How Fast It All Changes!


Zapata house both


There are three things that invariably let us know how fast time passes:

  • How quickly our kids grow (up)
  • Wrinkles showing up “overnight”
  • Places that don’t look anymore like we remember them


Lately, I’ve researched a place where my son and I lived 11 years ago. It was an old, run-down trailer at the outer edge of a small Texas town, only a mile or so from the border.

I love Google Earth where you can find not only maps, but even the very house you used to live in…

… if it’s still there!

I was surprised and shocked to see that the trailer that was our HOME for almost two years is no more.

The neighborhood we lived in is no more.

The whole place is now the apparent headquarters of an “oil field service,” meaning it belongs to an oil drilling corporation.


It is so strange…

On one hand, I can look at photos in and around the trailer from ten years ago…

And on the other hand, I can look at the present-day empty cement pad on the Google Earth image.

Zapata house 1


What used to be a flea market on Sundays, and also a place where we had access to a laundry machine, appears to be now a bunch of administrative buildings of said oil company.


Zapata house 2

the arrow shows where our trailer used to be; and the fleamarket was in the buildings at the upper right of this image


It’s a strange feeling!

 Change comes fast and once it’s done, there is no going back.




7 thoughts on “How Fast It All Changes!

  1. BeckyHelps says:

    I know just how you feel. I too have done the search on google earth, but that one place we lived is too rural. Then something really weird happened, the place became an interest to archaeologists and the home we lived in was in their photos as a derelict croft! The paint on the windows nearly gone, some glass had already and it was such a sad sight. It took a while to sink in and become the expression:
    The only constant is change.
    Namaste beloved.

  2. BeckyHelps says:

    p.s. They even did a video that included the house in it!
    Here it is:

    • I love this place! Where is it?
      I would love to live in such a place.
      I take it your old house is the one WITH the roof?

      • BeckyHelps says:

        Yes it still has a sound tin roof, but that the building is no longer occupied. I think there was a dead sheep in there in one of their photos! There was a turf roof on the bathroom when we left, but I guess that will have been blown off by now, maybe? It did have electric and phone when we were there, but who knows now… Facing north on a hillside in Orkney, it had a tendency to be darkest of dark in the winter. The most isolated place on the mainland. NOT for the faint hearted!

  3. BeckyHelps says:

    p.p.s. You don’t need to publish the video, just delete once you see it. The house still has a good tin roof, but all the other features are pretty much gone to the dogs.

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