Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Through the past, Darkly...
...one last trip through the ol' memory books...

Dear Readers: I guess a few people stop here quite regularly to see what my latest case of insanity involves. I mean, someone's reading this thing...I've had over 14,000 hits on this blog over the last year. And I really appreciate you stopping by. I hope that something I've written has had some affect on you, and hopefully that affect has been of a positive nature.

I am going to be ending this blog soon. I am moving away to another area sometime this month. Coeur d'Alene is such a big part of me, but it is no longer the town it used to be. During my travels several years ago, I found a place even more beautiful than this. I've returned there over the years for vacations. I made the decision a couple months to try living there. I've never really lived anywhere else, than in this immediate area. It's something I must try, before I get too old and unhealthy.

Why I'm doing this, I'm not really sure. I suppose the best overall explanation I can give is that "I need a change of scene" for a whole lotta reasons. Will I return? I don't know. As the years have passed, it seems my life has just zoomed by. Other than you, my computer friends, I don't really have any "connections" here anymore. So, I feel that it's time to be elsewhere. I can live this life anywhere. So I'm going to try.

But before this blog ends, I am presenting a little ten-part series involving Coeur d'Alene history. I think of it as a gift to all this blog's readers who've been so supportive. Recently, I found an old magazine article, penned 1906, would you believe. It showcases the city for its readership in a most effective way. People have cursed the fact that our area is getting too big, in part, due to publicity generated by the media in other markets...well, stuff like that was happening around the turn of the century.

So, over the next ten days, you can travel back thru time in the "wayback" machine with me. I haven't read these articles yet, so this little history series will be an education for us both. Below, you'll find the article in all its resplendent glory. Most likely, the end of the page will chop a sentence in half, but I figure you'll be so intrigued that you'll stop by tomorrow for installment #2. Be sure and click on the page; the article gets bigger and it's easier to read the type. So, here goes: Installment #1 of Coeur d'Alene history, circa 1906:

You might have caught the reference to the impending completion of Coeur d'Alene's City Hall in this article...that building, as you know, now houses Cricket's Restaurant, and some other small businesses, and the cornerstone says "erected 1908", I believe. A grand old building. Soon to be dwarfed by hi-rises. What a shame.

Come back tomorrow for installment #2. This is quite a long and informative article; each page has at least one picture. I've seen enough of all the articles to know they're very informative. Our town, 100 years ago. Cool, huh?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

way cool.

11:12 PM  
Blogger little ol' me said...

A small but way powerful comment. Thanks, jbelle. You, too, are 'way cool'.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Jinx said...

maybe when you get to your new place you can update here once in a while. We'll miss your blogs.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Jinx said...

and if you get bored in the next few days feel free to come and rake my yard. lol

5:33 PM  
Blogger precinct46 said...

cdadave, I've always appreciated your insight into many of the topics that rage over on "that other blog"- you sir, are usually right on the money. I hope when you get to where you're going you will grace us with a glimpse into your new hometown. Take care and may the road rise up to meet you.

5:47 PM  
Blogger precinct46 said...

cdadave, precinct 46 is Thom George

5:48 PM  
Blogger Word Tosser said...

Dave, you are breaking our hearts. But I think I can speak for most..we wish you well. We wish you good health, where you are going.. we wish you most of all..HAPPINESS with a large H.
Hopefully when you get settled, you can start a new blog called. New Beginnings..and tell us what it is like. The new place, your moving, and the fun that goes with it. I hope.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hey Dave! Sorry to see you go, but happy for the adventure that awaits you.

Enjoy your new life and your new home. I hear that sea air is good for your joints.

Anyway, keep rocking out (and don't be afraid to try some new music every now and then).

See ya!

8:25 PM  
Blogger green libertarian said...

Oh, my.

But you are cdadave.

I understand tho, change of pace and all.

I would think the move might spur even more creative events to blog about. Think about it.

7:38 AM  
Blogger little ol' me said...

Hey Ms. Jinx...I'm paying a guy to rake MY yard. I'll be glad to give ya his phone number!

Thom George: I kinda hope the road DOESN'T rise up to meet me. That would mean I've crashed somewhere en route. How about if I just navigate the road instead?

Cis, Phil and Greenie (and everyone else here)...you're all way too kind. I do blogs like John Lennon said he wrote music...I'll paraphrase: "I just have some sort of hairbrained idea and then I grab some words and shove them together." But I do appreciate all the nice comments. (I delete negative comments, ha ha)

5:35 PM  

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