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Sears Tower, The Loop, Chicago
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Jim Croce Cassette, Waupaca, WI
On Saturday night my dad and Stephanie and I went back to the old house to grab a few things that were left behind earlier in the day and to get Max & Callie. When I got into my dad’s truck something hit my foot and when I looked down it was Jim Croce’s Time in a Bottle, Greatest Love Songs.
Side 1, Track 1:
If I could save time in a bottle the first thing that I’d like to do is to save every day till eternity passes away just to spend them with you.
I can’t tell you how many times this opening line made me want to bash my head against the dash when I was a little kid riding around in the car. I’ve since grown to appreciate Jim Croce’s music and songwriting, but back then he was just some old dead guy my dad liked who sang boring songs and even Leroy Brown, the baddest man in the whole damn town, wasn’t cool. Now I know that Leroy is from Chicago’s south side and is meaner than a junkyard dog, and I’m all right with him. I actually really like the song, I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song, which unfortch was released after Jim Croce died in 1973.
I also remember a lot about the Croces from when I lived in San Diego. I remember hearing a story about how Jim & Ingrid moved to San Diego to settle down and concentrate on their family (in Normal Heights, no less), but Jim just had to go out and do one last tour.. then they’d be all set. And it was on that tour that he died in a plane crash. Ingrid now has a popular restaurant in the Gaslamp District. I could also remember hearing a lot of his son, AJ Croce.. I think he might play at the restaurant.
Still, as a kind of inside joke, my brother and I just have to look at each other and in a soft voice sing “if i could save time in a bottle….” to make the other one roll their eyes and laugh. And then want to bash our heads on the dashboard.
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September 26th, 2005 · 9 Comments
Jessica, Waupaca, WI
Callie, New London, WI
Dad & Stephanie, New London, WI
This weekend my parents moved from New London, WI to Waupaca, WI. They’ve got a bigger house now, more rooms, an additional fireplace, a few more acres, and a pond. The detached garage is huge, with a ton of space for all the stuff my dad’s always tinkering with.. woodworking and whatever else used to go on in our old basement and garage. The garage also is heated and has cable tv and an 8-track and sink and so many amenities that we’re calling it “dad’s apartment”. I wonder if my parents will ever see each other any more!
The photos above – Jess is turning into a rock star with some glasses she found in one of the packed boxes and a hat that my Aunt Sue crocheted for her.
Of the animals that moved, Callie is the one seeming to have the hardest time with it. She’s about 14 years old and has only ever lived at the old house, where she was indoor/outdoor, but mostly outdoor. So it’s all new to her. Bailey (cat) is younger and seems to be fine so far.. and Max (dog), who’s also really old and hasn’t known another home, seems to be ok. He barked for the whole night, but I think he was just disoriented. He should be ok after a while and he’s got a nice indoor/outdoor dog run connected to dad’s apartment that I think he’ll like.
The last photo was taken at the old house. It’s a tree that my dad and Stephanie planted together.. when she was really young? I’m not sure when it was planted. They’ll have to plant a new tree at the new house. Also, Steph is holding the last tomato we found in the garden at the old house.
September 24th, 2005 · 5 Comments
Let’s Pet Puppies, Lakeview, Chicago
I’ve been past Let’s Pet Puppies a few times in the last week or so and it seems like the shop is shut down.