My folks just sold the house I grew up in. Bittersweet, of course. They're thrilled to be moving permanently to Tucson, AZ. I don't know that I'll ever have a reason to go back to Ames, IA. There. I said it. I don't know that I'll ever go back "home" before I kick the bucket. Ah. That feels better to have let it all hang out there.
While clearing out the house, mom found the below two page newsletter called "News Around the Neighborhood" that I wrote when I was in fourth grade. This was basically the prototype for theQatParkside, with about 35 years before the next blog post:
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.