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Three Jamokes and a Car

Three Jamokes and a Car

Well, here are the troublemakers, the neighborhood clowns, the jamokes. This car was in front of my house at 222 N. Mardina Street, West Covina, California about 1961 or so. I do not recall whose car this was. I'm the kid on the left. Doug is in the middle and Dennis is making the face on the right. We were all the same age, but Dennis was bigger.

Our homes were adjacent: mine, Dennis's and Doug's. They had built-in pools, and boy did I take advantage. Doug's dad was a construction guy, kind of loud and gruff. Summertimes when we were at his house swimming, Jack (his dad) would come home from work and upon seeing us kids would say, "What are you jamokes up to?" in a most affectionate way. Now the word: Urban Dictionary says jamoke is "a clumsy loser who is incapable of doing normal human tasks." We were friends forever, at least as long as it lasted. And it did for several years.

And hey, the car is a 1957 Dodge. View full size.

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I've looked at this photo a few times and smile each time I do so. You guys look just like the boys who lived in my neighborhood growing up. And you're right, you were the clowns and the troublemakers, but you had lots of fun! Mvsman, thanks for the smiles.

mhallack, thanks for the update

I drive by periodically to take a short nostalgia trip. I'm not too faraway, all these years later. As I recall, in the old days, the home shown across the street from us kids, and the one you have shown in Google Earth, was occupied by an elderly retired minister and his wife, name of Soderstrom, I think. Hopefully we didn't bug them too much.

You're right, for a neighborhood that is almost 60 years old (my parents bought their home in 1954) there are quite a few well maintained homes. There are also a fair share of homes that are not so nice, but that's to be expected. For years,my pal Doug's former home,two doors up from mine, has been quite shabby. Kinda makes me upset, for some reason. And thanks to Istanbul and Paul A, I appreciate your time.

Here is my old house updated. The old place is actually looking good, though way different from my time there (1955-1964). There is an addition connecting the garage to the main house. A big A/C unit is on the roof. We just had a small window A/C in those days. And look at that pool. Very nice. My pool was inflatable. And, dude, the garage door...that's the crappy original, I swear. I hope the families who have lived there in the past 49 years have had the great memories I have.

Not much change

Neighborhood still looks nice today!!

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Istanbul (NOT!!)

From the chrome emblem, it certainly looks as if this is a 1957 Dodge Constantinople.

[Dodge Custom Royal. -tterrace]

Made me laugh hard!

Oh man, this looks like so many of my childhood moments that weren't photographed. 'cuse me I'm still roaring!

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