REO Speedwagon – Manning, Alberta

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My drive south allows a stop just north of Manning, Alberta. A La Crete, Alberta auctioned vehicle draws attention – an old rusting relic; but, it’s more … its badging sports the name of a Rock and Roll band that achieved notoriety in the late 70s and early 80s … REO Speedwagon – the revelation, here, is that the band’s name links to a truck, something similar to an International Harvester, a one tonne truck designed for heavy use such as is found in farming communities. I have stumbled across an REO Speedwagon one tonne, a rarity, a vehicle that’s been sold from a La Crete, Alberta auction (a neighboring community to us in High Level) and this truck now resides without a grain box and without headlights along the highway that takes me south in my travels. It’s the kind of vehicle that might be made good use of by the owner and vehicle-restorer of Deanz Garage in Vulcan, Alberta.

Listening to – Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ and Cheap Trick’s ‘Ain’t that a Shame.’ Then to recall the band it’s REO Speedwagon’s ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ and ‘Take It On the Run.’

Quote to Inspire – “For me, photography has become a way of attempting to make sense of the strange world that I see around me. I don’t ever expect to achieve that understanding, but the fact that I am trying comforts me.” – Mikhael Subotzky

4 Comments on “REO Speedwagon – Manning, Alberta

  1. I never really thought about the name of that band, how it came to be, and (duh) that it was the name of a vehicle!!

    • Hey there, LB:

      The name of the truck, ‘Speedwagon’ must have some wordplay for the band – a one tonne farm truck lumbering along, piloted by perhaps the young and impatient. As I write this, I’m also drawn to the image of Juliette Binoche and Daniel Day Lewis in their final scene in ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ another farm truck moving at its speed and the two, husband and wife, after years being humbled by Life, settling into the joy of Life and each other – another speed wagon.

      Interesting musings, here …. 😉

      • Well now I’m going to have to see that movie. That’s a nice image you have described.

      • Hey there, LB:

        Milan Kundera is the writer of the novel; vertigo … being drawn forward and down or perhaps drawn into is a theme used to describe forces drawing one forward; its used to understand the husband’s infidelities. It’s the sort of thing that Bono is focusing on in U2’s ‘Vertigo’ – the pull of something … Bono might orient to the Holy Spirit in addition to the song being drawn to music. The movie is good and contains much; it’s a move from perhaps the mid-eighties, one that might take a couple of viewings to grapple with. Definitely, a movie that fits within my top ten movies to see.

        Enjoy 😉

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