Showing posts from July, 2009

Theme Day - Night (Lights)

Night Lights at the Chattahoochee River. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

Off we go into the wild blue yonder . . .

. . . not really. I did not think to write down the name of this plane. Maybe some of you history buffs out there know. I thought it was interesting that Al's shirt was the same color. It sits in front of the USS Alabama in Mobile. It was the 4th of July and it was HOT and there was no air inside the ship. It was still interesting. If you are ever in Mobile stop by. You can see Hwy 10 from the ship and vice versa.

July 4th, 2008

Memorial at the USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama.

At the Fishing Pier

You can't take a trip to the coast without drowning a few worms. As you can see, there were no worms in sight, but we had these tasty morsels for the fish. While Al fished I spent the time taking photos. I turned on the sepia setting and had a little practice. This fishing pier is next to the bridge to Dauphin Island. No worries if you don't have any gear, you can rent it at the pier. Happy Fishing!

Downtown Mobile

This is a view of downtown Mobile from the deck of the USS Alabama.

Mural at Dauphin Island

Last year on our anniversary weekend we went to Mobile. We have lived in Georgia and Alabama for 20 nearly years and had never been to the Alabama coastal area. Dauphin Island is a barrier island with a small year-round population. I really liked it there. I wouldn't mind having one of the beach front lots here. This mural was painted on one the beach houses.

Mega Margarita

This was a huge margarita. I don't drink them often and when the server asked if I wanted a large I said yes. (It was really hot out.) and I was misinformed about the size. Good thing I didn't have anything important to do afterward. FYI,when it comes to margaritas I am a purist...on the rocks...and a salted rim...always. Frozen margaritas are for the yuppies or millenials or whatever they call this generation.

At the Car Wash

If your riding a motocycle, where do you hang the air freshener?
Isn't there plenty of 'fresh air' on the bike?

Did U Say Firebug

OK, in Lee County where I live you can burn in your yard. No permit is needed and apparently common sense is not a prerequisite either. It's not as dry as it was last year, but get real dude! You could have burned down your house and that of your neighbors. Or is that what you were trying to do? Collect a little insurance money?

Stairway to . . . the Laundry

I was in a colorful, happy mood today (I finished a really big project at work today) and I wanted to post a photo that represented a time when I was happy, carefree, and RELAXED. This was taken about 4 years ago on Caye Caulker in Belize, Central America.Did you know that Belize has the longest barrier reef outside Australia. If you are looking for great diving and snorkeling, this is the place.

Chevy BelAir

Is this a car or an airplane? I bet you feel like your flying when you're cruising down the road in this baby. I often see this Chevy Belair sitting in front of a local cabinet shop. I just had to stop and take some photos before the 'season' is over. Anyhoo, I was totally impressed with this hood ornament. I wonder it it's original.

Strawberry Shortcake

It was a beautiful day in Alabama. Nice enough that we could eat dinner on the patio. That's right, outside. I grilled eggplant for sandwiches, spinach salad with bleu cheese, pecans, and raisins, and you guessed it...strawberry shortcake. Quite tasty. Is your mouth watering yet?Post post comment: To grill eggplant, mix olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and basil or oregano. Brush mixture on eggplant (cut about 1/4" thick). Eggplant is like a sponge so don't use too much oil. Grill on medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. I like foccacia bread and top with brie (or other soft cheese), tomatoes and spinach. bon appetit.

New Replaces Old

A cute little bungalow used to sit on this lot. I remember thinking years ago when it was for sale that we should buy it. It had a great view of the river through the spanish moss. Now this nice, new house has a great view of the river. I hope these people plan to retire here because they will never recoup the cost of this house. At least not in the current economy.

Who's Da Boss

Yesterday I showed you a cute little house. Today I have a little bit larger home. Notice the wider street with sidewalks. These homes are duplexes we well, but with two stories and much nicer. These are actually right across the street from the mill buildings. A two minute walk to work if that. No using heavy traffic as an excuse for being late to work.

No One Famous Lived Here

The house you lived in in Bibb City was determined by the job you had at the mill and your status in the community, much like it is today. This little house might have been for a mid-level manager. It id a single family dwelling. Many other homes in the neighborhood are multiple family homes, mostly duplexes. My son lives in this cute little house today.

Bibb City Water Tower

The mill needed workers and the workers needed a place to live, and the infrastructure to support both, hence the photo of the water tower (notice the logo). An entire community sprang up around the mill, they named the community Bibb City. Homes were built for the mill workers and their families. Bibb City had a police department and schools and playgrounds for the children. Many of the current Bibb City residents were employed at the mill. Bibb City has since been incorporated into Columbus because they did not have the tax base to support the services. All this and more on the pristine banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Bibb Mills

In October 2008 the Bibb Mill burned to the ground. The original mill structure was constructed in 1898 and expanded around 1900. The owner tried to demolish the building in 2007 but was stopped by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Two weeks after the building was listed on the historic register it burned to the ground. I am not sure if they ever came to a conclusion about the cause of the fire. But with all the cotton dust in the building, it wouldn't take much.The Bibb Mill founded a community within a community, but more about that tomorrow.

