Thursday, February 25, 2010

In a Van Down by the River (39/100)

The best camera is the one you have with you, they say. Even, I suppose, if it's the camera in your bargain-basement Embassy-issue Nokia phone. And that was all your correspondent had with him when he accompanied his day-job boss on a trip to scenic Jelgava, home of (among other things) an industrial park at a site once occupied by a Soviet minibus factory.

This is a not-well-framed picture of a fully restored (or perhaps never damaged) Latvija-brand minibus, once the pride of Jelgava, driven by Soviet residents needing to transport eight or nine friends from Vilnius to Vladivostok. Now there is an industrial park there, working hard to clean out the horribly contaminated and corroded factory and warehouse spaces left behind and rent them to producers of something more modern. They use a vintage Latvija van to drive visitors around the park from one warehouse to another. Perhaps luckily for all of us, they don't make 'em like they used to.


Erin said...

"Once the pride of Jelgava" is going to be my new tag-line. Somewhere.

Matt said...

I'm happy to provide a blurb to that effect for your next book.