“What I liked about it was that
almost everyone lived in the neighborhood …
it wasn’t so much we went bowling as we visited with friends.”
There’s no question that technology has
improved our lives over the years.
After all, given a choice, who among us would
trade their Maytag washer and dryer
for an old washboard, or their electricity-
bathed home for one lit by candle
— or not at all. Or who would voluntarily
give up hot running water on
demand for the occasional tub bath,
or our indoor plumbing for the
once-ubiquitous outdoor water closet?
Just about everything we do today we do better, faster, more efficiently than we did
before. But maybe that’s not always a good thing.
And that’s why all the fuss about bowling and bowling alleys in this quarter’s
Preston Hollow Home & Heritage magazine will strike a nerve among readers who have
never even seen the inside of a bowling alley.
The bowling we’re writing about was more of a sidelight to the day’s activities rather
than the main event itself. Sure, lots of our neighbors once met regularly at a bowling
alley, but bowling wasn’t foremost in their minds.
Wherever we come together, whether on the golf course or the church sanctuary or
the school gymnasium or the grocery story, we remember not so much the events
themselves as whom we spent our time with.
It can probably be said that very little of what we’re paid to do on a daily basis carries
much meaning to many of us, at least to the extent that a report not completed or
a sales call not made won’t typically spell the end of the world.
But at the same time, our relationship with fellow workers or students or volunteers
or parents yields the memories, good and bad, that we talk about and reflect
upon over time — simply because of the very relationships themselves.
You’ll find that simple theme echoing throughout our Preston Hollow Home &
Heritage magazine this quarter as we visit with a neighborhood family that runs an
80-year-old lighting company, or as we consider the history of our area’s oldest temple,
or as we drop by for a show and a cup of coffee at Uncle Calvin’s.
If these stories, and the other neighborhood information you’ll find in this month’s
issue, cause you to stop for just a moment to recall something or someone nearly forgotten,
we’ll have done our job on this trip down memory lanes.
Thanks for reading, and see you again in June with our next quarterly issue.
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