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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Proctor Cronk At Syracuse, parts 1767 - 1770



1767. The Yardman could see that Proctor was uncomfortable with his decision which expressed itself in this question. “How is it, Proctor asked, “that this icon being new, nevertheless is all pitted and worn out and looks older than the icons painted hundreds of years ago. “Because I sandblasted it,” said the Yardman.



1768. Then he proceeded to give this elaborate explanation. “First of all how is it that I came to have all of this stuff here in the first place?” He asked rhetorically, and proceeded to answer his question. “People bring me their dead cars and I dispose of them. Now cars die in a similar way to people in that sometimes it is sudden and unexpected, and at other times it is a long drawn out process.”


1769. You hear someone say, “I said hello to him this morning at the post-office, he dropped dead mowing the lawn this afternoon, and tonight I am going to his wake. At other times it is, “They operated last month and he is back in the hospital today for treatments.” In short, it is the long death and the short death. So it is with cars. Sometimes it is rust that eats away the floor and finally attacks the suspension till the shock absorbers give way, but then at other times it just, “throws a rod,” as they say.


1770. Now, with sudden death of a person, often the fate of the car the person owned falls into limbo. The family will oftentimes bring a perfectly good older car to my yard without even looking it over. They want to be rid of it as soon as possible. In such cars one often finds the most amazing things that may have been riding around in the trunk for years. This is how I came to have the icons, these oriental rugs, and the brass lamps with the greens shades on them.

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