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  • Birthday 08/07/1986

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  1. I've been watching the show online (since I can't get NBC over the air, and I refuse to pay for many channels I wouldn't watch on cable). In the first few episodes I liked the Cootes, but lately they've treated their winnings of the challenges like they were expected. Silvio DiSalvatore irritated me at first (especially when saying Chicago and Saint Louis aren't big cities), but he's grown on me. I wish they'd strictly stick to 66 instead of going to places like Branson, Mo., but it's an entertaining summer show. Tracy
  2. I'll add U.S. 90 from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans, La., especially in Miss. where it is right along the Gulf. Any town with a war memorial, including Hattiesburg (U.S. 11) and Canton (U.S. 51). Old courthouses are bonuses for some. Some people like old through truss bridges--U.S. 80 in Hinds and Warren Counties, Miss., Old U.S. 82 over the Tombigbee River in Columbus, Old U.S. 81 between Temple and Belton, Tex.
  3. Belated wishes to you from me as well! Tracy
  4. Dave, Thanks for sharing the pics and videos. I passed through this town many times as a child without giving a second thought to the buildings to the east of the highway. I simply thought of Georgetown as the place between Monticello and Crystal Springs where there was a stop sign. Echoing Alex's post, the community in which I live was said to be thriving until the railroad closed in 1933. The post office closed in the early '50s, and the store lasted until the mid-1980s. The only way to tell there was once a town is the old school (which now functions as a preschool). Tracy
  5. Welcome, Hutchman! Like Denny, I cannot help, but I can look. Tracy
  6. Thanks for the videos! Unfortunately, I only have time for a few quick notes. I couldn't get the one of Fla. A1A to work; the site says it is set to private. Even if those oranges are for juicing, I am glad I wash fruit and vegetables. You weren't driving the Dixie; you were flying! That is a nice bridge; too bad it has been defaced. Maybe one day it will be repainted. Looking forward to more, Tracy
  7. Congratulations, Dave! When do we get the advertising brochures? <grin> Since many of the old trails had alternate routes, yours fits right in. I hope you're resting, and I look forward to seeing the movies and pictures. Tracy
  8. Guessing on a few of them: Cars - Shake It Up Bill Haley and His Comets - Shake, Rattle and Roll and (We're Gonna) Rock around the Clock Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move John Mellencamp - R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. Elvis Presley - All Shook Up Stray Cats - Rock This Town I would add Harry Belafonte's "Shake, Shake, Senora," the Swinging Blue Jeans' "Hippy Hippy Shake," Sam Cooke's "Shake" and James and Bobby Purify's "Shake a Tail Feather."
  9. The gas pump looks original to these untrained eyes as well. The building looks old enough, and, and as you said, the island does look like it never held another pump. You made a great find. Those shots of snow are making me cold. Of course, that isn't enough to make me not want to be there; that seems like a great part of the country. As always, thanks for the pictures. Tracy
  10. Thanks for sharing the project. For the section south of Flagstaff, are you following the last route the highway took? I noticed that in places like Florence Junction, even that isn't possible. I'm looking forward to more. Tracy
  11. I had the problem of not being recognised on the same computer with the old software for about a month. Then, like Alex, one day it just started remembering me. I would visit the board on average every two days at school, and I would have to log in every (or almost every) time. When I would go home every two weeks, it would remember me every time. I was using (and still use) the Opera browser both at home and at school. Those gremlins get around. If you have trouble remembering names and passwords, might I suggest Opera? There is a feature called "Wand" that remembers names and passwords. The only problem I have had so far is that some sites require a visitor to use Internet Explorer or Netscape just to view the site. Tracy
  12. Sometimes the best gems are in the small towns. Poplarville, Miss., still has (as of 2006) an old fashioned drugstore with a soda fountain. I stopped in for a chocolate soda or three when I was in college there. It doesn't look like Independence has been without its JC Penney for long. There were still three department stores downtown in my hometown until earlier this decade: Sears, Penney's (it had that '50s or '60s style script) and Lampton's, a local. The drugstore downtown still has a sign reading, "A Walgreen Agency," and there is a faded Coke ad on the side of one of the buildings. I'm one of the ones who wants to join you. Unfortunately, exams are this week and next and my car is parked at home for now. Someday... I'm glad you missed the hailstorm; those aren't fun. Thanks for the photos; I wish I had stopped by the forum before now! Tracy, who is now off to read the rest of the forum ETA: In your post intoducing the Hypotenuse Trail, you asked if I can "see" things as they once were. Most downtown areas (at least in this part of the country) have changed only in the types of businesses (thrift stores instead of department stores, etc.), so it is somewhat easy for me to imagine the cars as Studebakers and Hudsons rather than Toyotas and Hondas. I don't necessarily try to imagine the various businesses in a town unless I know the specifics from old signs, old photos, newspaper articles or personal memories. For example, I cannot pass the Chamber of Commerce in Starkville without seeing the "Giant Market" sign above the door. Rails are easier for me to imagine, since I have a better idea of exactly which lines the tracks were parts of, assuming there are still signs of the tracks (I couldn't tell you exactly where the old bridge across the river, destroyed sometime in the 1970s, was). I guess what I am saying is that I see a sort of ghost image, where the specifics are not present but the general feel is there.
  13. Welcome, Starfire! I had the opportunity to travel U.S. 90 from Luling to Vidor; unfortunately, I was in a bit of a rush so I did not get a chance to take many pictures of the area. I am glad that you will be able to fill in the (many) holes that I left in my photos. I am an anomaly of my generation, as I also enjoy tunes of the 50s-60s, so you are not the only one who blasts those tunes. Tracy
  14. Thanks for sharing, Keep! I will spend more time following the entire trip when I get the time, but I did try to find the rock cabin. There are a few spots in what I think is the area that look as if they may have contained something, but like Mobilene, I am more used to my area of the country (like finding old bridges/roads/structures in the woods or covered in kudzu). I will spend more time looking tomorrow. Tracy
  15. Denny, Thanks for the correction on the fins. I'm not that big on Chrysler products (it goes back to my grandparents not liking them), and my carspotting isn't the best in the world. There are still human toll collectors at the northern end of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. If I remember correctly, there are still some on the Greater New Orleans (er Crescent City Connection) Bridge as well. Luckily, we in Miss. have no toll roads. Tracy
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