Views of the Neighborhood – Car Show and Holiday Bazaar

I indicated that The Producer and I would be donning our hazmat suits to attend the Views outing this week. There were several requests for a photo of that occurrence. The most sincere came from Luanne Castle, the talented poet. So here it is, and thanks to Luanne. There were also request’s for next week’s Ninja get-ups. I’ll handle those next week.

Our bus is ready. The food is packed. We will unload at the church where the bazaar is being held. Today we are serving Standing rib roast au jus, twice baked potatoes, haricot verts almondine, stuffed squab breast, dessert, hot brownie, and vanilla bean ice cream. As usual, there are top-shelf liquors, Silver Oak Cabernet, and Groth Chardonnay. Our entertainment today is Joe Diffie with a holiday song.

Of course, I couldn’t post all the photos, but hopefully, this will give you an idea of the event.

Views of the Neighborhood

First up is a work in progress. This is a 1952 Β Ford Ranch Wagon.

A Jeep CJ with a custom paint job.

A 1954 Rolls Royce

The 1930s Modal A ford pick up truck

1959 MGA roadster

A 1957 Thunderbird. Growing up in Detroit, I saw many of these

A 1954 Chevy Bel-Aire coupe

A 1930s Ford Model, A Sedan.

A 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. It has been modified.

A 1931 Ford model A Three Windo Coupe

The bazaar was inside (yeek). Here is a shot of some of the booths.

Santa was on a break.

I love the sign at this booth.

Here is an overall shot to give you an idea of how the bazaar looked.

 

Well, that’s it for this week. Please stay and have some more to eat and during. Joe will take us out of here with Rudolf the Red-Necked Reindeer.

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  1. Most of these things have been cancelled this year so it was nice to see.

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    1. I thought so too. It was considerably smaller this year but yes, nice to see,

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  2. It’s nice to see folk doing what they love, John.
    I don’t know what’s going on here. I’m still under house arrest self-isolating until 21st!

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    1. A lot of self reflection time for sure. 😬

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      1. Just don’t start asking questions.

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  3. That’s quite a bazaar and car show, John. You and the Producer were no doubt totally protected in those outfits. That was a quite different version of the Rudolph legend. I can see how that would be popular in Texas. A great post. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Diffie is quite a character.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    What a great excursion, John. I love the photo of the boys studying the 1930s Ford and can imagine it leading to a story. Hint, hint! If you know their parents, your photo is one to share. Thank you for the fun. βœ¨πŸŽ„βœ¨

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    1. I only hear one say, “My dad’s dream car.” I thought it made a good photo. Thanks, Gwen

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  5. It just goes to show, we can still have the things we enjoy when we follow the rules. Distanced, masks all donned – Christmas is free to begin in Texas!

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    1. I agree, GP. I can’t imagine not trying to remain safe.

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  6. What a fun excursion, John, and what a meal! I will travel with you and the Producer anytime! My dad has a β€˜55 Thunderbird…he used to drag race at Indy when I was a kid. 😊 My brother has the car in San Antonio now. It’s in beautiful shape. Thanks for a great dose of memories….

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    1. Oh my. That was some car. Thanks for sharing those memories, Lori. 😁

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  7. What a fun outing. It’s nice to see people trying to resume a bit of normalcy rather than sitting at home and complaining how miserable 2020 has been. I loved seeing the old cars, particularly the 1930s Ford.
    Thanks for taking us along, John! Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Enjoyed having you along, Jill. I love the idea of a peaceful Sunday. I wish you the same. 😊

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  8. Great captured of the car show. Those owners sure take care of their rides. Wonder how the bizarre’s attendance compared to past years. My first exposure to LeRoy .. thanks … LoL … he’s a good companion to Dominic the Donkey.

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    1. Yes I think it was bizarre. Anyway, last year I attended and it was much bigger. There was a definite contraction this year. They added the cars which they didn’t have last year. I hoe you noted the hazmat suits. You and Liz have won. I will be doing the Ninja outfits next week.

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      1. πŸ™‚ cheers to your sense of humor!

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  9. I haven’t heard Joe Diffie in ages! It was such fun to watch the video. *big goofy grin all over my face* As for the car show, I’ll take the Rolls, thank you very much. What style . . .

