When my father was a child, his mother took in a pair of young immigrant brothers who needed a home. Sure, my dad’s family already was large, but his mom figured there was always room for one — or two — more, so the young Greeks were enfolded.
At some point, the brothers either opened or bought a soda fountain and candy store.
When I was a child, we’d occasionally visit my father’s hometown and the brothers would try to fill my brother and me with every wonderful confection in the building. We were, quite literally, kids in a candy store.
I thought of that candy store Thursday as I wandered through the tents that house Gooding & Company’s 2017 Pebble Beach auction. The sale begins Friday and concludes on Saturday.
My mission at the preview was to select a half dozen or so vehicles that, were the Greek brothers still around and in charge, I could have taken home for free. And while David Gooding is a good guy, and has his name on the building, even he isn’t in a position to offer the assembled vehicles except to those with a bidder’s number who are willing to raise their hands when the auction begins.
But I want that one and that one and that one and…