It has been way too long since I’ve posted, as the purpose for this site for the past year was to host my online portfolio. Since that purpose has been accomplished, it is time to sit down and put into words the flood of thoughts that have either stayed in my head, stored in draft postings or jotted down on paper.
Much of this I attribute to having attended the Storyline Conference in San Diego last week. For several years, I have struggled with my purpose and value. I know God loves me and has put certain things inside of me: the desire to create, to be an advocate for children of divorced parents, to contribute to the recovery of my adopted hometown, Detroit… so many things to do, so little time. And it’s time to stop wasting it.
Last November I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, a move that, five or so years ago, was highly anticipated. As those years went by, the desire became less and less but I still went through with it. I do not regret the move, for it was an inciting incident that has brought a cascade of changes, reigniting my passions. In essence, I believe I’m here to preside over the funeral of my shattered dream to become a landscape architect and live fun life in a warm and friendly climate, and witness the birth of a greater dream of restored relationships with family and friends, and providing hope to many others in Detroit and beyond.
Watch this space for coming attractions…
206 South Grand Avenue, Lansing, Michigan:
To give you a better perspective, a long shot:
A pothole in a parking lot behind the former Capitol National Bank building (now under renovation to become the new home of Davenport University) revealed the tile to the entryway of a building formerly on this site: Oil Heating Corporation from 1934 to 1938, Howland Engineering through the early part of World War II, then Rulison & Sons Supply Company until 1954. Records show the address belonged to Wolverine Parking Company starting in 1955, so my guess is the building was demolished about that time. This would match when the Capitol National Bank building was built. As the parking will be repaved as part of the site renovations, the exposure of the old entryway was fortuitous and worth capturing.
Found this for sale some time ago. Ronald McDonald unwittingly made me want to be a highway engineer:
In the early 1970s pre-Happy Meal days, McDonald’s offered a series of travel games for kids to play on long road trips, the Ronald McDonald Travel Kit. This was a series of games on cardstock and included Lap Baseball, Scramble Spelling, the Country and City Sights Games, the Car Game, and the Road Sign Game. The object of the latter games, if I recall, was to punch out or mark each object as you saw it, like filling out a bingo card. The first who completed a row or column was the winner.
My older brother had a passion for model railroading, and as his sidekick I’d contribute my expertise to his visions on the 4×8 sheets of plywood our dad bought for us. Our HO-scale world had all the accoutrements, but we were not content to just let the trains have all the fun. We had to interact with our world. So, our roads were sized to accommodate Hot Wheels cars. And for road signs? That’s where the Travel Kit excelled.