(Note: While our columnist is fighting some health issues, we are running one of his “best of” Musings from November 2004)
It was a lovely fall day. Walking out of the Tribune to my truck, I opened then, looking at the blue sky, closed my door. It was time for a stroll. I waved at the always affable Roger and the good folks at Evan’s Feed & Livestock. Farther along the old sidewalk and into Vintage Cadillac, old friend Terry Gallagher, born on the exact same day as yours truly — but shows his age a lot better — was not too busy to say hello.
Never one to pass up a chance “to stop and smell the roses, I pause to see Marilyn Wibbenhorst at Madera Flower Shop. My gal over the years has been the recipient of, oh say, a thousand flowers. Marilyn always accommodates my floral wishes, no matter how strange they may seem.
Across Yosemite to Cesar Chavez Plaza, at the corner I remember McMahan’s and Manager David Lee. There’s a soul who will bring a smile to your face. Behind the furniture store you can almost hear Frank Logoluso, Waldo Miles and the other keglers at Madera Bowl. They all believed that they could throw a perfect game on the lanes. Today, the lanes are gone — it is the home to the Believer’s Church. I don’t believe they pray for strikes.
At the corner of 5th and E streets stands a metal building that once housed A-1 Body Shop. Many a Madera Unified school bus was painted in the early morning hours inside. Too cheaply perhaps, but it was a service to the community. Next door is Madera Quality Meats. There’s always a friendly hello from locals Jim and Diane. Across the street is a menagerie of businesses, including the odd trio of K9 Cuts (good pet grooming) sandwiched between two auto repair establishments. On the corner, the stately old icehouse that seemed forever empty is now home to a landscape and wrought-iron venture...