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    1. I know. Did you notice the hazmat suits? Ninja next week. 😁

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      1. Yes, I noticed the hazmat suits! They must have made crinkly noises when you walked. I look forward to the sleek, black Ninjas next week.

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      2. Oh good. Round up Frank too.

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  10. Cool cars and suits, John!

    I need one of those “Human Bomb” (he was a golden age superhero), suits when I direct traffic at the elevators.

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    1. Good to see you out and about, Hook. Yes you do need a suit of some kind.

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      1. Sorry I’ve been such a poor friend, John.

        I’ve been preoccupied with my family, my first work of fiction and just trying to find ways to keep from succumbing to mental exhaustion.

        Covid has kicked my butt and made bellmen obsolete, hopefully temporarily.

        But your work is as uplifting and clever as always.

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      2. I hope temporary as well, Hook. Take care of yourself. I hope the fiction is going well.

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      3. One chapter left to edit and then there’s the acknowledgements, title page, more editing most likely, and a ton of other stuff I haven’t considered.

        But it’s been fun!

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      4. Wow, sounds like you are almost done.

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  11. Loved the suits and cars, John, especially that jeep. πŸ™‚ The food was delicious and the festivities, I miss. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren.

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  12. Two thumbs and both big toes up for this one, John. Hey, you wouldn’t happen to know Jay Leno, would you? I would love to open my garage door to any of these fine vehicles (ya,even the pink Jeep) on Christmas morning.

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    1. I would as well, Mark. Thank you.

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  13. Very cool collection. My son loved the pink one.

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    1. That was some color for sure.

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  14. Oh my gosh, John! You are a wild thing! Love the Hazmat suits! Cars just don’t have anywhere near the character they did once upon a time, eh?
    I absolutely loved the Joe Diffie song (must have a little Redneck in me…)

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I’m glad you enjoyed the whole thing. 😁

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      1. I absolutely did!

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  15. Oh, classic cars! The pink Jeep made me chuckle. I love the yellow T-bird. I have a soft spot in my heart for MGs (wanted one so bad in my teens and 20s), but not for the guy behind it who is saving the world by covering his chin. I have to wonder where that chin has been to be the part of his face that most needed covering. I’m glad to see the hazmat suits, John. That was quite the elegant menu. Yum! Have a great new week. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. I’m glad I didn’t get near that guy for sure. Have a great week as well.

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  16. I can see you now wind whipping through your… hazmat suits cruising down the road in your pink jeep. That is going to be a hard act to follow. Even with ninja suits. I await in wrapped attention appropriate waiting beverage in hand. Speaking of which cheers !

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    1. Cheers to you, John

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  17. My two favorites of these are the ’54 Rolls and ’57 T-Bird. Wow! Fantastic cars. I do love car shows! And the bazaar looks like fun, especially when so many things are canceled. Love the hazmat suits, and the cuisine on this bus today was over the top! Oh, and Joe Diffie added a nice touch. Thanks, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I’m glad you enjoyed the outing. I always loved that 57 t-bird.

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  18. The cars are great. My brother and nephew would have loved the show.

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    1. It was nice. Thanks, Staci.

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  19. Funny how that ’54 Rolls still looks like something big-wigs would ride in! That Pesto-Bismol pink Jeep is a nasty color, but I do love the T-Bird. One of my late uncles had one — turquoise blue — and it was a looker. Fun excursion, John — thanks for enduring the haz-mat suits so we could see the sights!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Loved having you along. 😁

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  20. That 1930 Model A Ford is a phaeton, a rather rare one these days. That particular car is the first car I ever owned and I would give a lot to have it again!!

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    1. Wow. You had one of those? I would love to have one. Thanks for sharing Noelle. 😊

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      1. My Dad bought it for me – he saw it in the garage of a little and very old lady who lived at that time next to the Plymouth Yacht club. It had 30 miles on it! He had to replace the top and the seats, which were rotted but otherwise it was in fantastic shape.

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      2. Amazing. What happened to it?

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      3. My Dad sold it to help pay for my college. I’ve wanted another one every since.

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      4. Reminds me of when I sold my daughter’s horse. Sometimes it has to be done. Thanks, Noelle.

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  21. ‘Coupe de Ville’, mi amigo!

