May and Memories of Summer
It's May! Woohoo!! That means Summer to me. Which
means all kinds of outdoor stuff and, unfortunately
for the website, not many people visiting as often as
in the winter. That's okay. Just make it a point to
check in once in a while in case there are any updates
on reunions or get togethers. Speaking of summer, the
SpringerConnection shirts are now available for pre-ordering.
A must for your summer wardrobe. Check out the message
board for the low down on how to order.
Many of the old icons of our youth (young people bear
with me) are passing by the wayside. That's the way
it goes for those of us that are getting older and grayer.
Our youthful memories become just that
as places, people, and things that made up our youth
disappear from the landscape. (Young people listen up
now!) I never thought these words would ever, and I
mean ever, come out of my mouth or word-processor! I
thought I would never get to this point in my life where
I sit around and reminisce about the past. I have finally
reached old fogey-dom.
What made me wax nostalgic like this is the passing
of Mr. Carneal. My condolences go out to the Carneal
Family and to Highland Springs. Now, no one would ever
accuse Carneal's of being mistaken for a four star restaurant.
Not even a one star. (I would love to see a restaurant
review of Carneal's by Denise Feldman Reynolds. For
those of you who do not know Denise Feldman Reynolds,
HS Class of 1975, writes Fine Dining Restaurant reviews
for Gold Coast magazine.) But, what Carneal's
was a place to go grab a burger and fries without
having to travel all the way to Eastgate Mall area or
to Burger King on Williamsburg Road. There was no McDonald's
or Popeye's or Hardee's in Highland Springs back then.
Carneal's, like Parker's before it, gave us something
we did not have access to. Greasy cheesy burgers! Yum.
The big difference today is that kids can get burgers
and what I call junk food, right in the cafeteria at
school. So what is the incentive to skip out to Carneal's
and get a burger?
I feel bad that the kids of today will never enjoy
a 10¢ ice cream cone from Leigh Bowling Alley.
A 12¢ comic from the Center Pharmacy is long gone.
And when was the last time you sneaked a drink straight
from the Curles Neck Dairy bottle in the refrigerator
before your Mom caught you? Some of these things can
never be recovered. But, what you can do is go to Carneal's
and grab yourself a greasy cheesy burger before it is
Until next time
see ya'll on the message board.