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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

The Holiday Weekend

 

Labor day weekend was upon us and I hadn’t given it as much thought as I normally would do with three-day holiday weekends.  We always have to seek shelter away from the maddening crowds.  But being where we have been this season I felt pretty safe and so we continued on with little worry.

Langdon, North Dakota (pop. 1909)

The Langdon Ponds proved to be yet another one of those places that exceeded my expectations.


“No swimming, wading or diving.”  
I wondered if having the water treatment plant right next door had anything to do with that regulation?
See that diagonal post behind the sign?


A forgotten artifact from the ‘Great Pandemic’ of 2020-21.  Aw...fond memories. 


This was the area all around us for the holiday weekend.
No noise except the hum of some grain elevators in the distance 
and the crop duster who strafed us several times while we were there.


We stopped at the Dollar General store on the way out of town when we left.
This picker’s paradise was next door.
The place was closed.


Several Model T Fords stood out front.


I wonder if a toolbox on the running board was standard equipment?
All three cars have a tool box.  I bet they came with a basic set of tools.


Looking at those wheels. We now know what that upside down automobile chassis in Canada was.



The dump truck was the only one with the most complete interior of instruments and controls.


To the side of the building were two Subaru 360’s.  I never knew of these before.  They were Subaru’s first automobile produced from 1958 through to 1971.  They a had a two cylinder two-stroke engine in the rear. 10,000 were sold in the US at $1297 around $10,107 by today’s dollar.  They were advertised as “Cheap and Ugly” here in the US.


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I have the data roaming turned off on my phone.
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We are at the eastern edge of North Dakota and haven’t seen any smoke from fires.
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I was too little to be of any use playing football.  I was always the last few to be chosen for a team.


3 comments:

Barbara R. said...

Great old cars...most of whom probably had some mileage under their drive shafts...without a speedometer of course. Love the use of wood in making adaptations. May I use your photo of the Subaru's in my blog (giving credit to you of course?) I think those cars should be given as comparisons to my new (to me) car...sometime whenever I get it.

Barbara R. said...

Not seeing it posted, trying again...perhaps you now are moderating comments?
Great old cars...most of whom probably had some mileage under their drive shafts...without a speedometer of course. Love the use of wood in making adaptations. May I use your photo of the Subaru's in my blog (giving credit to you of course?) I think those cars should be given as comparisons to my new (to me) car...sometime whenever I get it.

Ellen D. said...

Wow! Vehicles sure have changed. My brother-in-law just got a fancy Tesla and it sure is complicated. Just a giant computer on wheels so a person has to relearn how to drive a car! No thank you for me!
I like my old 2007 and hope it holds out as long as I do!