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Updated on July 10, 2013

Wow, The Good Ole Days. Route 66

I was raised in a small town in New Mexico called Santa Rosa. What an awesome town to grow up in and so many memories were made. I do not live in Santa Rosa, NM any longer but, I sure do remember it and also dream about that little town still.

When my daddy was an older boy, he and his family moved to Santa Rosa from California. They decided to find a nice town to build and own businesses along Route 66. They did just that. They ran gas stations and motels. My dad was a teenager who had the California style and class. He had his own style that he took to Santa Rosa with him. He new his Automobiles and he new his music. That little town had not yet been introduced to some of the things he had seen, learned, and experienced. Well, not only did he influence his new friends with his knowledge and love for music, but he also brought to them a new style to Custom cars, trucks and Hot Rods. He made many friends in Santa Rosa and together they lived, thrived, and breathed a unique experience that the Route 66 era portrayed.

They began customizing their Classy Hot Rods. Rebuilding the vehicles, chopping the tops, designing, painting, and shinning those vehicles until they were all Rock-in-and-Rollin with Eye-Catching Class. They listened to the most amazing jams while they worked on their Classy Babies, Cruised around town day and night, and Strutted their Stuff for the pretty girls and the whole town to see. They entered all of the Car Shows that they possibly could and by golly, they worked hard to get to those Car Shows. They still have those trophy's to prove it.

My dad customized and build his own Roadster with a custom paint job, windows, doors, engine, chrome, wheels, and all of the sexy accessories that it entailed. He named it The Fugitive. There was no car like it in its day. My dad is dead but, the car still lives. At present time, it is on display at the Route 66 Car Museum in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

I was 13 years old when my daddy died. I was really brokenhearted when I lost him. We were very close and always together. When he left, he took so much with him and life as I knew it totally changed. He took with him the uniqueness he bestowed. Although, he taught me so much from his era and talents thereof, he still left with much knowledge that I had yet to learn from. I am so glad that I learned what I did from him and that I enjoyed him while I had him in my life. His memory still lives with me for the rest of my days. I plant a lot of those memories, teachings, and Values into my own children as well.

About the Photo:

This is a picture of my mother and my dad.  This is "The Fugitive".  They are posing at Twin Lakes in Beautiful Santa Rosa, NM.  They are posing for a magazine called Car Craft.  Car Craft chose The Fugitive for a Center Fold photo in one of their magazines.  I think, it was in 1966 or 1967.  I did have the magazine but, unfortunately it got lost.

Notice the unique clothing and hair styles.  Cool... 



What is Route 66? - For those who know nothing about it.

This defenition of Route 66:  Directly quoted from: Wikipedia®
"U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was a highway within the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926—with road signs erected the following year.[2] The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Los Angeles, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).[3] It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s."

Route 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl

of the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through

which the road passed. People doing business along the route became

prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same

people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing

threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System."

Once the New Highway System was build and bypassed Route 66, Many business declined.  That era changed.  Route 66 lovers throughout the USA have always tried to keep the Route 66 Era alive.  It has gotten popular again (with even our younger generation) within the last few years.  The Pixar animated movie "Cars" really influenced the memories of Route 66 and brought it back to life even more. 

Route 66 Era:  What is it?
Defined by many including my self.  It was an Unforgettable Memory Made.  The memories that were left and the ones we continue to keep alive as much as we can include:
 

The Lit up Classic Motels that were in business in the cities along the Highway 66.
The Gas Stations (with a very unique style) that were in business in the cities along the Highway 66.
The Diners, Drive-Ins, Restaurants, and Cafes (Very Unique Look and Lights) that were in business in the cities along the Highway 66.  Oh, and the wonderful food, sodas, shakes, and fun that surrounded that setting.
The Unique Style of Music, Jukeboxes, and Dancing that were apart of those years of the Route 66 Era.
The all so different, unique, and custom cars during those years.

This definition of Era may not even be enough description.  People who lived it, have way more memories and descriptions I am sure.  Look at the books, pictures, articles, magazines, and movies of the popular era.  How interesting it is.  

There is a very Popular Song that just explains it all.  Have you heard it?  The song is:  "Route 66" which was first recorded in 1946 by Nat King Cole.  Take a listen and enjoy.

Remember the Classic Rods - These are just a few of Dads.

