Hatfield Buick part of Redlands culture

June 11, 2009

When I first heard of the economic troubles some of the major American automotive companies were having my first fear was the possibility of an America without those companies and their cars, each so vital to the American culture.  Now, following the filing of bankruptcy of GM those fears are being realized. 

Newspapers report GM is soon to be government owned, and will be reduced to just four companies (Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC).  Also, dealerships all across the nation will not have their franchise agreements renewed for the next year affecting towns all across the U.S. 

Again one of my first fears concerning GM’s troubles has been realized. The Hatfield Buick dealership of my hometown Redlands, CA will not have its agreement renewed after 100 years of selling cars. It joined Buick in 1913 after Hatfield had been selling cars since 1909.  It’s the oldest Buick dealer in the U.S., probably the world.

1913 Buick

1913 Buick

Currently owned by the original Hatfield’s grandson, the dealership is trying to petition to GM for the renewal of the contract and the continued life of an important center to the city’s heritage and culture. If this fight is lost it will not only mean the loss of a place to buy a car and the cars themselves, but the city of Redlands (with its people) will lose a piece of itself.

1913 Buick

 For more information visit these links and savehatfieldbuick.com (to show your support).

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NASA. Looking inward.

July 23, 2008

Quite a beautiful thing. NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is pretty self-explanatory. Then there was the July 22 post.

It starts off looking like a bit of a parody, but there are some incredible world locations shown in the video. And people. Lots of them. You can’t help but smile at the inner nature of humans, human life, humans living and breathing together. It’s great to put aside problems sometimes and relish in what we have. Kind of reminds me of another look back at our world.

I love that NASA put this as their picture of the day. They follow it up with a ‘professional explanation’:

What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, started dancing, and filmed the result. The video is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious — few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.

Go watch it.

Hat tip: Thanks to Nathan for posting this on Facebook, via NASA via Vimeo via Where the Hell Is Matt?

Little Travel Blog…

May 17, 2008

Hi all! Just wanted to share with you a little travel log I’m keeping for this summer!