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Old 03-10-2015, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Hey somebody else had a '52 Chevy, but mine was a green one. Dad bought it for me to commute from Madeira to UC. I drove that succer everywhere, can't even remember how many miles I put on it. Dad was a pretty good mechanic and we tore just about everything on that car down at one time or another.

My only interesting clutch story was one in the middle of the winter. can't remember what year. I had several riders from Madeira I drove back and forth to UC, kind of like running a cab service. This one very snowy day I was picking one up on a dead end street with nothing at the end but a large hillside, no guardrail no nothing! Was trying to get some traction on the rather slight slope but a significant amount of ice. Had the bright idea if I backed up onto unused street I could get enough traction to go forward. Had a girl in the rear seat I wanted to identify how much space I had to back up. Never trust a female's vision on anything in a car. Next thing I knew we went over the hillside and down. I can't remember exactly what we hit, but it sure did a number on the trunk lid, about pushed it into the rear seat. So a phone call to Dad, bring the longest chain you have and the truck to pull me off this hill. He did and we got out. Next weekend it was off to the junk yards to find a replacement trunk lid. Found one, not the same color, but so what, it fit

The foibles of your youth. I had them and my kids have had them, just part of growing up. Adds immensely to your life's experiences.
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:44 PM
 
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I cruised Reading Road in a blue 52 Chevy. My dad was a traveling salesman,(as was my grand-father, my great grand-father and me--selling is genetic) He drove that car for 190,000 miles before the odometer broke and another year, or two, before he gave the car to me. I drove it almost two years from Portman to UC.

I lost 2nd gear somewhere during the first year then reverse went. It was a real challenge to get to UC early enough to find the first space in line aiming down hill. Going from 1st to third was no problem. No reverse was problematic. I never had to change the oil, I carried a 5 gallon can of oil and topped it off every day.

That car knew every spot on Reading Rd. From downtown out past Evendale to the country.

When 1st gear died I had to put her to sleep
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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Default Swimming holes of yesteryear

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The Cabana Club, or as I knew it, The Park Swim and Cabana Club was operative in the later 50's and was the conversion of the Alm's Hotel's pool to a private summer swim club. Very popular amongst WHHS students.
Thanks for that recollection. Very few readers have commented on the Club, and my own recollections are quite dim. We switched to the Clinton Hills pool some time in the early 1960's - perhaps with the demise of the Cabana.
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:56 AM
 
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Thanks for that recollection. Very few readers have commented on the Club, and my own recollections are quite dim. We switched to the Clinton Hills pool some time in the early 1960's - perhaps with the demise of the Cabana.

They built a wall around the pool on the west and south sides. I am thinking that the exact location of the Cabana Club was at the corner of Park and WHT.


A precursor to the wet spa of today.

Wet Republic

Who knew. It all started here.
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Old 03-12-2015, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Hey. the pure fact is this thread has about zero relevance in today's society other than nostalgia, which is not going to bring any of it back. Reading Rd has been fighting a dropping environment and I see little to make it change.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Nobody's making you click on the thread, Ken.
Speaking of canine spas, in one of northeast Woes Lawn's nondescript collections of warehouses and low-rise office buildings (on Reinhold to be specific) there's a "hydrotherapy" place FOR DOGS that to me sounds pretty cool. An enterprising retired UC professor owns one of the undistinguished corrugated-metal buildings and has done a full remodeling of the interior to hold an Olympic-size swimming pool. Dog-owned people bring their furry friends who have undergone surgery or are suffering from arthritis there. And it works! Trained humans put life jackets on the pooches and guide them through exercise sessions in the water. When the hour or whatever is up people notice differences in their pet's gait, ability to stand, etc, and mood that are sometimes profound. I don't put that on the same level of frivolity as "doggie day care" and gluten-free treat boutiques. My cat of two decades was arthritic early on thanks to loving to climb and regularly making "NBA jumps" of as high as eight feet. When I got clued in to a supplement to alleviate the symptoms Weasie regained some of her agility and was noticeably happier. There's no way a feline would agree to hydrotherapy (LMAO) but my point is that people who love their "amminuls" won't think twice before dropping cash to help them feel better.

