"We're not going to be around forever!" my parents declared, as they booted me out the door. I twirled in the air and bounced on the ground like a rubber ball. Ouch! That hurt bad--in more ways than one. I picked myself up and after recovering from the pain in my behind, I moved to Spencer. The year was 1979. It is pleasant to look back on my adventures in Spencer now.
I lived in the Holiday Apartments on west second street. It was a small 3-room apartment. The bathroom sink was small enough to put just two hands (closely) or half a foot in. I worked at the Tangney Hotel Coffee shop and "moonlighted" at Stub's House of Plenty. Occasionally, I'd walk to Zesto at the corner of west second street and Grand. They had the best maidrites. A visit to the Stepping Stone Christian Bookstore at 324 Grand was also on the agenda. It carried a variety of Christian books and gifts. Next stop was Book's N' Things at the corner of west fourth street and Grand. Jerry and Sandy always greeted patrons with a smile. They were pleasant and fun people. I continued my shopping at JC Penney's and Feldman's. Also in the vicinity was: Poole's, Winslow's, House of Dorelle, Clothes Horse and Clothes Peddler. A stop at The Camera Shop was necessary to turn in my film for developing. It was interesting to see the latest in camera's. Mike was very helpful and educated in that field, naturally.
In later years when I moved to a bigger apartment ( with bigger sink), I remember eating at the Rexall Drug luncheonette located where White Drug is now. It was a small area with 8 blue booths and a counter/stool area on the east end of the drug store. You could access the luncheonette through the back door without walking through the drugstore itself. I enjoyed going to Blair House of Beauty for a haircut or style. John and his staff always did a fantastic job. In the evening, a good game of bowling was enjoyed at the Spencer Bowl in the north mall. A trip to Elfredo's Pizza at 419 11th Street southwest usually followed bowling. Though times have changed, these memories will remain fresh in my mind.