In 2003, the Hampton Inn organization sponsored a caravan across the entirety Route 66. They awarded 66 sites along the Route with the above sign, with a short description of the property below. We felt very honored to receive one of the designations. It was especially fun because it happened the day before my daughter's wedding, and we had a big barbecue at Afton Station that night. The Hampton Inn folks were invited and enjoyed the celebration as much as we enjoyed having them. I just thought you might like to see the sign.
To be blunt (as well as grammatically atrocious), the 11th Street alignment of Route 66 in Tulsa ain't pretty! I suppose pretty is as pretty does, or maybe beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, or some other appropriate platitude, but the bare truth is that the majority of business that remain on this urban stretch of the Mother Road are small-to-medium-sized used car lots. (Or is that "Pre-owned" or "Gently Used"?) Sprinkled in with these lots are, admittedly, a few quite lovely architectural remnants such as the old garage now known as Rossi's, the Rose Bowl (see previous blog article), and the Tulsa Monument Company. But let's face it.... the landscape mainly consists of lot after lot, along with those long ropes of colorful flapping penants that are apparently required for every used car lot in the country.
It occurred to me that I needed to offer a paean to those ubiquitous car lots, so last week I started jotting down their names. What I ended up with was..... a list of used car lot names! Now what? When in doubt, create poetry... well, some sort of poetry. Not GOOD poetry. Not even mediocre poetry. Actually, maybe it's still just a list. But if you read it with a lilt in your voice and consider the amateur poet who composed it, maybe you'll get it.
STREET ELEVEN USED CARS
Crow's, Arnie's, Bell's, Jack's, Diaz
Clay's, Abe's, Marie's, Scott's
A - 1
A + A
D + S
Best Choice, Get Right
Jiffy, Lucky, Select