Lesson In Integrity…………..#64 (the 50’s)

The Willson's family car

The Willson’s family car

         A very frustrating situation for a sixteen year old,  having a driver’s license and not having a conveyance to register it with,  the use of the family car was ambiguous at best.  Gary was hoping that his Dad would  establish a set of parameters so he could determine an advantageous means of circumventing the rules.  He never subscribed to the axiom,  ‘rules are made to be broken’,   a better aphorism,  “rules are made for reflection ”  or “if at first you don’t succeed try and try again” especially  if you find a need to question.  The youth discovering In formulating specifics, there always exist the possibility of alternatives,  especially with a little improvising.  His Dad regulating to a direct one on one  car use rule,  meaning,  you have to ask and you have to state your purpose.
      With the advent of his senior year,  Gary discovering himself devoid of a transit convenience to  school.   His portage provider and best friend Hank Ball having graduated and moved on to college in Illinois.   Gary having  to approach his Dad as his only provisional transportation benefactor, his mother a non-driver, the families 48 Chevrolet sitting idle at home, Dad traversing  to  work in the pickup.   The senior entering into a father son discussion presenting his circumstance and to his surprise, an agreement coming to fruition,  his Dad laying out two prerequisites that would be augment his use of the family car for school transportation.  The first was to offer to drive his sister Kay to and from school, the second stipulation was dreaded, the car would be parked upon his return from school.  Gary concluding that his Fathers decision was paradoxical,  good in the respect that he would have transportation, bad that he couldn’t cruise after school, at least for very long.

Dale Spady

Dale Spady

The back way to Castro Valley on Lake Chobot Rd.

The back way to Castro Valley on Lake Chobot Rd.

      His friend Dale Spady having moved to Castro Valley had a different a set of circumstances.   The difficulty accosting him being his mother was a driver thus limiting the use of her car.   Dale finding a remedy, procuring a two-wheeled motored appliance,  a used 5 horsepower Cushman motor scooter,  which in the proper weather conditions provide dry transportation.   When Dale visited,   Gary found there was room  to sit on the rear jump seat,  not exactly cool but still a means for the journey between their two homes.  Although the Cushman speedometer registered as much as 60 mph, in reality top speed was about 45, so when traveling to Castro Valley, they would stay off  Mac Aruthur Blvd and  Highway 50 interchange,  taking the back way,  going up Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro to Lake Chabot Rd and around the lake. 

Dale's mother 1954 Dodge

Dale’s mother 1954 Dodge

San Leandro Lutheren Church

San Leandro Lutheran Church

       Gary having spent Saturday night at Dales, the two having formulated a plan to ask for the use of Dales’ Mothers four door 1954 Dodge.   Dale mentioning that he would like to attend the Lutheran Church in San Leandro,  the one the family attended  in the past when living in Oakland.   Dale parents agreeing to the use of the car and for the boys to attend.  Sunday morning found the two sitting through the first service of the San Leandro church, but  before the start of  the second service deciding to leave, an hour to kill  cruising before arriving back at Dales residence at the appropriated time.  The two deciding to get somewhat innovative telling Dales’ Parents they were going attend the services of some of the other church denominations,  Gary detecting some skepticism.    The teens finding it easy to verify their attendances,  upon entering they were handed a printed program of the Sunday Service, returning to Dales at the appropriate time they would causally lay the church service program down in plain sight for Dales’ parents to see.  All was well with the Sunday morning cruising until Dales Dad unbeknown to the boys performed an audit of the fuel consumption and the mileage of his wife’s car,  the boys being told  if they wanted to attend church they could joined the family for Sunday Service.   The Teens feeling amiss for their deed,  but because they were never really questioned,  no answer had to be given,  Gary coming to the conclusion  their antic wasn’t an act of duplicity,  but  a lesson in integrity.


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