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It's no longer going to be a bumpy ride

July 22, 2008 - Jim Bartholow
I was glad to see last week's article on the upcoming paving of Virginia Street. It may only be 800 feet, or so, but it's one rough ride. Of course, the road was really a moonscape before the surface was milled away. I can't wait for September when the new surface is in place. The same goes for Lancaster Street hill, which had become bumpy and wavy. Sure, it's a pain not using that route to go up and down Harmar Hill, but there are alternative routes that are acceptable. The inconvenience now will be worth it in the future, especially when winter arrives and pavements get icy. Negotiating potholes won't be one of the things drivers will have to contend with.

Neat movie

I'm hardly a movie buff _ the last Batman I saw had Michael Keaton _ but I highly recommend a movie Leslie and I saw last week. "The Great Debaters" tells the story of the Wiley College debate team in the mid-1930s. Wiley was a black college that made some big waves thanks to an unrelenting professor (played by Denzel Washington) and lots of dedication by its highly talented debate team. I won't get into the movie's details, but one scene sticks with me. The team is traveling by car to a debate and encounter a lynching crowd. I felt transported to that time and place by the vivid depiction of this tragedy. I knew lynchings occurred, although we weren't taught about them in school. Our history lessons stuck to presidential politics and wars. One of the characters in the movie was a teen-aged James Farmer Jr., who I remember as a key figure in the 1960s civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King. That thought transported me to my early teen years growing up in Cleveland. I remember my dad, a milkman for Sealtest dairy, coming home to tell us King and his followers were organizing a boycott of Sealtest milk products, I think, because of hiring practices or pricing practices. My dad was outraged, to put it mildly, about the boycott hurting us economically. I thought, well if there's something unfair going on, King and his people are only trying to rectify it. I tried to speak up, but my mom and dad would hear nothing of it. End of conversation. Back to the movie, I urge you to see it.

Ice cream social

Broughton's Ice Cream Social was a blast. Sure it was 110 degrees, but the ice cream was awesome and I didn't even make it over to the grandstand area for Death by Chocolate or Butter Pecan. That's OK, my sundae was super. Ditto for the frozen smoothie, ice tea, and root beer float. It was great to see so many familiar faces, too.

 
 

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