Love where you live!
LA MESA -- When my children were young they loved being read to. And I loved to read, so it was a match made in heaven. One of their favorite books as well as one of mine was Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. In it was every conceivable thing that could go. Trucks and cars and fire engines. A pumpkin car. A broom-o-cycle. And every manner of construction vehicle you could ever wish to see. That was my favorite spread in the book. The construction vehicles.
That's why I am so excited, or at least that's one of the reasons I am excited about the Street Scape coming to my block next week. I have watched it happening up and down La Mesa Blvd, most recently in front of San Filippos. I love the sights, the sounds, and the busy-ness of the entire process.
Make no mistake, I know the difficulties it has brought to businesses, keeping shoppers at bay and bringing dust and dirt and noise to the door. And I don't mean to minimize that hardship in any way. But for me, for the next month or so, I am going to be over the moon watching all the heavy equipment right outside my door at 8219. With my perfect perch here I will watch it go from destruction to completion, and if it looks as wonderful as it does down at San Filippos now, which of course it will, it will be a fascinating thing to behold.
I have had remodeling done at my house a few times, and I know what a mess it can be. And weather can cause delays. But once done it is so precisely perfect it is a marvel to behold. In the case of the Street Scape, I wonder, as often I do at building sites, how do so many people working separately come up with completed projects so straight and perfect, everything joining up right where it should. Incredible to my way of thinking.
So for those of you who don't have the bird's eye view that I have, I'm going to send a few before during and after photos from inside my store as my block is the recipient of the make over. I might even bring in my old copy of Cars and Trucks and Things That Go and see if any of the vehicles Richard Scarry drew come past my store. Probably not a pickle car or a mouse van, but I’m excited to see a few tractors and fork lifts and my favorite, the cement mixers and dump trucks.
Progress is a good thing!