out the shed' stage of the current studio expansion project (Phase 126), the demo crew discovered this little gem from another time in space.
The year was 1974 and the place was Brewster, Washington. We raised some pretty fair apples at Crane & Crane, http://cranefamilyorchards.com/index.php?page_id=28 where I rose to the exalted rank of tractor driver for the apple, pear and cherry harvests. It was a wonderfully innocent time as well as an important one, connecting dots from a failed baseball career in Southern California to the trek over the big hill and into Seattle a few years later. There came some great stories from this era, a mere 35 years ago. The demo boys (me) found this apple crate in the shed from Crane Orchards, circa 1945 and I gawked at it while the way back machine played myriad images of sun, sweat and beers. I wonder what has become of Francis, Johnny, Leonard, Tim, Phil, The Hulk, Max & Maureen, Sterling Maguire and the Bohemian Tavern.
And speaking of apples, RCVman will be in Manhattan this week for date with the New York City Triathlon on Sunday http://www.nyctri.com/site3.aspx . The bike leg is along the WestsideHH Parkway, which is closed to traffic, meaning that the only way you will be able to ride this course on the other 364 days is to watch the RCV. Prompting the question:
How do you like them apples?