It's a small town Merry Christmas after all...

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Back in the day, growing up in Renton, I remember Sunday drives in Grandpa’s 1949 Chevy Businessman’s Coupe. Leaving the Highlands, heading east for Issaquah I’d see the sign, “Renton, population 12,000.”

As it turns out, we didn’t need to move to the big city, it came to us. Renton is now about 100,000. Yet, depending on your vantage point and those of us who’ve been around these parts for a while, the small town is still there. If you look for it.

I'm on an errand run earlier this week and drove through downtown what a delightful surprise it was to pull up to the red light at South Third and Wells... "Hey! There’s my old friend John Giuliani (standup bass) !" And a few other Rentonite friends on the sidewalk playing Christmas Songs! How cool is that!

 

Our families go way back. His dad, John Sr. was one of my Dad’s oldest friends and our grandparents were good friends too! Those family ties go back over 100 years now.

This made it easy to get into the Christmas spirit this year. What a hoot it was to see such a wonderful small town happening. There’s some great old fashioned holiday fun happening in the neighborhood this day!

I wish I could have captured it on video because I laughed and laughed so hard. Third is the main drag through downtown and car after car drove by and the long time locals were rolling down their windows, honking horns, yelling and waving, “Hey you guys! Awesome!" Merry Christmas!

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Bill Reddington
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Grew up in the big cities. Understand the feel of a small town. Moved to Destin Florida almost 15 years ago. Population is about 14,000. Aren't the memories great. Merry Christmas!

Dec 13, 2014 08:36 AM #1
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Hi Bill Reddington ... Yes, cool memories. It's simply great to see certain traditions are still alive and going on! Merry Christmas!

Dec 13, 2014 08:38 AM #2
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That's quaint, a touch of old time at the Holiday season, Thanks for sharing

Dec 13, 2014 08:55 AM #3
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How very cool. I can't imagine that in my little town.

Dec 13, 2014 09:19 AM #4
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Hi Ed Silva ! Thanks! I think a touch of the old times is especially appropriate during the Holiday season!

 

Dec 13, 2014 11:28 AM #5
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Thanks Tammy Lankford ! Totally corny, fun, old fashioned, and great to see some pals spreading the Holiday joy!

 

Dec 13, 2014 11:30 AM #6
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So nice to run into some old friends spreading a little Christmas cheer!

 

Dec 13, 2014 03:46 PM #7
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Carolyn Crispin
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We are located in "small town America" and loving it. Been there, done that on the daily commute to the city from the suburbs every day. You lose touch with what is important: contact with people. Love your post!

Dec 13, 2014 10:17 PM #8
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Rene, nice!  You'll have to grab your instrument next time, so you can join in with your friends.

Dec 14, 2014 10:31 AM #9
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OH, Rene, this is such great stuff! Every time I come to read one of your blogs, you throw in past and present so enthusiastically and I just get drawn in--I love it. 

Dec 14, 2014 12:57 PM #10
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Bob Crane Yes indeed, what fun!

Thanks Carolyn Crispin ! 

Michael Dagner ! Indeed I will!

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 Thanks!

Dec 15, 2014 04:10 AM #11
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Jon Kolsky
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Rene Fabre ~ there's something special about a small town... You got to love and it's so much fun seeing old friends

Dec 16, 2014 12:59 AM #12
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Hi Jon Kolsky ! Now days, here anyway, it's a small town within a big one... I don't see many old friends around here, so the one's I have a precious! It is special when I see them! Thanks!

Dec 16, 2014 03:25 AM #13
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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Good morning Rene.  So well described I could hear the shouts and horns with the music drifting through the streets.  Wonderful.  Rene have a very Merry Christmas with a safe and propersous New Year.   Mark

Dec 18, 2014 12:02 AM #14
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Serendipity. That's what I would call this moment. Thanks for sharing it with us, Rene. And, I'm with Gayle, you are the epitome of enthusiasm. Nobody singing the blues over here...

( Sorry, I can't make this December work. I felt bad having to say no, especially to YOU.) Hugs. D

Dec 18, 2014 12:23 AM #15
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Thanks Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint ! You too, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Hi Debb Janes , thanks! No worries! Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy!

Dec 18, 2014 01:04 AM #16
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