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08/06/07

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Categories: Fixing Up The Bus

WOW! Fabulous Restore Job on RLH 69

The bus we're hoping to get is a Regent Low Height... they only ever made seventy-six of this model... our's is the third one made so RLH 3. If you're REALLY interested in our bus, click here.

Now, the reason I bring this up is I do like to keep track of the other "still-in-one-piece" Regent Low Heights... and even recently I "blogged" about RLH 53, 69, and 71 which were, until very recently, in a field in Murrieta, California... but had been bought by someone in Oregon.

Below are the three being shipped via flat-beds to their new home...

Well, in my entry (which you can read here,) I stated my hopes for a good new home for the three...

Yesterday, I was catching up at the RLH Information Centre (without who's help, these images and the blog would be VERY different and not very good...) and noticed that Mr. Pring, the webmaster, had put a NEW photo of RLH 69 online!

Here's the "before" image in the field in California...

In California...

...and the NEW picture which shows her being readied for an Independence Day parade...

WOW!

...four months after being moved to her new home.

Wow!

My congratulations to the new owners on a SPECTACULAR restoration job! The bus looks PHENOMENAL!

Thank you also for preserving these fine vehicles which mean so much to me and my family... I know the new owners didn't have us in mind when they undertook the job, but it still means a lot to us!

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This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
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Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

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Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 703 words   English (CA)
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My Life is Fraught With Memories

Don't worry... this is NOT a "poor me" post...

The little one (as regular - and those who need more bran - readers know,) is currently up at a rental cottage for the week... the cottage is near Minden, Ontario which, oddly enough, is close to where my former family cottage was.

So, yesterday, I decided to show Sue what the ol' cottage looked like...

Thanks to Google satellite images...

My Old Islands from Space...

There it is! See that tiny spec the arrow points to? It's an island on the end of the lake... surrounded by a river... a little touch of heaven on Earth in some ways to me. It's small (about one-and-a-half acres) but it had a beach and the water was always swimable.

Sadly, it is no longer in our family... which is a situation that has left me not speaking to one sister... but I can remember it well... which is why I'm posting about this.

In my adult life, I never got up there enough... and not because of "lack of want", but lack of transportation... or a lack of willing to have a vacation that HAD to include said sister.

...that said...

How I found this image, which is NOT exactly a "bookmarked" bit on Google maps was funny...

I didn't know you could use "road maps" on Google... so I started with a satellite image of #1 Spadina Cres. in downtown Toronto... then "drove" using the roads to the cottage.

Yup, it was flying "blind" in some ways, but I navigated to the place via Google satellite images using "sight" and "memory" alone.

I was so unsure I was in the right place that when I noticed the "Map" option, clicked it, and discovered I was bang on, I was decidedly impressed with myself!

Further Up...

Here's the road map...

My father bought the island and built the initial cottage there... and from the ages of two to about sixteen, I spent more Summer time there than anywhere else... in fact, in many ways, it was the ONLY link I really had to my "family".

...anyway...

Here's a long view...

As you can see in the map above, I was so pleased when I heard schnookie was up at a cottage "near Minden" as I felt as if she was near-enough by my old family stompin' grounds as there is a SLIGHT passing of me to her... even if it isn't "The Island" as such.

Who knows, however... despite the mean/average cottage price in that area for a "lake front" cottage being reasonably close to a million dollars (the average seems to be about $600,000 to $900,000 depending...) as the location is very "desirable", and I probably will never be able to afford this one, another dream Sue and I share is trying to re-capture that island... one day... for our family... in a sense from my old family.

I guess it may never happen... or perhaps we'll find our own island... but I miss my dad... and I miss this island... and all I have are memories...

...but it's good to know that our little one is up near Kawartha Dairy and the like... so I'll take it...

...and it's weird and great to know my memory of this place worked so well that I located it from the air without directional or "road map" help.

Apparently, forty-year old brain cells CAN work. :)

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
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Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

We thank you for your support!

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One Old Green Bus

This blog was started in April of 2006... its original itent was really twofold. One was to be a "sounding board" for it's author... and the other... well...

At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

We kind of adopted one bus... Regent Low Height 3... as Our Bus... and we used to talk about what we'd do with "our bus" if we got it... from fixing it up to the trips we'd take on it.

Along the way, we became students of the history of this bus which HONESTLY seemd it was truly for us... trouble was, we couldn't afford the bus and weren't in a position to work towards the bus... so we had a couple of options...

Since the bus' position was sketchy (there's a chance she might be sold for scrap or "carved up" in other ways,) we could forget about her and pretend she didn't exist...

...or we could TRY... ask for help... put our dream of owning and saving "One Old Green Bus" into the universe and see what happens...

As of February, 2008, we knew that there was a perspective buyer for the bus (not us, obviously,) and made some difficult decisions... The first was that we wouldn't "beg" for help anymore and give the little money we received to a few different charities both online and off... and the second was simply hope that either we find a corporate sponsor (for an "ad" idea we have, click here to about read that,) or even a patron who see's the value in a silly family's dream...

But, if the bus is about to be purchased by someone who's planning on restoring it and they "get there first", we wish them well and are glad that at least Our One Old Green Bus is in a safe place being looked after.

For now, though, we are still hoping WE might be the ones to get our One Old Green Bus and see a family dream come true...

Regardless, this blog WILL continue... and we will still "go for" a bus of our own... but this blog will ALWAYS be dedicated to our own One Old Green Bus.

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