Monday, August 17, 2015

The Things You See Along the Way in Vermont…


If you were having your yard dug up, would you want it done by the bourgeois?  When I first saw this, it occurred to me that this might not be the best name for a company, but then I thought about it for a little longer.   The word bourgeois means conventional, conservative and hide-bound and the antonyms are adventurous, inspired and original.  Yes, if I wanted someone to dig up my yard, I’d want them to be bourgeois.  I don’t think we need originality in yard digging.



Ever seen one of these before?  Me, either.  I like the originality though, don't you?



The bears in Vermont are so refined, they wear clothes and they always recycle.



Even without the license plate, I would have a pretty good guess where this car has its home base.  My favorite of the bunch is, “Never give up on your dreams, unless your dreams are stupid.”  Great advice!  Well, I kind of like the “Drink Vermont Beer” one, too.  

But seriously, I really am already against the next war.



Fellow blogger Nicki (Bended Road Photos) recently posted a gas pump similar to this one. The difference is that the one she posted has the Esso logo on it.  Seems her father was an Esso dealer back in the day.  I am sure that fans and collectors of petroliana could point out more differences between the two pumpls besides the brand name, but to me they look like they might be of similar vintage.  We ran across this pump at Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.  My father owned a service station in Ohio and was a Gulf dealer so, of course, I had to take a snap.
 
Here’s an aside about Coolidge.  An interesting thing to me about him is that before he became president, he was mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts, where my daughter Carrie lives and Calvin’s wife, Grace Anna Goodhue, who was a graduate of the University of Vermont, taught at the Clarke School for the Deaf that is located down the street from Carrie’s abode.



I know that the above is true but is this?


OOPS!  I forgot something.  As we were traveling down the road, we spied this sign:



If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you may know that I fell in love with Scotland when we visited a few years back.  While we were there, we visited the Isle of Skye and I wanted to buy a Skye tartan scarf because I really, really liked it.  Well, long story short, I didn't buy it and have regretted it ever since.  When we spied this sign, Greg turned around and let me go in to look for my Skye tartan.  Now, I have it and it's beautiful!  Yay!




Thanks, Greg!

9 comments:

Gail Dixon said...

The Skye tartan is gorgeous! Good for you and big yay for Greg! Enjoyed all those bumper stickers. Too cute.

Brian King said...

I have a Canadian friend with the last name of Bourgeois. Love that gas pump!

Nicki said...

So many goodies in this post. Love the bumper stickers (not a bumper sticker girl, but thoroughly enjoy readings other's - but seriously ...) Nice on the Gulf pump - might be a little older than the Esso one. Also - well spotted on the scarf, glad you went back for it (shame it wasn't to Scotland).

Sandra said...

my great great grandparents were from Scotland. love the plaid and the Scotland by the Yard sign... you found a lot of amazing things by the way side. i like them All

Pamela Gordon said...

Your Skye tartan is so pretty! A lovely colour combo. Bourgeois is a very common Acadian surname here in the Maritimes. :)

Rose said...

I love that scarf....it is beautiful. And looks so warm. My brother worked a Gulf station when he was young....

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Glad you got your scarf, Barbara. My husband, Pat ( aka Grenville) is of Scottich descent and was thrilled to find a clan scarf a few years ago in a store in Canada.

eileeninmd said...

Lots of neat things to see in Vermont! I like the bear wearing clothes. And the bumper stickers are fun to read. Your Skye tartan is pretty. Lovely collections of images.

Kathy said...

Love the road trip pics!