First of all -- Gordon, from Handcolored 66, thank you! I've been searching high and low for a line of colorful Route 66 postcards in the tradition of the old commercial cards that we used to buy along the road. Being a postcard collector, I'm what you might call very "postcard aware". I wanted to be able to sell some really nice ones at Afton Station. Gordon came into my life a couple of months ago when he was traveling Route 66. He told me he was a photographer, so I planted the idea of postcards in his mind. Well, he's come forth with a collection of 66 designs (latest number, but who knows, there could be more) on very high quality postcard stock! I got my first batch in the mail yesterday and put them up for sale today. I am so excited. They are GORGEOUS! They're only $1 per card, which is a great price for Route 66 postcards these days. Come in and see them soon!
Next, here's to Cort Stevens, my friend and fellow roadie from the Chicago area. I listened to his radio show for the first time last night. I didn't even know he was a DJ, much less such a pro! He plays a large assortment of tunes, and his banter includes a lot of shoutouts to Route 66, road-tripping in general, and even Afton Station! It's both on air, and online. Awesome, Cort!
It wasn't a busy day at the Station today, but it wasn't bad. The day began with a couple of neighborhood kids coming in to squash some pennies. Then my friend, photographer Michael Scruggs from Miami, OK came in to hang for a while, followed by a return visit from Dean "Crazy Legs" Walker, the second in two days. This time he brought me several really neat "Cars" related items. He just can't seem to stay away! A couple from Santa Maria, CA came next. They have 4-5 weeks to do a cross-country trip across Route 66. Dean entertained them by turning his feet backwards so that they could take pictures. I think they left in shock. LOL! The final guest was a gentleman from Oklahoma City who was born and raised in Afton. You all know how much I love talking to Afton old-timers! We had a great conversation, and he promised to look for some old photos to bring me.
I could use some input from my readers. Recently, I put a block on all comments from "Anonymous" because I've been getting a lot of ugly spam on the blog. If any of the rest of you are being blocked, please let me know at LaurelRK66.com. Suddenly, I'm getting a lot fewer comments on my blog, so I'm wondering if I did something wrong while implementing the block. Thanks! I don't want to lose any of you.
How does one get lost in a town that has about four streets? I have no idea, but I managed to do it this morning when I decided to drive around the tiny town of Foyil on my way to Afton. Maybe it was the hour of sleep I lost last night. Anyway, in about two seconds I found myself on a back road leading to approximately nowhere, which can be fun if you're not under time constraints. But I was. I eventually found my way back to Old Route 66, and took a couple of photos on my travels. One is a neat old building which I'm assuming was an old gas station. The other is just a farmhouse, certainly nothing special. For some reason, I related to this house, perhaps because it seems old and substantial, unlike most of the other homes in the town. I could imagine folks sitting on the porch watching all the travelers in the '40s and '50s.