To the naysayers it bears mentioning that this facility has only been in operation for four years at most. Clearly somebody was OK enough with the location that they moved forward with establishing their business there. And clearly enough clientele aren't scared off by the neighborhood's not entirely unearned reputation to keep it from being successful. It's not only storefront churches, dollar stores, fast food, payday loans, and nail/hair salons that have a niche in the Reading Rd corridor between Seymour and Summit. The problem is that these "ghetto" businesses are there as disproportionately as they are. But some people already have faith that things aren't as uniformly terrible as they seem, and who knows what all the new R & D facilities and dare I venture to say Mid Pointy Crossing will bring?
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati near
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Does anyone who has been around a little longer than me know the story of the Carrousel Keyer Tobacco Shoppe on Reading Road a few blocks South of Galbraith? It is a nice little shop for pipes and cigars, but it seems to be operated by only two or three older gentlemen. I suspect that they used to do a whole lot more business than they do today, as I have found a number of estate pipes bearing their manufacturer's mark. Based on conversations I overheard overheard among some of the people who I have seen smoking cigars there, there also seems that there may be some sort of connection to Cuba.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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From my supposed ivory tower on the East Coast I can't remember who it was who ran as an independent for City Council in 2013 and made campaign stops in all "52"* neighborhoods of the city. He's AA and had a Caucasian hipster (if that's not redundant) assistant named Carlton Farmer whose father was in Boy Scouts w/me. (Yes, I'm from Cincinnati. haha It's not six degrees of separation there, more like 3 max.)

Meandering right to the point, this gentleman on his odyssey over + under + around the city's seven hills made several filmed stops in Woes Lawn. And one of them was at that very tobacconist. I watched the session some time ago & recall that some of the history of the place was gone over. A YouTube search under the not yet successful politician's name would yield the clip easy-peasy. His other stops in the neighborhood were the Gospel Coffee Shop before it moved off Section Rd, and a newly opened shoe store in the mostly vacant Valley Shopping Center whose flabby-armed female proprietor was all marked up w/tattoos. (My street sense told me the place was totally a front for something shady & has probably long since been closed down. LOL)
Anyhow, the tobacconist is an unlikely holdout in those crumbling "shoppes" - which did, at least, have some of their most glaring deterioration like a dangling gutter fixed the last time I happened by. They've been there since Day One around 1970. You can be sure that back then the building wasn't only fully occupied with a waiting list, the other tenants didn't include a grimy convenience store or a storefront church! And the guests of the Carrousel Inn itself were just a tad bit more upscale.

*52 neighborhoods, my ascot. It's 44. The other eight are politically motivated divisions cleft within the original communities - such as East Westwood.
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Old 03-12-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Goyguy you moved out of Cincinnati how many years ago? Why do you keep coming back to this forum? Does it fill something lacking in your life, like conversing with real live people who don't have an axe to grind? Like the majority of your posts, but the Reading Rd thread should just be allowed to subside.

Same for the Stratford Manor and Eastwood Village thread. I had several relatives who lived there. Don't have a problem with people reminiscing, lord knows I do plenty of it But there is a point where it totally interferes with something projecting itself as a venue to the future. If many people simply want a reminisce vehicle transfer to somewhere else. But as long as you are here I will participate and add my remembrances. Sorry if I offend anyone, but it is just a fact of life.

If that is a nasty thought to you, I will start a Madeira thread and flood you with stories about how it was a great place to grow up in. But I don't think it is in the interest of the majority of the forum viewers. So let's think of a way to get this forum back to a grass roots mentality. Sorry, just my thought.
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Old 03-12-2015, 02:22 PM
 
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Goyguy you moved out of Cincinnati how many years ago? Why do you keep coming back to this forum?

This my friend, is the $64,000 question.
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