Accidental Watermelon

This is not the first time that this has happened out near the compost heap; watermelon seeds sprouting, but this time we actually have some fruit. We may get three melons, one of which may be quite good sized. I hope they are good tasting.

Marshall Tucker Band

We went to see Marshall Tucker Band at the amphitheatre on Saturday. The show was a sell out. It was a beautiful night.

The band is looking old, just like the rest of us. They have been touring together for 39 years.

I didn't get the set list. I don't know if they even had one. We were near the sound board tech and he didn't appear to have a list.

This dude on the sax was awesome. He also played keyboard and flute. He really worked up a sweat.

I found this guy to be the most interesting looking. Loved the long gray hair. And let's not forget the hat!

The drummer looked like he had a hard day's night, but he knew what he was doing.

Just a bunch of North Carolina red necks kickin' out some jams and havin a good time.

Tracks to Somewhere

With all the old cotton mills in Phenix City and Columbus area, it is only natural that there is large train yard in Columbus. There is talk about moving the train yard, but that seems like a really big project to me and would take years I am sure.

Mule Deer

By now you might be thinking, mule deer in Alabama. Not. And you would be right. This shot was actually taken in Yosemite. I love the vibrant green and the shining on the grassy meadow.

Cow Appreciation Day

Today was Cow Appreciation Day at Chik Fil A. If you dressed up like a cow you got free chicken. and a side. and a beverage. a free meal, what a deal. surprisingly, there weren't that may cow people when I was there. I paid for my food and it was udderly delicious.For the kids they had a milking station. With udders!!! What a hoot. If your lookin for free chicken, pull out that cow costume and get a mooooove on. This offer is good for today only.

Mobile Marketing

I've seen this truck around the neighborhood for a few months now. The panels on the sides and back change as the truck drives around. Good idea, but I am not sure if the truck is used for other things, like deliveries.Another reason I found this interesting is because Michael Registe was on the FBI's Most Wanted list for alledgedly killing two young Columbus men. He hightailed it to St. Maarten and was recently extradited back to Georgia. He even has a Wiki page.

Can You See Me Now?

I love this sign. I drive by it once a month when I run to the bank and I keep telling myself that I need to stop and get a shot. Today I finally stopped. As I moved around to get another perspective I realized I could see the billboard in the background thru the lenses. For some reason, I think the expression on the woman's face is hilarious.

The Red Car

Do you have one in your garage?

Down by the River . . .

. . . on the 4th of July. I had some time before the fireworks started and I was at my favorite along the river walk, sooooo . . .
I took this with a couple of different shutter speeds, but I liked the color of this one the best.

Moon Flower

We haven't gone to a professional fireworks show for many years, but I wanted to try and get some shots this year so we headed for the river. I used a tripod, a shutter cord, bulb mode on f16. We found a nice grassy spot and I got the camera set up where I thought the bursts would be. Imagine my surprise when the first salvo went up behind the trees. I moved so fast you might have thought I was being chased by a bear. I couldn't believe it. This shot was cropped to only include the moon and the flower.

American Lady

Captured this beauty in the sunflowers the other day. She even waited for me to run in the house for the camera. Have a great weekend.

Roto Rooter Calling . . .

Or were we calling roto rooter? If you live in rural Alabama chances are you have a septic system and sometimes you have trouble with that system. Well, today we woke up to toilets that didn't want to flush. This is the fourth time in about three years we've had to have the tank pumped. We knew we had a drainage problem and put in a french drain earlier this year, but we haven't had any substantial rain for a month so excessive water can't be the problem. So now we think the lines have collapsed, which means we have to upgrade or replace the system. Cha-ching$$$. Luckily, we have access to a line of credit for home repairs. TOM is stressing because he can't get anyone to call him back today. I guess he forgot that this is the beginning of a holiday weekend. Don't worry, be happy. TOM, this is for you.

32 Years and Going Strong

32 years ago I married this young soldier. It wasn't always easy, but it was always an adventure. Boy, we were young.
We managed to get a fellow traveler to take this shot of us in Union Square on our recent trip to San Francisco.
Clairol really had it right when they said 'you're not getting older, you're getting better'. I have to agree. Age adds character (along with a few other things).

Theme Day - Empty

My company observes 'Lights Out Friday' which means we turn off lights in areas with plenty of natural light (we have recently upgraded to Lights Out Wednesday thru Friday because of the increased price per kilowatt from .18 to .38). Personally, I don't mind. The fluorescent lights bother me. While most of my co-workers agree that it makes sense financially and to reduce our carbon footprint, several of my co-workers don't really like it when the 'lights go out in Georgia'.
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Post post clarification: We are not totally devoid of light. We do have task lighting in our cubes and we can bring in desk lamps if we need them.