Tuesday, April 19, 2016

THE DIESEL & THE DEW -- April 19, 2016

 Let me first acknowledge that all credit for the title has to go to my college roommate, Chris Lowe.  I can remember him making the comment, over twenty years ago, that "The Diesel & The Dew" would make a great name for a country music song.  Thanks for the title, bud.  

For the past two weeks I've been taking daily walks as my back continues to heal.  I began with walks around the block...but, about a week ago, I managed to bust out of the development for the first time.  My struggle has been trying to find a way to "mix" it up.  Walking the same sidewalks and loops is beginning to get old.  

A little piece of nature and history tucked away in the industrial park directly behind my house--April 19, 2016
Today, I ventured down the sidewalks into the industrial park that is expanding in the fields behind our development.  I knew that there was a Friendly's distribution center and a Starbucks plant back there....but I had no idea just how many structures, businesses, and sidewalks were directly behind my house.  Tickled to death with my new found walking route, I came across the most amazing thing.  Left to stand among the loading docks and idling 18 wheel diesel trucks was an old barn and mill pond...all that remains of the farmland that once  sprawled across the area.  I imagine this is exactly what Chris had in mind when he came up with "The Diesel & the Dew."  Interesting combination.

Life is a journey, not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- April 19, 2016

Dave Raymond & Chris Lowe
Room 247 McCloskey Hall//California University of Pennsylvania