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Dad had so many classics. I just could not find all of the pictures. There were always car shows for the Hot Rod fans.  The trophy's were something in themselves. They were an honor to win. They used to come with watches attached to them.Dad took a picture of this one at a car show.  I am not sure what make and model it is or who it belonged to.  I think it is a Ford.  Correct me if I am wrong.This is an El Camino that he customized.  The motorcycle is a Yamaha.  Remember these motorcycles?Classic design on the hood of an old Chevy truck (Purple).Classic Chevy Truck.  PurpleMy Mother Posing in front of this classic.
Dad had so many classics. I just could not find all of the pictures. There were always car shows for the Hot Rod fans.  The trophy's were something in themselves. They were an honor to win. They used to come with watches attached to them.
Dad had so many classics. I just could not find all of the pictures. There were always car shows for the Hot Rod fans. The trophy's were something in themselves. They were an honor to win. They used to come with watches attached to them.
Dad took a picture of this one at a car show.  I am not sure what make and model it is or who it belonged to.  I think it is a Ford.  Correct me if I am wrong.
Dad took a picture of this one at a car show. I am not sure what make and model it is or who it belonged to. I think it is a Ford. Correct me if I am wrong.
This is an El Camino that he customized.  The motorcycle is a Yamaha.  Remember these motorcycles?
This is an El Camino that he customized. The motorcycle is a Yamaha. Remember these motorcycles?
Classic design on the hood of an old Chevy truck (Purple).
Classic design on the hood of an old Chevy truck (Purple).
Classic Chevy Truck.  Purple
Classic Chevy Truck. Purple
My Mother Posing in front of this classic.
My Mother Posing in front of this classic.

My heart is captured by the Chevy Bel Air. I just love them. Image by AllPosters

My heart is captured by the Chevy Bel Air. I just love them. Image by AllPosters
My heart is captured by the Chevy Bel Air. I just love them. Image by AllPosters
Joey Dee and the Peppermint Twish
Joey Dee and the Peppermint Twish

Oh, and, What about the Music?

Such apart of "Me" and my Raising.

Well, my daddy taught me well. He taught me to be wide-minded and to keep my mind and heart open for enjoying, learning and loving, many of the aspects that surrounds us in our lifetime. One being: Music. Yeah, now, to the music. I love almost every type of music genre. You name it; I can talk about, learn about it, and love it. I rear my children to have this same wide variety and love for music. 1930's music to the present, Classical Music, Classic Rock Music, Country, Classic Country, Jazz, Bee Bop Jazz, Big Band, The Blues, Bluegrass, Zydeco, and of course the Great Rock-n-Roll era. Love the music, learn the music, listen to the music, and if music is apart of your heart, you should take a liking to it all ( or at least most of it). Music today is still good and can still get blood flowing, ease that ache, bring some joy, or bring a tear. Music is touching. Music in this century is sure Unlike any music ever heard in any other century. Of course, some of it is horrible.

Here we go now, to talk about the Music of the Nostalgia Era. During the time of Route 66. What is it? It is: The unforgettable....Rock-n-Roll.

I just know that Rock n Roll has to be the most memorable eras of music of all time. The dances, the sock hops, and the food. They all went along with the music.

My 2 kiddos, 9 and 15 go around all the time singing the Oldie's. There favorite one has to be: "Why must I be a Teenager in Love". Funny huh. My teen girl even says, " Momma, there sure is not any music like that anymore. It is so different". She mentions how she wishes that she lived in the 50's and how grand it would be. That is so funny she says that because, I used to say the exact same thing to my mom and dad.

All music lovers, loved the Jukeboxes. We just had to play them, put the coins in, and choose the music. Now, if we even see or find a jukebox, even it is so very different then in the 50's. To just hear the play of the record entices a great memory and even the smell of a record. Do you remember that?

I grew up listening and loving the 50's music. Boy o boy did I dance. I danced so much growing up that I was nicknamed the "Go Go Queen". I would dance to the music for anyone who would come around and watch. My favorites were, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, and of course, Elvis.

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Are you a 50's Rock n Roll Lover? - Do You Rember These?

These are the Videos that I chose. Only some of my favorites.

 

Fats Domino:  Be My Guest.  He just has so many great tunes.  This one for some reason has always been my favorite.  You never hear it and, most everyone has not heard it before.  Have you heard it before?

Little Richard:
Lucille:  Gosh it Rocks.  So Unique.
Long Tall Sally
Tutti Frutti:  I chose this because, of the dancing and setting of where it is taking place.

Jerry Lee Lewis:  Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On.  What Style.  Man, that music is Hot...



Elvis: 
JailHouse Rock:  The classic song with the classic video.  I don't care how many times I here this song, I will never get tired of it.
Treat Me Nice:  One of my favorites. What is yours?
 


 

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Do you remember the Sound and Smell of the Record?

Do you have a favorite Song, Singer, or Band? Who?

Leave a Comment.  What was your favorite Classic Song?

Are you a 50's Rock n Roll Lover? Does this Music Touch Your Soul?

