On the Cusp of 2020, and 13 years ago!

Happy New Year version 2020.  I hope anyone who reads this has nothing but Happiness, Health, Love, and Freedom all year long!!!

And, I wanted to share a flashback photo from the start of 2007 of my Honey! (And Abe, too…)

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Thursday Doors – Archival Edition

I started cleaning & reorganizing the Man Cave this week, and in the process unearthed a box of my old photos. The “real kind”, like printed on photo paper from negatives! So of course, since old photos are more interesting than cleaning, I had a sit down and had a rifling-thru. In the process I found a small handful of pictures that I thought would work for a lame Thursday Doors entry (since I have been too lazy, I mean, too BUSY to go photograph new ones!)

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1965 Opel Kadett Station Wagon. Circa 1975

My First Car. It sounded like a sewing machine when it ran….It had 3 doors….

1970 VW Bug
1970 Volkswagen Type 1 (aka BUG). Circa 1976

My first Volkswagen. I bought it for $999.00. It even had a cassette player!!! And only 2 doors.

1972 Volkswagen Type 2 (Transporter Van). Circa 1980.
1972 Volkswagen Type 2 (Transporter Van). Circa 1980.

My First Volkswagen Van. Notice the sunroof? I installed that. Notice the peace sign/bunny fingers poking up out of the sunroof? Those belong to my youngest sister, Ann!! This had 4 doors.

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1985 Dodge Diplomat Squad Car. Circa 1986.

This was my first NEW squad car, issued to me in late 1985.  (4 doors). But there is more to point out in this picture. The red car in the driveway to the right was my landlord’s, and I eventually bought it from him (2 doors). And the beautiful Italianate house in the background was my landlord’s house (and you can even see a House Door in the front!). And if you look to the left side of the house, you will see a small outside staircase, which was my entrance to my 2nd story efficiency apartment! Only 1 door to the apt.

1980 Volkswagen Pickup
1980 Volkswagen Pickup. Circa 1990.

My First VW Pickup. I was actually able to fit in the cab and drive it!! I installed the sunroof myself… 2 doors, 3 if I can count the tail gate…

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1974 Porsche (VW) 914 Roadster (foreground) & 1967 VW Bug (background). Circa 1991.

My First Real Sportscar! I loved this little firebreather!!!

The Bug was a Sunroof version, something I had always wanted… I paid $650 for it!

2 doors for each.

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1974 Volkswagen Type 181 – The Thing. Circa 2019.

My current Volkswagen. I have owned at least one VW since I bought my 1970 Bug back in 1976! 4 doors!!

You can see more doors, like even REAL Buildings’ Doors, if you visit Norm at the following link, and check out everyone else’s doors in the links in the Comments!

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Thursday Doors – Lake Springfield Beach House

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The Beach House is located in Center Park, just north of Lindsay Bridge on the north end of Lake Springfield, Springfield, Illinois. The facility accommodates up to 215 people. It consists of two large rooms connected by a central foyer and contains two decorative fireplaces, a large outdoor patio, and a kitchen with a stove/oven, refrigerator, ice machine, and a serving counter. City Water Light & Power (CWLP) can provide tables and chairs for approximately 200 people. The Beach House is available for rent daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., April through December. A rental fee, security deposit (refundable provided no damages or excessive clean up), and a non-refundable deposit that is credited toward the rental fee are required. For an additional hourly fee, renters can choose to keep the building until midnight.

Beach House rental does not include access to the beach.

Beach Park is 4.78 acres. It is located across Long Bay Drive from Center Park and is adjacent to the Lindsay Bridge Boat Launch. The park has few amenities other than some picnic tables, but it offers a restful place to sit and enjoy a fabulous view of the lake.

The Beach House is handicap-accessible, as well as some other parts of Beach Park.

The above is taken from the Springfield, IL CWLP website.

The lower level of the Beach House has shower and locker facilities (or used to) and you can see the arched doorway opening onto the sand beach area in the center of the pictures. A 16 year old male (who couldn’t swim) drowned in the swimming area on July 14, 2007. The swimming facilities were shut down for the remainder of the 2007 season, did not reopen in 2008, and reopened in 2009 for only a very short time before being permanently closed.

The two arched doorways, on either side of the chimney, are boarded up as you can see, but the boards are removed (by city workers using power screwdrivers I believe) whenever the facility has been rented out. The same is true for the doorways on the park side of the facility.

Doors are the focus of Norm 2.0 every Thursday. You can see more doors at his website, HERE