The mission was always found in a phone booth, a vending machine, a parked car or other mundane locations. The tape recording that detailed “your mission, should you choose to accept it,” ended with the chilling warning that in the event of capture, all knowledge would be disavowed. With a puff of smoke, the tape self-destructed in 5 seconds. I, as your ‘Secretary’ on Main Street, however, will never disavow you under any circumstances should you choose to care about a bunch of old buildings.
(After I visited Virginia’s Dress Shop to buy some beautiful things on SALE!- You really need to go visit Ginny), I took photos from the car and then walked the block to check some addresses. A fantastic thing happened. I met Rocky Mount native, Zack Poll with three of his Rocky Mount friends, who were all delightful. They were standing in front of Zack’s South Main building that is under-going renovation. Such fun! When it is all said and done, Zack will live on the second floor above a large space that will serve as community space for theater, music, other needs. Zack is EXACTLY what I’m talking about. EXACTLY!
This pleasant, energetic, ‘love him right away-guy,’ has a dream, that actually keeps him awake rather than counting sheep, counting possibilities on Main Street. Young, energetic, working on saving, preserving and repurposing a building himself, he believes! Add Zack to our list of angels unaware; part of the new reality on Main Street. In making a new friend, I laughed out loud as I drove away….I have often walked on this street before, but the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before. There weren’t a cast of thousands on the street, but those that were there greeted me with Happy New Year. A mother and daughter powering walking, several trains to wave at. I care about a bunch of old buildings. This mission is possible. Care about a bunch of old buildings too. Block by block.
Let’s start with the mustard building on the corner of the 200 south Main. Brides have pictures taken in front of the curved arches. The exterior of the building must be saved. Lordy, Lordy, when you pull the metal shuttered fronts back to look inside. The roof is laying on the floor.