Here is a new word for many readers. A quinquagenarian is someone who has reached the half century mark. We optimistically and unrealistically refer to this as middle-aged, but that designation would actually apply only if your life expectancy is 100 years old.
People who turn 50 often “celebrate” with mixed feelings. Rather than mourning the loss of your youth, it seems more hopeful to celebrate the particular joys of this milestone. By age 50, some of your worst mistakes have already been made. By age 50, you have likely reached some level of proficiency in your career.
In Hollywood, where youth is everything, turning 50 can signal the beginning of the end of your career. However, several stars of movies and television are turning 50 this year, and these show no signs of slowing down. Patrick Dempsey, John Cusack, David Schwimmer and Kiefer Sutherland all turn 50 in 2016. It is hard to picture Adam Sandler as anything other than a perpetual man-boy, but he is turning 50 this year also.
Actresses seem to fear Father Time even more than actors, but these make it seem less scary. Robin Wright, Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Juliana Margulies, Helena Bonham Carter and Tea Leoni all turn 50 in 2016. Supermodel Cindy Crawford and singer Janet Jackson also turn 50 this year.
In the world of small business, lasting half a century is only good, but increasingly rare. Statistics indicate that the majority of start up businesses fail early, but a few decades of staying power speaks for itself and shows that a business is delivering for its customers. According to Small Business Administration, the majority of small businesses only survive around 5 years with 1/3 making it to the ten-year mark. Think about the businesses that you regularly patronize. How many of those were there even ten years ago? There are many things that can kill a small business. Sometimes a business fails because of external factors like the economy or the competition, but nothing will destroy a business faster than poor customer service.
On the Space Coast of Florida, Cassels Garage in West Melbourne is turning 50 this year. Family owned since 1966, we have delivered service that keeps our customers coming back, and we show no signs of slowing down. There is simply no substitute for excellent service. Our dedicated staff is committed to keeping your vehicle in top shape no matter the circumstances. Residents of Brevard County have counted on us for 50 years now and so can you.
What was our world like just fifty years ago in 1966? The Cold War was still very scary. The Vietnam War was escalating. NASA was busy, but we had not yet put a man on the moon. Although pop history tends to emphasize the fringiest elements of the counter-culture, most Americans were hard-working and patriotic, committed to traditional values and alarmed by the news.
Barriers were broken in 1966. Robert Weaver became the first African-American cabinet member when President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Neil Armstrong and David Scott completed the first docking in space aboard the Gemini 8 spacecraft. Texas Western won the NCAA basketball championship with the help of five African-American student-athletes.
The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series in baseball. The champions of the National Football League were the Green Bay Packers. The Boston Celtics were the National Basketball Association champions, and the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in hockey.
1966 was also the end of an era. Walt Disney died in December while producing The Jungle Book, making that the last animated feature he personally supervised.
“A Man for All Seasons” won the Academy Award for Best Picture. “Bonanza” was the most popular television program. The year opened with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” at number one on the Billboard pop chart, and it ended with “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees at the top. Popular Christmas and birthday gifts included new toys and games like Twister, Spirograph and Barrel of Monkeys.
United Airlines invited us to “Fly the Friendly Skies.” Burger King urged its customers to “Have it Your Way.” Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise said, “Beam me up, Scotty,” and John Lennon said that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.”
1966 was also a banner year for drivers in Brevard County, Florida because that is the year that Cassels Garage opened in West Melbourne. We are a family-owned shop well equipped to provide routine maintenance or do major repairs on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966.
Most of the time American drivers use our roads and highways as merely a means to an end. We drive on the roads just to get to our destinations. It was not always this way. The term “Sunday driver” refers to the early days of the automobile when it was still an exciting adventure to go exploring by car after the big meal on Sunday. Nowadays we take it for granted that it is no big deal to spend a weekend at a destination several states away. So we hurry along the road to get where we are going. There are a few exceptions. Bikers have a reputation for embracing the drive as well as the destination, but automobile drivers can adopt this attitude also.
The Pacific Coast Highway in California and Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia both offer an abundance of beautiful scenery as well as some scary turns for the passengers. Route 66 is an iconic trip down memory lane. Closer to home, Central Florida offers many less trumpeted opportunities for a beautiful Sunday (or any other day) drive.
If you are in Florida, you are never more than sixty miles from the ocean. Our coastlines offer several opportunities for scenic drives that many locals take for granted. For example, the causeways leading from the mainland to the beachside offer fabulous views for miles in each direction. Next time you are crossing a causeway in either direction take a moment to appreciate the fantastic scenery around you.
US Highway 1 runs mostly parallel to the Intracoastal Waterway along the eastern coast of Florida. Some of the neighborhoods to the west of US 1 have seen better days, but the view to the east is almost always lovely. On the beachside, AIA gives drivers and passengers a nice view of the beach and some nice neighborhoods. It is hard to imagine a more scenic drive than the “on the beach” driving experience offered for a fee on the hard-packed sand of St. Augustine Beach, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach.
If you are ready to hit the road, be sure to swing by Cassels Garage and let us make sure your vehicle is up to the task. We are located in West Melbourne, Florida and are a family-owned shop that is well equipped to diagnose and repair your car. You can count on a fair price, and you can depend on us to perform the repairs that your vehicle actually needs.