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MrRazz Posted - 01/13/2015 : 19:57:11
As winter has settled in, my mind drifts (happens quite often at my age) back to my youthful days in Hessville. Remember sledding down the hill south of 169th St. east of the water tower...still have my flexible flyer with black tape over one side of the steering after crashing into another sled...it's been thru my 2 kids and now grandsons. Shoveling snow to make a few extra bucks. And my favorite...ice skating...Lost Park, Harding Park, and occasionally Hessville Park, and even on the street after the cars had packed the snow down and with the thaw/freeze turned to ice. Often wonder if the city still has these ponds in the parks and if the kids use them, or if video games have replaced these fun activities. Great memories!
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MrRazz Posted - 08/22/2015 : 13:06:29
Your post made me chuckle, Paddy. I remember one girl in our group got on the tail end. Either she didn't wrap around tight enough, didn't want to, or we had too many on the toboggan, but she got dragged most of the way down the hill. She looked pretty good before the ride, but she sure looked like hell when she crawled off at the bottom...covered in snow and ice and hair sticking out in all directions .
Paddy Posted - 08/19/2015 : 16:04:52
The toboggan slide at Palos Park was very memorable, probably because we got to wrap our legs and arms around the girls!
MrRazz Posted - 05/20/2015 : 20:28:40
Thanks, Paddy, for posting on status of the parks' ice skating ponds...always wondered if they were still there. I also remember flying on a toboggan down Swallow Cliffs in Palos Park years ago...heard the slides there are gone now too. Kind of sad, but nothing seems to stay the same...great memories though.
Paddy Posted - 04/24/2015 : 22:16:06
When we lived on Beech Street, I learned to skate at Irving Park at Columbia Avenue and Hoffman Street. We later moved to a house on Harrison Avenue, and we skated at Harrison Park on Hohman Avenue. Both parks had warming houses and drew lots of skaters. Today, the ponds at both parks are no longer, having been filled in with dirt.
silentshep Posted - 02/20/2015 : 23:57:35
Reminds me of the Shepherd Show from 12-21-62. The Boy Scout trip to the snow covered Sand Dunes,,, They slide down the winter Dunes on a Bob Sled out onto the frozen lake.. sheer terror.
seejay2 Posted - 02/20/2015 : 05:22:19
Touche'
S C Jones Posted - 02/19/2015 : 11:31:11
Chris,

I have lived here since 1962. Ice and hills and drivers who
think they can get in their cars and speed through anything (and age with brittle bones) has slowed me down in the Region Rat Bravado. : )

seejay2 Posted - 02/19/2015 : 05:31:26
I'm surprised SC! You qualify as a "Region Chic" and should be well seasoned to whatever winterlike conditions are tossed at you.
I will have to admit though, after living down here for a few years, any winter weather that is fastpitched to me becomes a little harder to pick up each time...Cj
S C Jones Posted - 02/18/2015 : 10:59:56
We got a good coating of snow this morning, so I was able to walk out to put
the trash can out for pick/up.

Underneath the snow is still ice, but the traction was good today.

An Ice storm and the 2010 flood here, caused many to listen up when told to
prepare. I found this time that there were fewer rushes to get, but a steady
gathering in a staples just in case. (But, then, I live in a more sparsely populated
area of town--the edge of suburbia and going into rural. (However, that won't last long, with the vulture developers looming over the county.


seejay2 Posted - 02/18/2015 : 05:35:33
5 or 6 inches depending where, but there was sleet before that. People here are still gun shy over the ice storm they had in '09. so the mere mention of 'snow' is enough to close down the schools and empty the bread and milk shelves in the local Kroger.
I guess they will always remember the same way we remember Jan '67...Cj
S C Jones Posted - 02/17/2015 : 10:18:48
Seejay,

Do you have ice under your snow? (You did get snow?) I know Hopkinsville has
almost a foot of snow, if not more. If we get any snow, it will come today/tonight.

We have only sleet/ice covered streets and sidewalks and virtually no traffic--well,
except for those who take to the interstates thinking they will be clear.

Semis either lined up on interstates or jack-knifed. I don't expect to get out of my house for at least 2 more days with the temperatures so low.



seejay2 Posted - 02/17/2015 : 05:37:40
Murray, KY is talking -9 temps for tomorrow.
S C Jones Posted - 02/16/2015 : 18:38:56
I've been iced in for one day and am already stir crazy or have cabin fever. If we had had snow, I could have been out in it and sledding with an 80 yr. old neighbor on her ancient sled.

The ice we have on the roadway (within our neighborhood it will not be salted, sprayed, scraped.) reminds me of the year someone in my Grand Park neighborhood got a new appliance that came in a huge cardboard box. That box became our
sliding platform of choice in the street under the streetlight in front of our house.

And we belly-flopped on to sleds in those flat-lands. Sleep came easy after several
times in the cold and snow. Sleep doesn't come as easy for me now, and a few minutes in the cold and ice is all I want to have.

You Kentuckians got a big snow, you lucky ducks.
Tom J Posted - 01/16/2015 : 21:19:55
quote:
Originally posted by BobK

Tom, it was amazing, we all were on the same level, no sucking up. All of us were going through employee lockers looking for food.

Bob




Strange how adversity tends to put us all on the same level, huh?

Tomster
BobK Posted - 01/16/2015 : 20:37:25
Tom, it was amazing, we all were on the same level, no sucking up. All of us were going through employee lockers looking for food.

Bob
MrRazz Posted - 01/15/2015 : 21:17:33
quote:
Originally posted by duane

Remember the big snow of 1967?
Even the sky was clearer because the Mills shut down.
I loved that time, I still remember it well. No school and lots of snow forts were built.



Isn't amazing that the only time we saw the stars shining was in the dead of winter...didn't find out that they shined year round 'til I moved out West.

Do remember that storm well...pulled my sled down to 165th to pick up my bundles of "Times" to deliver...the usual drop off at my house was impossible.
Tom J Posted - 01/15/2015 : 20:01:20
quote:
Originally posted by BobK

I was at work for both events. I had only been at a new place of employment when the snow of 67 had me stuck at work for 3 days with the President of the company, the controller and my boss the Data Processing manager.

Bob




Did you take advantage of the golden opportunity to suck up to the big shots?
BobK Posted - 01/15/2015 : 16:44:55
I was at work for both events. I had only been at a new place of employment when the snow of 67 had me stuck at work for 3 days with the President of the company, the controller and my boss the Data Processing manager.

Bob
seejay2 Posted - 01/15/2015 : 07:58:26
Forgetting the Big Snow would be like forgetting where you were when JFK was shot---ain't gonna happen...Cj
duane Posted - 01/14/2015 : 20:41:49
Remember the big snow of 1967?
Even the sky was clearer because the Mills shut down.
I loved that time, I still remember it well. No school and lots of snow forts were built.
Tom J Posted - 01/13/2015 : 20:28:53
I remember shoveling snow for folks on my street to earn some money for Christmas shopping. Of course my main source of funds for Christmas shopping was to ask Mom and Dad for it. :)

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