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Dec. 14th, 2008

My Dad owned a combination Sporting Goods Store and Toy Store along with a separate Bicycle Store. What a way to grow up.

In the Bike store he sold exclusively Schwinn Bikes. By 1981 he had sold all the stores.

I just saw on 81st street an old Schwinn World Sport. If memory serves these were made in the late 70s. Upon closer examination it had a sticker "Schwinn Cyclery Jamaica." My dad's store.

I got the message, Dad.


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Dec. 14th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Wow!! What a day for you!!
Dec. 14th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
My dad's stores were on Jamaica Ave. just off Woodhaven Blvd. A major intersection in Queens. It is also the heart of Archie Bunker territory.

Our mechanic, Ralph, who I haven't thought of in years, was Archie Bunker. From the yelling to the mispronounciation to the ignorance, it was as if he were a model for the character.

Schwinn Bikes were heavy and sturdy. A serious biker would never buy one. But, if you wanted something that would last forever, this was the product.

Ralph was annoying, but, he certainly knew how to assemble a bike.
Dec. 14th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
What wonderful memories even as to Archie Bunker Ralph. :)

My first bike was a Schwinn, as was my brother's. That was THE bike of the time, the birthday or Christmas gift. I loved mine. Mine was blue. My brother's was red.

Now, I live in Marin, home of the mountain bike, so I have a fancier bike, which I am ashamed to admit has not been ridden in years. I used to be quite the rider. Now, my bike awaits!
Dec. 14th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ralph was a piece of work. He lived with his girlfriend Lois in Ozone Park. Until one day Lois tried to throw him out. He said, "you can't throw me out of my house." That's when he realized it wasn't his house. Papers that Lois had had him sign turned out to be a deed.

My bike, a Schwinn Le Tour III, sits in my sisters garage in NJ. Where it has lived comfortably in retirement for 15 years.
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Wow! Lois sounds like a winner. That would be a shock.

You were wise to keep your bike. I assume they are collector's items now. I would love to still have mine, though my current one is a good one. It is a Specialized and is a model they didn't make that many of, even though it is incredible.

As a hobby, my husband sponsored a business for awhile that made custom bikes, so I could have had one made for me but I was more than satisfied with the one I have.
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I posted a cartoon on Politicalcartoons at 4:48 EST, about global warming. It's already got 72 responses. Boy those conservatives get angry.
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Big smile!! I'm glad you are stirring them up. Great for you!! :)

I don't know why they don't believe it. Look at all the studies. Look at the melting ice caps. Why are they so angry about it? I guess they want control and nature has a voice, too, and she is in response. We are not in control and I am thrilled that the rain has finally come to where I live. My rain song worked. :)
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)

I sent you the post. My computer will be beeping all night. It's not stoping.
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
This is amazing. I love your post. The cartoon is great and absolutely true.

I don't understand why people don't understand the complexity of global warming, and that yes, it may be that one area has more snow and another more hurricanes. It is about climate disruption.

I just won't engage, but my husband continues to try and convince, as it seems do you.


Great for you!

Dec. 15th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
I'm afraid that I am passive agressive. Some days I just want to piss off a conservative.
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
LOL!! It works for me!!

I don't think it is passive-aggressive. Don't you think we continue to hope we can convince? You are being a good guy by trying to wake them up. Hooray for you!!
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
You're too nice. I'm afraiid that it's passive aggresive. I enjoy their frustration.
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Well, there are all kinds of games. They must be enjoying it too. Have fun!! :)
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Dec. 14th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I see them every so often. This was strange, because it was a block from my mom's apartment.
Dec. 14th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I remember a Schwinn bike called the Orange Crate, or something like that . It was THE hot setup for boys', stingray-style bikes, circa 1965.
I think the LIRR station isn't too far from Jamaica Ave and Woodhaven, if memory serves me correctly. I think Jahn's ice cream shop used to be near there also... Kitchen Sink, baby!
Dec. 14th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
The Orange Krate and later the Apple Krate and Gray Ghost were around 1969. I had the first from his store. Boy, would that be worth a lot today.

Jahn's was on 114th and Hillside. (where Hillside ends). Did you ever eat "The Kitchen Sink?"
Dec. 15th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess you can tell that my memories of that time are a bit foggy.. at best!
I lived in Laurelton/Rosedale, around Merrick Blvd and the Belt, so my trips into Jamaica and environs weren't all-that frequent other than taking the Q5 to catch the subway at 169th and Hillside. I went to Jamaica High School for summer school a couple years though.
The Krate bikes were definitely popular at that time when I was into bicycles and even making my own extended-forked monsters.
I never ate a Kitchen Sink by myself (wow!) but I did have the pleasure of sharing one with others on a few occasions.
Dec. 15th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I used to get mugged at that stop. I went to Highland, which was just up the block.
Dec. 15th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
What an affirmation of your youth! I used to get that feeling a long time ago. My father was the first store manager that either PathMark or Shop-Rite had (Passaic, NJ). My parents even met in the store when it was just Solomon's grocery store (1941). That store closed more than 30 years ago, before my father's death in 1977. I used to feel a little pain going past the site, but I guess that wound is scarred over now.
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I've oass the store many times. Although it's now part of a bank, I always look.
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