THE OLD, THE NEW

Took my Pentax K10d out with me just cruising around the back Country Roads looking for some Fall Images that would be interesting to view for my followers.  There was not much right now to be found, I’m sorry to report.  The Fall Season is here, but there is not much in Fall Foliage right now.  It’s a bit spotty.  Some color here, and some there.  Has not gotten up to peak quite yet.

So after wasting some gas on the back country roads, I thought about taking a swing thru my old town of Fleetwood, PA to see if anything was new.  Not really anything.  This old town does not seem to change that much.  So, I ended up at the Fleetwood High School and the idea came to me to show what the “New” High School looks like, compared to what I had more than 50 yrs. ago.

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This is the New Fleetwood High School that was built a number of years ago.  It sure is big, compared to what I had.  I’m more than sure that it is all air-conditioned, and carpeted with all kinds of different colors inside.  Since I just can’t walk into a High School anymore because of Security, I can only imagine what’s there.  There is now a huge Soccer and Football field that is behind the school.  The Field is not grass anymore.  It’s that Astro Turf stuff.  The Track is the same way!  Expensive stuff.  The bleachers are not wood anymore.  They are now Aluminum, but just as hard to sit on.  There are also Tennis Courts in the back.  I sure hope that the younger generation appreciates just what they have compared to what I had.  I’m sure they don’t.  It’s just taken for granted.

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This is what my High School looks like today.  This is the school that I left in 1965 to join the US Navy.  Not much has changed over the years.  It is now used as an Administration Building.  Back in my day, there was no carpet on the floor and no air-conditioning.  Air-conditioning for us was open windows on a warm day.  Most of what you see here were classrooms with the Cafaterier down at the other end.  The street was lined with school buses at the end of the day.  Most walked home, cause of living near-by.  The Tennis Court that is just across the street is now a Parking Lot.  My Track & Field area is off to the right and out of the Image.  It was grass & stone.  You can barely still pick out the Track where I used to run during Gym class, but it’s there if you look close enough.  After taking this Image, with the Sun fading fast, my mind went back in time.  Many memories for me are here.  I can still picture the sidewalk loaded with us teen-agers all glad to be out of school for the day.  Yeah, well.  Time marches on.

Thank You.

4 thoughts on “THE OLD, THE NEW

  • Les, it’s nice to know a little bit about you. I have to say about the Fall Foliage here in Western New York State, the Fall Foliage has been a major disappointment thus far. Many trees are now bare but yet many trees are still green so just as you said the fall foliage has been sparse here and there. I’m not even sure at this point if there will even be a peak foliage in these whereabouts. I’m just doing what I can with my trusty Canon to the best of my ability in capturing the color I do see. 😁

    • It’s the same way here, AmyRose. There is not much color for some reason. There is usually more here at this time of the year. I’ll give Mother Nature a week or so. Then it should be much better. Be Well, Amy.

      • You be well, too, Les. I was just admiring our huge Maple trees yesterday and how they still remain green. This is the END of October all ready. We’ve been known to get hit with early snow storms here and I pray this will not be the case this year. One year it did happen with the leaves still on trees and we had major destruction of trees from the extremely heavy wet snow. Lake Effect Snow …..

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