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Friday, July 1, 2011

A Retro Remembrance...

Try living without internet service for 2 weeks, and you quickly learn how dependent we are on this way of communication.  That's exactly what happened when I thought I would be able to access a wireless connection from anywhere on my recent mission trip...Boy, was I wrong!  Regardless of not having a connection, the experience was one I won't soon forget, and one I highly recommend to everyone.

I found myself in the city of Amarillo, Texas, on that famous iconic highway, also known as the 'Mother Road' - the Historic Route 66.  Because I'm a huge fan of the 1950's and '60's, I was drawn to everything of that era, and believe me, there was plenty!  I loved it!

One of the most recognizable images is the famous 'Cadillac Ranch' west of Amarillo.  Created by the local eccentric Stanley Marsh, the 10 Cadillac cars buried halfway in the ground, eerily draws thousands of viewers each year, off the interstate, just to get a closer look, and add a spray of paint themselves. If only these painted beauties could talk!
 I was informed that every year or so, the Cadillacs are painted a new coat of white, as a 'clean' slate, for more new colors of paint.  And believe it or not, there were hundreds of people spray-painting the cars or taking pictures, just as I was when these shots were taken.
Under a big blue Texas sky, this car image has become a famous message to us all....'Don't take yourself too seriously, just like Mr. Marsh, because it's in the unexpected that a person can find true happiness!'

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