The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging — Larry Clark

Standard
The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging  — Larry Clark

Don’t have any idea who came up with this terminology but it was something we used quite often; like in, “ what will we do tonight” and this was most often answered with, “lets go skin dogging” (although we used it as one word).I say “skin dogging” now, as that is how it is defined in GOOGLE although the drift of the language has changed somewhat.

skin doggingfrom the term skin dog. when you’re cruising around, or walking through somewheres ( mall, main street,bar, shopping plaza) looking for ladies. or looking for any skin anywheres.friend: where you’s to? me: ahh just going skin dogging, man.friend: nice. nice.by skindoggg October 22, 2009 – Larry Clark

THE CP NIGHT PATROL AKA SKIN DOGGING – Larry Clark

I find it awesome that this term has survived to this day as I figured that it would now be extinct and perhaps it really is, due to the advent of almost instant communication.

Anyway back to Brundage’s BA station, corner of Lake Ave. and Bridge St.; early evening, a group of us in one or more cars would discuss the evenings activities, settle on the above and head out, -north on Bridge St., paying particular attention to the steps at the bank (you know which one) all the way to the town line. Here a decision had to be made,-West to the intersection with High St. (destination diner???) or East to the intersection with Bell to check out Curb Service.

With no luck; back to Brundage’s to swing west on Lake Ave to pass the riverfront, Canoe Club and beyond the high school to reverse course. We must have found this occupation amusing and interesting because we did this circuit many times without (for the most part) or (never having) any “luck”? To break the pattern, a 180 at the town line would suffice, or if something of interest was spotted (seldom), a 180 would be performed at that point.

Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Howard McLinton’s Gas Station. Was it was up at the end of High Street on the left as you are going toward Highway 7. Now it is a private home — read Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

At times we must have peaked the interest of the local gendarmes, for-on one of the many occasions when two (or more) cars were racing down the town line, the race ends at the Hwy 7 junction with a 3 car formation. When the dust settled, it was determined that the third car was occupied by Chief Cornell. A little chagrined (and soon out of pocket), they answered to the ensuing charges with an amount almost equal to a weeks wages.

Peter Bradley
Sat with Herb Cornell on High Street outside our gate manning the speed trap many times. When he went hunting he would often drop off some moose meat to eat. Wonderful Chief! Photo-Vintage Carleton Place & Beckwith
February 1, 2020  · 

It seemed a little ludicrous as these jalopies could barely attain  a speed of 50mph but they were dangerous in other respects. Two cars racing down the Town Line neck and neck, approaching highway 7; whether it was late braking or no braking; the driver one of the vehicles failed to stop and careened through the intersection and crashed the embankment on the other side, crushing his car and a portion of himself-his upper arm broken in several places.

The remedy was a complete arm cast (screws and rods) that he wore for several (6) months and the good news:- he became the best one armed pool player in CP. In order to keep these cars on the road, we all had to become back yard mechanics with varying degrees of competency-some much better than others. Take for instance, an evening drive to Perth and we are all commenting to the driver about his inability to properly steer the car . His solution was to apparently let the car drift to one side and then counter that with the encouragement of a drift in the opposite direction. Worked well for the most part as he only clipped two opposite direction cars. They were barely “grazings” so no stop was made by either party-especially since we would be long gone by the time anyone could turn around. I believe someone else took over the driving for the remainder of the outing.  The drifting tactic was discarded and replaced by good concentrated driving which was needed to overcome the erratic tendencies of the steering/front end wanderings. (I was not either driver).

The old Carleton Place icehouse at the end of High Street past the Supertest Garage on the left taken about 1972–Peter Bradley

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s