October 15, 2013
Catme 13/Glass Effect 99: George of George's Gas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — through Google Glass
Last week in Milwaukee on my annual pilgrimage to my hometown with my little brother Dave (62) and BFF Cary (64), as always we stopped by the house at 2466 North 50th Street (at Wright) which in the late 1950s and early 60s was the Milwaukee Jewish Children's Home, where I lived from age 11 until I was 18 and left for college at U.C.L.A..
A block south at 50th and Lisbon was a then-mammoth Clark gas station with I think eight pumps — where I had my first paying job, as an attendant, when I was 16, more about which another time — occupying most of the triangular piece of property bordering Lisbon; however, George's Service occupied the small Eastern-facing tip of the triangle such that only it was visible to traffic heading west on Lisbon and so it got a goodly amount of business as a result.
Below, the review I just wrote of George's.
George's was run by George, a 25-or-so year-old guy who took it over from his dad, who'd purchased the property after World War II (not so fun fact: George's dad was bludgeoned to death — he was 83 — about eight years ago as he was walking home to his apartment a few blocks from the station; the neighborhood isn't quite the same as it was fifty-some years ago. But I digress).
Turns out the station (below)
which appears deserted, with an open door and nobody apparently around inside, everything on the crowded shelves and tables heavily covered with dust — is open for business and that the very same George, now in his mid-70s, runs it.
He sits in a low chair behind one of the counters and you don't know he's there until he slowly rises.
He told us he hadn't had a single customer that day (it was around noon when we stopped by) so we bought gas and made his day.
While we were there, we got to chatting with him and all.
My brother remembered him vividly from when he (Dave) was in the home (he was 7 years old in June of 1959 when our paranoid schizophrenic mother, no longer able to take care of us because of her psychosis, placed us there during one of her lucid periods).
Dave was gobsmacked that the very same guy was still running the station, and he interviewed him.
FunFact: during the gas price wars of decades past, George once undercut his neighbor Clark's to the tune of selling gas for 15.9 cents per gallon.
How great is that?
Almost as cheap as Venezuela!
But I digress yet again.
Up top, my video of of our conversation with George.
Turns out George has knowledge that few others have.
Let me sum it up: An orbiting alien-created Black Knight Satellite is secretly controlled by the C.I.A. and the U.S. government.
In fact we are all going to shortly become not carbon-but-silicone-based hybrids who will be seven feet tall (women) and eight feet tall (men) and live for 8,000-10,000 years.
There's much more.
If you're ever in Milwaukee please go to George's and fill up your tank: he really, really does need the money.
Tell him joe sent you.
That oughta freak him out good.
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Is your brother the co-author of 'Florida: Saturdays at the Swamp'?
Posted by: itsrichard | Oct 15, 2013 2:59:56 PM
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