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This was the apartment that my Dad lived in for 13 years. As an odd coincidence, my godfather also lived here some 30ish years ago. We actually have a little history in this little crap hole. Years ago, I played with hot wheels on the front porch, my brother was chased by a chow in the bedroom. Years later, we all hung out, drank beer, BBQ'd. Had many laughs here, and most recently, shed many tears as well. In a way, I'll miss the place. Even with the nicotine stained walls... As posted on my Mediagobin Dad normally hung out in the kitchen. He had built a workbench out of some scrap wood, had his computer there, a tv next beside it with a tall stool with arms and back to take it all in. Fridge was a few feet away, coffee pot and microwave not much farther. In true bachelor fashion, why the hell would you spend much time in the living room if it only put you farther away from all that convenience? As an add-on to that workbench, there was pegboard set up. Hanging on that pegboard was…

The Fall of the Chrysler Plant

My father spent ~30 years working in one of two of the Chrysler Assembly Plants located St. Louis MO. A few years ago, as the American auto industry was collapsing upon itself, he was able to take an early retirement package. Prior to his retirement, one of the plants was closed and some time after retirement, the second plant was closed. And now sadly, both plants have been bulldozed down. I’ve got many memories from my childhood, riding past the plants, feeling pride that my dad worked there building cars. Memories of Family Day tours, looking at the robotics and feeling quite small in the huge facilities. It’s a shame how mismanaged the American auto industry had gotten throughout the years. And how the quality had slipped to the point that customer loyalty dropped, causing import vehicle sales to soar and jobs lost. Some have yet to find work… At least we always had a roof over our heads, dinner on the table and excellent health care. Oh, and Christmases were always great. (but that’s a different story) T…