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My Tattoo
My Tattoo

Tatoo Lovers

Vintage Old Style

I know that tattoos just mark up your body but, I just love them. Especially the cool venue from the Good Ole days. I wanted a tattoo all of my life but, momma would not let me get one.. Boo Hoo.

Then when I got old enough, I still could not get one due to Pageant and Modeling that I was doing.

So, I waited and waited. I finally got one when I turned 40. It is Route 66 sign. It has music 2 notes with one being happy and one being sad. It does have meaning. I want more too.

About the Photo: 

My Tattoo: It's ok..... I do want a few more.

Tattoo Ideas and Learning

I looked everywhere for some Awesome Vintage Tattoo photos for the special viewers to see. It was impossible to find what I was looking for. Gee... to tell you the truth, I never thought I would wind up finding the most obscene photos. I am pretty sure the tattoo photos I found are not even allowed on Squidoo.

I did find some items that are pretty neat. The designs will make some pretty cool tattoos. Plus, there were some great ratings on these books of tattoo Learning, ideas, and enjoying. I just love the Vintage Micky.

Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art
Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art

Would love to see the Tattoos in this book. Awesome Learning as well.

 
The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide

There is probably some really different and unique Vintage Tattoo ideas in this book. Even the cover has attractive tattoos.

 
Vintage Mickey
Vintage Mickey

Who loves the vintage Mickey. I love all of the vintage Disney Characters. This is a cool Vintage Mickey. Maybe even add some Vintage Color.

 

Home Deco and Collectables

I just love Vintage items. Some to be adored in my home. Even the beautiful antique furniture.

I love to use Key chains, lanyards, cups, glasses, dishes, amongst anything else I can find of the genre, We can not forget the old Soda Fountains and Ice Cream Parlor items.

I still remember the Old Coke Machines and Cigarette Machines that our family had in their gas stations and motels. Those items of ours are still around. They are on display at the Route 66 Museum in Beautiful Santa Rosa, NM.

My daughter has her room decorated with some vintage items as well as my son. Her bedroom is half Elvis Stuff and the other half is Cheer.

My son has his room spoofed up with vintage John Deer, Old pictures of my daddy's cars, and vintage coca cola things. Finding the old toys is always fun as well. They sure do not make toys like they used to. The decoration and colors on those toys made them appealing to the eye. They sure were durable.

Anything we see that we like of Oldie Deco we get, if it will fit.

Find Some of the Greatest Found Memories and Conversation Starters - Coffee Table Books

Before I was born and also, in to my child hood, my family owned gas stations, motels, and cafes along the route 66. I have the love for these settings and I long to see them and reminisce as often as I can. I also grew up watching old classic movies and sitcoms. Now, my children are growing up with them as well. Thank goodness for certain T.V. Satellite channels. Classic black and white or technicolor movies are my thing. Anyone who really knows me, knows that. I also love the same type of sitcoms. I can not even name my favorite classic movie actor or actress because, there are just so many great ones. I do know my classic movies and actors though. I will probably do some sort of lens on this in the future.

I just love book stores and library's but, my kids and husband just dread me going into one. I stay forever in book places and there is just no getting me out for at least a few hours. The books that I am always into are anything about Classics or Nostalgia. I do love children books too.

Some of my favorite books to look at in the book stores are often "Coffee Table Books" of the era I love so much. All of these books are full of Big bright beautiful pictures with descriptions of the people, places, and things that you love to see and learn more about. I find that I am not the only one who loves coffee table books. They are so popular to so many of us for an added decor to our home. Yes, they go beautifully on the "Coffee Table". They are perfect for holiday parties or any party. They always catch the attention of your guests. Coffee Table Books start many, long winded conversations amongst your guests. They provide for a very fun party or occasion. Reminiscing Starts Great Conversations. Fun ones.

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Wow the Magazines - Does anyone still own any?

It is always nice to see those advertisements that were in the magazines. The covers were always featuring the lovely stars or a typical family.

Of course, all of the Car Craft and Hot Rod magazines were the bomb. So were the Star magazines. I never new that they had a magazine called "Successful Farming". That one really looks interesting.

There are also magazines that were very popular back in the day and are still as popular today. Two listed are "Woman's Day" and "Life".

I just love old time magazines so much and they really can not be obtained very easily. Well, we sure can not subscribe to them.

I do have a very favorite magazine that is all about the Nostalgia days. It has wonderful stories in it as well as plenty of photos. Great recipes too. Have you heard of it. It is called "Reminisce". My granny used to keep my subscription and hers going for years. Well, my granny died just recently and now those wonderful magazines are not arriving anymore. I guess I better get my own subscription going huh?

Reminisce

Brings back the good times by taking you on a stroll down memory lane.

