We’re Here!

Man, is this a small town. I thought it had grown into a medium sized city, but in a lot of ways it is still a small town.

When I was a kid, we had a “party” telephone line in Fort Collins . I’ll bet some of you don’t even know what that is. When I was really young, if my parents needed to make a call, they picked up the phone and listened to make sure none of the neighbors were using the neighborhood phone line. As I got a little older, the “party” lines changed. You didn’t need to listen for another conversation on the line; you just got a busy signal when someone was using the line. It was a big deal when my folks paid extra to the phone company to get our own private line.

Holy cow, I’ve lived here a long time. Did I ever tell you my great-grandfather has a street named after him in Fort Collins ? Sorry, I don’t know why I brought that up!

Do you guys remember when there were two yarn stores on Linden before the Old Town Square? Another store was in the Opera Galleria block. That was before downtown was called Old Town . Heck in those days is was Only Town. And then they opened another store on Lemay and Drake, over by Toddy’s. Oh yeah, Toddy’s is gone too.

Elaine loved that store. That store and its owners will always hold a warm place in Elaine’s heart. When the store closed, Elaine and I had a conversation about acquiring the store. It was a five minute conversation, but it was a conversation. Gosh, we were just kids.

Now here we are on College Ave. It’s a pretty good spot for us. I wish our backroom storage was bigger. I wonder if we should occupy more space in the basement of this building. That would certainly give us more storage.

I talked to a realtor about finding a place with more storage and possibly an apartment someone could stay in after evening classes instead of driving to the ranch.