But when I finally did arrive, it was a warmer than usual October evening, with the sky casting a deep yellow light over an abundance of people, their classic cars, and all the buildings in the Plattsmouth area. It was really a lovely sight to see. I had a little trouble finding a place to park, but managed to tuck my car about two blocks from Main Street before wandering along the way to where the fun awas happening. Along the way I met a wayward dog with a blue and brown eye and a black coat who seemed very friendly, so I stopped to pet him.
I was amazed by the number of classic cars that were on display! It's wonderful to see so many nice-looking vehicles in one place, especially lined up with their engines on display. Of course, I know almost nothing about the engines in question, so I had to ask someone in the know exactly what it was that I was looking at here.
Along the way, a nice woman was giving away - gasp - FREE popcorn! It looked so buttery and delicious, I couldn't help but snag myself a some of it. Of course, I then bought the $1 water that they were selling along with it. That's a great plan, isn't it? Here's a free salty snack, but you'll have to buy the water! Of course, it was worth it to have a nice, cold bottle of it with me when the sun was beating down on my head. It temporarily incapacitated me in the realm of picture-taking however, since I only have two hands - one for popcorn, one for water. Sorry, camera. You lost out for a little while! I ducked into the overhang of a doorway and sat down on the cement step while I ate, listening to the rock music playing in the background with fond memories of my childhood. Unbeknownst to many, in spite of the music I like and the music that was playing though, I was not born in the 70's! My parents just had impeccable taste, which they then passed on to me.
While I was waiting there, I found an adorable girl playing near the lines of chairs. She seemed a little creeped out at first with this random girl with a camera talking to her, but at least one parent was keeping an eye on her so she sat down next to me while I ate and informed her of the free, buttery popped corn. The Monkees - I'm a Believer was playing in the background, with Mickey Dolenz singing the lead (though Neil Diamond composed that and many other Monkees songs). I sang along a little, knowing all the words by heart from having watched The Monkees TV show (yes, really) and hearing it over and over again. The girl beside me commented, "It's kind of like Shrek." "Yes, it is kind of like Shrek, but it's the Monkees singing it," I replied, knowing full well she would probably not remember what I had said. I'd forgotten up until then that Smash Mouth had covered it for that movie. Soon though her sister came to play, and they stood looking very much alike long enough for me to finish my popcorn and get another shot.
With that completed, I wandered into the bookstore on the other side of the street to check out their sale. They were having a wine tasting, but being 20 instead of 21, I honestly informed them of my inability to participate. Next year, eh? Still, an array of cheese, dips, crackers, fruit, and various sweet dessert items were on display in the back. I sat myself down in a chair and had myself a number of the chocolate wafer square... things. I don't know what they were, but they were good! I spent some time perusing the selection of books, and got this shot while I was snacking.
After that, I headed out to the cars! There was a 1905 Chevy, which I found to be very fascinating in both its antiquity and continued ability to operate. Most of the cars I've known don't last more than 10 years, let alone over 100! Here's a shot of two of the cars that caught my eye, and their icky, icky car guts.
I explored a few of the stores and food specials, but having popcorn left me pretty lacking in hunger. I didn't have time to stay for any of the other fun activities, though I would really like some pictures of the costume party if anyone has any. It was a great event, and I even found the dual-color dog again wandering another part of the street while I was walking back along the main street. As you can likely see, I enjoy my 16 x 9 format of pictures, and this new camera does a lot better job of keeping the colors clean and lovely. It still makes me happy.