The Newest Popular Way to Strut Your Love for Vintage - Cell Phone and iPhone Cases or Covers

This is a neat way to show off your style and love for the Nostalgia Genre. The reason being is because we did not even have Cell Phones in those days. Now those silly old cell phones have become "Our Life". Most everywhere I look someone is fiddling with their phone. My teenage daughter never puts hers down and neither do her friends.

No matter what age you are Now a days, everyone depends on their cell phones, or iPhone, or whatever else they are called.

Vintage Kelloggs iPhone 5 Case (Collage)
Vintage Kelloggs iPhone 5 Case (Collage)

Remember the Kellogg 's Cereal Boxes?

 
Vintage Kelloggs iPhone 5 Case (Basketball)
Vintage Kelloggs iPhone 5 Case (Basketball)

Remember the Kellogg's commercials?

 

Just To Many To Chose From - More Cell Phone and IPhone Cases

IPhone and Cell Phone Cases are just so popular and there is just to many to chose from. Here are some more really nifty cases for this genre.

Oem Music Skins Protective Skin Elvis Presley Guitar For Apple Iphone 5
Oem Music Skins Protective Skin Elvis Presley Guitar For Apple Iphone 5

The Handsome Elvis in his GI Suit. Remember his Movie "GI Blues". What a great movie.

 
Elvis Snap-On Case for iPhone 3G/3GS
Elvis Snap-On Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

What a perfect Elvis Case. It shows him off just right.

 
Audrey Hepburn Custom Iphone 5 Case
Audrey Hepburn Custom Iphone 5 Case

The Beautiful Audrey Hepburn

 

What is your favorite part of the Good Ole Days?

Do you have any memories or thoughts that you would like to share?

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @LadyDuck: Thank you so much. I am sure you have lots of nostalgia memories in Europe as well. I would love to hear more and see more of the 50's in Europe.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      My husband and I about 15 years ago came from Europe just to enjoy a trip on old route 66 (at least what remained). It was a faboulous journey. Great lens!

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @Loretta L: Thank you so much for visiting this lens. I needed your critique. I enjoy your advice. I hope I can find you in the future for my critiques.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I had heard of Route 66, but didn't know much about it, but then I was born a little later than you, and in the U.K. My Good Ole Days were the 70s. This is a great lens though. You have really captured the nostalgia of a generation.

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @ShariBerry: Yes, What great memories. I just love 56 and 57 Chevy's. I remember Big Boy restaurants. I sure do miss them. Drive-in-movie theaters were so fun. It is so sad that they are all gone.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      My first car was a 56 Chevy named Wilma. She took my friends and I to the drive-in movie, the Big Boy restaurant and our favorite journey was to the Lake Michigan beaches. What great memories.

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @jolou: That is good to know. I will catch it and record it.

      Thank you.

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @shayriana: Thank you for "Liking" and visiting my lens. I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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      shayriana 4 years ago

      thoroughly enjoyed your lens, great job

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      jolou 4 years ago

      @XpectMore: It's on ME TV as part of the Sunday night noir. The timing is terrible though, it's around 3 AM PST.

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @Iftikhar-Hussain: Thank you for "Liking" my lens.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I like vintage things also. In fact I like vintage more than modern in some cases. I've driven on some of route 66 but not all of it. Love the tv show named after it also.

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      very interesting lens . I like it :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, really nice lens. This takes me back. Thanks.

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @KindleFireReader: Actually, I just went to check out a lens of yours and I can not find one. I can not even find your bio or profile. I will wait for more. I will go and look and Like.

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your "Like". I never knew that there would be anyone who would not know about Route 66. Duh.... Those who do not live in USA. I will go back and explain. Thank you my friend, for bringing that to my attention.

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @KindleFireReader: Thank you for your "Like". I sure will check out your lens. I am not sure which one. I will check out one though.

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      KindleFireReader 4 years ago

      Interesting, would like to go on that route on my motorcycle. Liked it and please check out my lens when you can.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've heard the name route 66, but to be honest, I have no idea what it means! Maybe you could explain for those of your readers, like me, who do not live in USA. I'm assuming it is some sort of art movement (counter culture?), but maybe I'm wrong....

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @justramblin: Thank you so much for your comment. I just know St Louis has awesome Route 66 scenery and stops along the mother road. I would love to visit.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      Oh what a great story. I love your parent's centerfold photo with the Fugitive. What a keepsake. I just recently moved to St Louis and have discovered the neat little towns on Rt 66. It's Americana and I love it. Great job!

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      @stanger66: Thank you so much for you "Like". I hope you can add Hot Rod photo's. It is one thing not mentioned in the Squiddont.

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      stanger66 4 years ago

      Great lens, wondered if you could add Hot-Rod photo's