Arizona’s open terrain

Arizona's open roadsWhile continuing to drive westward in Arizona toward the Grand Canyon it becomes obvious the open terrain that is combined with the natural beauty.

Trains tracks along I-40 in ArizonaComing from a populated area in Florida, along with the heavy foliage, I enjoyed seeing the openness where you can see for miles.

The long trains looked so lonely as they regularly covered their routes going west and east.  I’m sure the train engineers appreciate the rails where they can “cruise” and not encounter so many crossings in metropolitan and rural locations.

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I didn’t research the impact of rail to the rural towns as compared to the Interstates but I think the rail actually helped the smaller towns.

Trains along I-40 in ArizonaI published an earlier post about a town in Louisiana and the impact of Interstate 10.  The train’s running through the town were eventually negatively affected by the Interstate expansion as well as the town.

Trains along I-40 in Arizona - 3Even as the trains continue to run through rural routes I doubt you’ll find one stopping in the towns as compared to years past when passengers would travel on them.  Many towns now don’t rely on trains for their individual supplies neither.

What about Native Americans?  We still don’t recognize the impact of our progress and growth to their lives.

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I still enjoy the remaining beauty though; and I’m thankful for efforts of our society to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Love and Blessings!

Ron

“Cars” origination on 66

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America’s highway, Route 66 warrants getting off the Interstate system and taking the back roads.

There are many websites that discuss some of the history of Route 66 and its significance to modern road travels beginning in the U.S.

Historic66.com provides good insight and respective photos along and near the route.  https://www.historic66.com/faq/cars.php

As we “happened” to travel through Holbrook, Arizona we were surprised to see Route 66 influence there as well.

Since it was time to eat we stopped at a restaurant that looked like a typical Route 66-themed place.

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Wow!  We had no clue about the connection of the restaurant and the town of Holbrook and the entire area toward creation of the movie “Cars.”

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If you haven’t seen the movie “Cars” it is funny, entertaining and highlights a little of the historic changes along Route 66.  Check out the Historic66.com webiste for a movie trailer and additional information.  “Route 66 inspired the movie Cars, produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The working title for the movie was in fact “Route 66″. The crew traveled the old Mother Road quite a few times for their research. Route 66 experts acting as consultants guided some of these trips. Evidence of the research trips is found both in the movie itself and in several Route 66 businesses that were visited by the crewmembers.”

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“Cars” research team contributed to their creation of the movie while at Joe and Aggies Cafe as evidenced in this photo in the restaurant’s scrapbook.

Radiator Springs?

The town Radiator Springs is fictional.  According to Historic66.com “There is no town anywhere along Route 66 called Radiator Springs. And yet, many a small town resembles it a lot.” One can readily see that then the Interstate  opened towns and businesses were significantly impacted.

“If you want to see Radiator Springs, you can either head to Disneyland and visit the fictional recreation Cars Land, or you can go for the real life version on Route 66.”

As we left Joe and Aggies, we were elated to see the influence in Holbrook alone.  Since it was later in the evening we didn’t get to travel around the other towns but I enjoyed seeing some of the “flavor” before heading back to the Interstate.

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Before wrapping up the “Cars” impact and Route 66 I wanted to add a little modern day twist to racing.  Lightning McQueen was heading to a big race in California (Route 66 ends in California) when he rolled out of the back of the tractor/trailer and was lost as he rode to Radiator Springs.

Lightning McQueen eventually made it to the race which makes me think of Daytona in Florida, closer to home.  Daytona has one of its major races as part of the 4th of July celebration.  The race in 2018 is July 7 and is Coke Zero Sugar 400.   http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/ ,

I’m not there but here are a few photos of the raceway.  Are you a race fan? I enjoy attending when I can or at least watching on TV.

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I wonder if Lightning McQueen will show at the race today if he was able to divert from Route 66?

All the best,

Ron

(All photos except as otherwise noted are by RonLin Photography for Tittle Thoughts.)

Mother’s Influence in Her Children’s Sports

Mother’s Influence in Her Children’s Sports

Mothers make a significant sacrifice and contribution to teach their children how to play sports, or at least encourage them. 

This is an effort to recognize some of these contributions.   

I recall the special efforts, interest and encouragement by Audrey Tittle, my mother, Mom's Picture-oval as she struggled to work and still took an active interest in my brother and me, encouraging us to go to practice and “anything worth doing is worth doing it right.”  She would take the time to listen to us talk about our experiences.  

 

 

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Bernice Gray, my mother-in-law, took an active part to teach our son about baseball: catch, pitch and bat.  

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Linda,  my wife, was always an encouragement to our son and also our grandchildren to encourage them in sports and trying new activities. We wanted to expose our son to at least try out with T-ball when he was five-years-old.  He would come home and tell his mother he didn’t want to play.  She would encourage him to at least keep trying and if he didn’t like it after the first season then he wouldn’t have to continue.

1998 (1)Our son played on some great teams through his school years and also at Englewood High School in Jacksonville where they had a winning team.  He and his wife now teach their children and encourage them – not just in baseball but other sports as well.  

These influences, as subtle as they may seem, created special moments and influences for which I am very grateful. 

In an effort to tell about a mother’s influence, I would like to know of your special experiences.  

Think about what you would like to say as a tribute to mothers.  I’ll ask some questions in a couple of days to help trigger your thoughts so others can benefit from your experience.