First on the agenda this afternoon is a milestone of note. Our 1,000th post is now less than ten entries away.
When this project began the primary catalyst was educational as I was at a cross roads. I could either become at least partially literate in regards to new technologies or I could just pull the plug and find some place where it was still possible to homestead, pan for gold, grow your own food, and keep the cabin warm with wood.
I like keeping things simple. I am also entranced with technologies of the past. Still, years ago I tried setting the way back machine to 1890 and found it to be a fascinating way of life. In fact, it was a good life, especially if I did not planning on living long and but now I am looking sixty right square in the eye.
My voyage into the modern technological era began with email, moved to digital photography, then the blog, and eventually, a website. Last year I actually sent a text message.
Now my goals are quite simple. Find a balance between the world of 1890 and the frustrating, cold, impersonal age of electronic technology. Somehow there must be a way to blend the two together.
Now, a couple of quick updates. John and Judy Springs, 66 The Mother Road, are cooking up a Route 66 contest that will be the contest others aspire to in future years. Details will be published soon.
The February issue of Smithsonian Magazine has a great feature article on Route 66. You can find more information, a link, and preview at Route 66 News. This is also a great source for current information, events, and the economic impact of Route 66.
Details are being finalized but it looks as though I will be signing books as a fund raiser for the Arizona Route 66 Association at the Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman during the annual Route 66 Fun Run scheduled for the first weekend in May. In addition, the push is on to have at least a portion of the Route 66 in Mohave County exhibit on the second floor mezzanine complete. My dearest friend and I were quite honored to be selected as the photographers for this state centennial project.
Next on my calendar will be the annual KABAM festival, also in Kingman, on the third weekend of the month of May. This celebration of books and literacy, another event I am quite proud to be associated with, features lectures at the library and at local schools, as well as a day in the park with authors, poets, and musicians.
I spoke with Sam, the owner of the historic El Trovatore Motel in Kingman, this past weekend, and am pleased to report he is holding fast to his plans for the renovation of this Route 66 landmark.
The neon sign in front is back on even though one letter needs repair. The neon trim on the office and first block of renovated rooms is again lighting the night. Now he is planning murals for the east walls and the relighting of the tower on the bluff at the back of the property.
We have added an option for the purchase of a print of the month in the right column along with options for ordering a signed copy of Ghost Towns of Route 66 and other travel guides written, Backroads of Arizona, Route 66 Backroads, and Ghost Towns of the Southwest. Next will be an option for selecting and ordering prints in various sizes that we hope to have operational in a week or so. I should also note that we are offering a discount for orders of ten or more, or for those looking to add our prints to the walls of their restaurant, motel, or office. Contact us for details.
Last, but not least, I am pleased (and just a bit concerned) to announce my schedule for 2012 is filling fast. The tab at the page contains details. If you would like to schedule an appearance for your fund raiser or event, please let me know soon.
This past weekend gave me a litany of reasons to retreat to 1930, a time when the existent technologies did not dictate or dominate life, and they could be understood and repaired by most anyone with common sense and a box of basic tools.
On Saturday morning my attempt to provide a few exciting updates about Route 66 to the bog was met with a tab reading “Blogger Dashboard” and a blank page. Suffice to say, between my dearest friend and I we were able to figure it out.
Of course it required the loss of almost an entire day, a couple of beers, lots of prayer to avoid giving the computer a case of high velocity lead poisoning, and greatly elevated blood pressure. To say the very least, this past couple of days have solidified my belief that the modern electronic age and the society built upon it is a great deal like an inverted pyramid.
It was the type of weekend that has you looking forward to work for a bit of rest. In addition to the computer issues there was a bit of touch and go with my daughter in law (for a time it looked as though our granddaughter would be arriving a few weeks early) and as a result we had the grandchildren, an inquisitive 15 month old grandson and a delightful four year old granddaughter that likes to test the boundaries.
In between I worked on development of a business and marketing plan that will be utilized for the solicitation of corporate sponsorship for the envisioned Route 66 promotional tour that will include an educational program for schools, and the publicity for the new book, a Route 66 encyclopedia, as well as the previous book, Ghost Towns of Route 66. The idea is to use the promotion of these books as a venue for the promotion of the road, its unique culture, the people who give it life and vitality, and to educate a new generation about its importance to the evolution of American society. Lofty goals to say the very least.
There are a great number of developments on Route 66 that I look forward to sharing with you. So, this evening I will get these posted.
In the mean time there are a few meetings to attend, a dentist appointment, and other pressing details.