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    1. Yeah, Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  22. I read this awhile ago, but I’ve been laughing ever since! Not at you, of course, but with you. We all need hazmat suits this year if we do anything substantial like this! What a fun time, and you know I love the cars! I’ve probably told you that we have a ’57 ebird (type of tbird for those who don’t know). (What a money pit!) Such a pretty and fun car. Loved this look at your neighborhood, John!!! And thanks for the mention.

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    1. Yes the ebird was the dual-quad factory config on the 5.1-liter engine. I’ll bet it is a fun car even though it is a money pit. I would love to have one. Have a good evening, Luanne.

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  23. After all these years, I still love those baby T-Birds. Now I kind of want to write about a bizarre bazaar.

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    1. A bizarre bazaar is something that would be fun.

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  24. Of course, my favorite is the modified ’66 Cadillac.

    When’s lunch?

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    1. All day,Pilgrim.

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  25. That MGA Roadster could come home with me πŸ™‚

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    1. I always liked them too. Thanks, Jessica

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  26. I’m late to the party, John. I hope there’s some food left, although I’ve gained weight every Sunday. Great photos. I love the cars. They are labors of love – you can see that. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are never late. Just delayed. Plenty of food. Here is a full rib.

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  27. My dad would love this car show. That sign about chocolate? It’s like they were peeking into my soul.

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    1. I know right. I felt the same way, Thanks, Teri.

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  28. You know the Snickers bar is my one weakness. I swear it has nutritional benefits – I need that sign πŸ™‚

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    1. I love Snickers too. Nice and cold in the summer. πŸ˜‹

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  29. A lovely post, John. I enjoy looking at cars. We have a vintage car event in our local park most years – not this year though.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. 😊

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  30. What a treat to see those cars! Thanks, John.

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    1. I’m glad you liked them, Jennie.

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  31. Late to the event, as is often the case, but I just had to tell you that the picture of the MGA made my heart go pitty-pat. Now, if there’d been a shot of a TR3 (Triumph) from the same era, I would have had the Big One! I’m not a car person, I swear, but I wanted a TR3 so much, I dated TWO guys who drove them. (I swear, it was coincidental. Honest. No, really!!! I’m not THAT shallow. Often. πŸ˜‰ )

    Fun post, and I liked the candy bars sign, too! πŸ˜€

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    1. Funny you should mention a TR3. I lost control in one and spent the next 70 days in the hospital. It was a red 60 TR3.

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  32. Oh, Holy Moly!! Now THAT is not how I was picturing using mine! 😯 I had a much more sedate idea, where I’d just cruise around downshifting regularly as I approached stoplights, in order to get that sexy growl going. And I was going to learn to leap gracefully over the low side doors, because I didn’t plan to ever use the side curtains as long as the weather was good. Nor to put on the top. Ever. I discovered riding in one that if you didn’t have to stop, you could stay dry even in the rain. (To a point.) Sorry to hear yours ended up hurting you! 😦 Please don’t hate me, but I still LOVE them. And on the rare occasion I spot one (every few years), I still get excited. (I had another “friend” with one of the first XKEs in our area, and it never seemed as cool as that TR3 to me. Hahaha.

    Cars have never really interested me other than that. I can’t tell one from the next these days.

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    1. You can pick up a restored TR3 for about $35,000

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  33. Yeah, that’s what I need just as Mark readies for retirement. He’s already got a 1969 VW bus in the garage, and I’ve got a PT Cruiser that doesn’t want to shift into 3rd gear, just 6 months after AAMCO supposedly fixed it. We will soon only need the new Honda, and I don’t think Mark would enjoy the TR3 nearly as much as I would, anyway. He’s just plain goofy about that bus, a condition an amazing number of people seem to suffer from, judging by all the folks yelling at red lights. “Hey, how much you want for that?” And the notes he gets left under the windshield wipers.

    But it’s okay, really. I’d look sorta silly toolin’ along in a TR these days, I suppose. Still. There was a time ……..

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    1. As I recall the TR3 wasn’t very comfortable.

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  34. It fit me in those days. (Funny, a lot of other things fit me better then, too. :D) I doubt it would today, though. Gleep. πŸ˜€

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    1. I remember the seat was hard of the bum.

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      1. Some of us have built in Bum Protection. Just sayin’ … πŸ˜€

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