Wednesday, July 22, 2009

RIGHT IN MY OWN BACKYARD - A HISTORICAL TREASURE

I've lived in Germantown all my life. Let me clarify that because I've lived in EMAN WMAN WOL and EOL, but I consider all of that Germantown.

Well now I really live in Germantown, Rubicam Street to be exact. There's a black tennis club right in the back of where I live and I often watch the players play. During my travel home, I'd pass by yet another black tennis club. So a friend of mine likes to play tennis, so we decided to ride around there and check it out.

Well, we met Mr. Scott, whose son (Franklyn Scott)is the President of the club By the time I finished talking with Mr. Scott, I not only knew the history of the club (he's gonna write an article about it for my next newsletter.), I'd also had a mini sermon, history lesson, philosophy lesson and a brief lesson in the latin language. By him also being a retired Dean of Students at Bartram, I got a whole other lecture about education, teaching and what's wrong with the educational system today. We had a very interesting and stimulating conversation - with him doing most of the talking! But the most interesting part of our conversation was this.

He asked where I lived and I said Rubicam Street He said "Oh you live on the Rubicon huh? I said "no Rubicam". He said "yeah Rubicon. Do you know what that means'? Of course I didn't know what that meant and I was beginning to feel pretty stupid. Anyway, he went on to tell me (and I'm paraphrasing) how when Ceasar left Rome and crossed the Rubicam - there was no turning back. True or not true I like that. Keep on walking don't look back. Yes!

Peace and Love.

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