The stories around us

Maybe it is just my brain, maybe it is because kids ask questions you have no possible way of answering like “what is that kids name?” and they point at the model in the poster at the grocery store.  I’ve just started naming them, and then to not destroy my creditably with them I started saying “he is a model they choose for this poster but he looks like a John to me”.  Anyway, filling in the details around scant facts is my go-to brain game.

Right now I drive the same route 2x min a day for school and sometimes more because of activities.  This makes me well acquainted with the shops, empty lots, billboards, and houses along this stretch. It is the stage for the most recent stories in my head.  Last year one of the fields sold and I watched a single guy daily put up a giant structure over the course of a month.  Maybe he was just first on site but to me, it looked like this intrepid person built a very very large ‘barn’ solo.  I imagine him to be a small lotto winner, enough cash to get the land and supplies and to quit his job to follow the dream of building a small business but not enough money to hire help.  Or maybe he is just a mean old guy and nobody wanted to help out so he had the “I’ll show them” attitude as he cleared land, set poles, and then put up sides and a roof.  It seems to be some sort of truck company now, no signs or anything, and while I could probably go to google to get the answer I like imagining better.

Last week another for-sale sign went to sold status on the lot two down from the curmudgeonly lotto winner.  Yesterday there was a pile of supplies.  Today there were 6 guys putting up a fence, it was actually almost done as of 9am so they did a lot since yesterday.  I wonder what is going up there?  There seem to be more than one person on the job at least.  No hope it will be something ‘fun’ because that area is all zoned industrial/farm but I’ll have a good time watching it go up.


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