Shoveling Snow and Sliding Down Memory Lane

Enough already! Let's get this party started.
Say what, Skip? “I said enough already! Let’s get this party started.”

While you’re still wiping snow off your boots from last week’s snowfall, visualize the Blizzard of 1996. That severe nor-easter with its strong winds and blinding snow paralyzed the East Coast, forcing public transit to shut down; job closures lasting days; and sporadic power outages in cities throughout the East Coast. Under those circumstances, it didn’t take long for cabin fever to set in among FGC members. We were a more cohesive group back then, and some of us adult kids-at-heart soon came up with a reason to go outside in the snow.

At that time, FGC did not have a snow removal service contract as we do now. Our maintenance engineer, Skip, took care of the grounds in addition to numerous other duties. So, after some phone calling among members, a group of us — mostly ladies, but a few gents, too — agreed to grab our shovels and meet outside where we assisted Skip in clearing the parking lot and walkways on and around the property. We even helped dig out a few member’s cars. It was a united effort and the “shovelingfest” turned out to be more fun than work. Later, some of us gathered in the co-op’s social room where we passed time playing bingo, pokeno, and card games.

Unfortunately, some of the veteran FGC members are gone now and they are deeply missed. Most original members who remain here maintain camaraderie and we sometimes discuss how we miss the family-type relationship that previously existed at our co-op. We had cook-outs in the courtyard; yard sales; Halloween and Christmas parties. Those were the days. If you want to see photos of one of several activities that co-op members enjoyed back then, click on the Events/Events II tab above. To see snapshots of some former and current members, select the Members and Associates tab. By the way, new FGC members — if you want your photo added to the members page email me at  

Unfortunately, times change and people do too, but memories linger on, and as Doug Larson so adequately expresses it, “Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.

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The Brightwood Community Association (BCA) had a very productive meeting, last Tuesday, with representatives from Safeway including the retailer’s Public Relations and Government Affairs managers. Tamesha Smith, the new store manager at the Piney Branch Road location was also there. In response to the concerns expressed by Safeway customers and other community members about food safety and quality and customer service, Safeway representatives promised to address and correct all of the issues. Volunteers were solicited for a consumer advocacy group to support that endeavor.

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