Google Maps Street View is handy for all kinds of things, including a partner’s infidelity (as unearthed by Claudette). This post will take a meander through the small town where I grew up, Nowhereville, British Columbia, Canada.
My parents built this house before I was born and lived there until I was around 30. My bedroom was the second one from the left on the top floor. The landscaping was much nicer when my parents were living there.
This was my elementary school. I lived across the street from it, but on the other side of the school and playing fields, so there wasn’t a good Street View shot from that angle. This side of the school was the “primary” side, with kindergarten through grade 3, and the other side was the “intermediate” side, with grades 4-7. If I recall correctly, the second classroom from the right in this picture was my grade 2 classroom. My teacher at the time was Mr. Uliana, and for some reason I took an interest in teeth and decided I wanted to be a dentist.
There’s no picture of the secondary school I went to for grad 8-12 because it burned down. Presumably it wads arson, but no one was ever charged.
This was the corner store that was a block away from my house. This was the place to go for penny candy, freezies, and slushies. I remember in my later years in high school, the “cool kids” would drive out here during recess for slushie runs. The picnic tables and planters are new. It used to just all be parking lot, and quite a busy parking lot at that.
Back in my day, there was someone with an El Camino-style vehicle that at the time I thought it was butt ugly. Little did I realize that if you circle too far into butt ugly terrtitory, you come back to the cool pretty quickly.
This is the “hospital hill,” which was grassier back in my day. When it snowed in the winter, this was the popular spot for kids to go sledding. At the top of the hill is the dinky local hospital where I volunteered as a candystriper while I was in high school. Off to the right of this picture was the town swimming pool, which lived in a little cluster with the curling rink, arena, and community centre.
This was the town movie theatre. The paint job happened at some point after my time. I most remember this theatre from when I was in elementary school, and I watched oh-so-cool films like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman. It seemed like such a grown-up thing to do to go to a movie in the evening with my friends.
This is the lake that was a few minutes walk from where I lived. This was the public beach, and then off to the right of this was a campground, which meant lots of opportunities to meet out of town kids during the summer. I swam on this lake in the summer and sometimes skated on it in the winter. Our area of town didn’t become a part of the town proper until I was in grade 7; before that, everyone in this area was on septic tank rather than sewer systems. I can’t imagine the lake water was all that clean at that stage of the game, but I’m not sure that anyone cared about that kind of thing back then. Sometimes during the winter we’d skate on the ice, and trust that adults were reliable in telling us it was safe or not.
So, that was my hometown. Have you ever used Google Maps Street View to take a wander down memory lane?