Showing posts from January, 2013

I Hear the Train a Comin'

 ***** Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues I hear the train a comin'
It's rolling round the bend
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin' on
But that train keeps a rollin' on down to San Antone..
When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry..


I bet there's rich folks eating from a fancy dining car
They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free
But those people keep a movin'
And that's what tortures me...

Well if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom prison, that's where I want to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away... *****

The Official Last Battle of the Civil War

Took place on both sides of the Chattahoochee River and on the 14th Street and Dillingham Bridges. Today 14th Street is being upgraded and improved and will be used as a pedestrian bridge for watching the kayakers and rafters on the river. Dillingham is the most painted and photographed bridge in the Valley; although much improved since the bridge was burned during the battle.

Time for Something Funny

I was heading onto the county offices to check on a business license and saw this construction barrel guarding a pile of sand. When I realized that there were several references to Aflac and the Duck, I had to take a shot.

Post post comment: the International HQ for Aflac Insurance is in Columbus, GA and their mascot is the Aflac Duck. I am sure you have seen him.

Phenix City Fountain

We finally have a fountain in Phenix City. It is located on the corner lot where the old Citizens Bank was until a couple of months ago. We have a nice little 'park' area with a few benches and the fountain. I think it makes a nice addition to our community.

The Wave Shaper

This is one (of three) wave shapers that is being constructed for the Georgia channel of the river restoration project. I could not photograph all three as I was afraid that I was about to get kicked out (still a construction zone). Anyway, this is what it looks like under the completed Alabama channel that is already open to kayakers and rafters.

Powerhouse Updated

Went for a stroll near the powerhouse today. They have completed the bridge to the viewing area near the class 4 and class 5 rapids. Officially a construction zone, but I snuck out there anyway. They are still working in the wave shaper (I will show that to you tomorrow). They still have alot of work to do to be ready for june.

No final decisions about the upper level of the powerhouse, but have heard rumors of a restaurant. We'll see.


... atop the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper building. I have photographed this building on numerous occasions, but I never noticed this weathervane.

The Ledger is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service. First in 1926 for publishing stories against the Klu Klux Klan, for standing against a law that would have banned teaching the theory of evolution, for outing dishonest public officials, and for justice for Negroes and standing against lynching.

The second prize was awarded in 1955 for complete coverage and fearless editorial attacks on the corrupt officials in Phenix City. I have posted before about the murder of Albert Patterson (the attorney general of Alabama) and the movie of this time in history "The Phenix City Story".

Rocky River

They were holding back the flow of the river today as they remove City Mills dam. I think the rocks look interesting, but I miss the sound of the rushing water.

Mr T's Tax Service

Here in the good ol' USA, it is time for all citizens to pay their taxes. We must be filed and paid in full by April 15th. While at the flea market a week ago, I spotted this tax van. So, are you up for having your taxes done while you shop for bargains?

Ancient Artifact Unearthed




St. Luke's United Methodist Church

St. Luke's is one of the oldest and most prominent churches in Columbus. They have a large congregation and run a school, pre-school, and a daycare.

City Mills Dam

They have breached City Mills dam. I am not sure when, but they claim the work will be completed by June. At that time the 2.5 mile urban whitewater course will be open to the public. I am not sure how much more of the dam will be removed, but work has been put on hold because of the recent rains.

Ready Steak Go

I am sitting here for my take out order so I thought I would get my post published for today. The owner of this restaurant has several other restaurants in the area, but this is my first time eating here. The menus are similar at each place so I know the food will be good. My son works here so we get a little extra special service.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

The temperatures are dropping. Northern Missississippi, Alabama, and Georgia may get some snow this evening. We have mostly high winds and rain. Need a pick me up. Click the link and listen to Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting singing ... Baby, It's Cold Outside

A Corner of My Desk

I spend most of my waking life on the job. One day I will be able to retire, but that day is at least 13 years away, so I try to make my workplace as 'me friendly' as possible. I have my doodle book, my picture of Jon Hamm (aka Don Draper on Mad Men), assorted colored pens for doodling, pictures from a trip to Vegas, toys, hand cream, and a fan to combat the occasional hot flash. So what do you keep on your desk to stimulate your creativity or to combat an occasional case of boredom?

U.S. Post Office

The post office in Phenix City is pretty non-descript, but its the only one we have. I still use the post office, but I don't send many letters these days and i pay my bills online. I do send the occasional package. How about you, do you still use the postal service?

Lunch at Subway

I did some shopping to supplement my spring wardrobe and ran into Subway for a quick sandwich before heading home. I caught this elderly couple catching a quick lunch too. I guess Jared has been replaced by Michael.

Flea Market Find

I was looking for frames that could be used for my paintings and came across this print. I liked the colors and the frame was interesting so I snatched it up to hang in my bedroom.

Amish Buggy for Sale at the Flea Market

There is a community of Amish Mennonites in Faunsdale, AL in Marengo county (on the western side of the state). Although, this buggy has seen better days, it still has both side mirrors and the orange yield sign on the back.

The Face in the Window

I have never had anyone ask to use my photos for anything, but yesterday I was contacted by a representative of the Columbus Museum to use a couple of my photos of Linwood Cemetery. Of course I said 'yes' and sent the files to her. I won't really believe it though until I actually see them in place. I am not sure when that will be, but she promised to let me know. TGIF everyone.

Piggly Wiggly

Piggly Wiggly has been bringing home the bacon for American families since 1916.

Fountain Near Heritage Square

Columbus is called the Fountain City with numerous fountains in the Uptown area. This one is near Heritage Square. New photos are far and few between these so I pulled this one from the archives.

Winter Roses

Pretty red roses for a gloomy winter day. I am car-pooling this week and I captured these roses while I waited for my ride.

Hmmm, so where is my ride?

Getting Ready to Party

My company is celebrating 30 years this year. In 1959 TSYS started as a division of Columbus Bank and Trust. In 1974, they started processing credit cards for other banks. In 1983, TSYS became a separate public-traded company. Today we have more than 6000 team members in locations around the world.

If you use a debit card or credit card, chances are we are processing your card transactions.

Flat Tire Ale



At Chef Lee's Peking in Columbus. The water circulates over and down the glass panels on each side of the 'glass' bridge. You see the numerous koi that live at the restaurant. They also have a koi pond outside. I believe you can buy food and feed the fish while you wait for a table. They get very busy during the lunch hour, but they are expert at moving the diners in and out quickly.

The Girl with the Pink Hair

We have one indoor mall in our community, Peachtree Mall. I shop there occasionally, but tend to stick to a couple at stores at either end, Macy's and JCP. On this occasion I popped into the food court to grab some lunch and spotted this girl with pink hair. If I was younger, I might try it on for size; but my days of trying to cover up the silver are over.

Getting Their Feet Wet

It is a bit gloomy here today so I thought to pull another shot from the archives of a much nicer day in the valley. I imagine that this spring we will see many more toe danglers.

Three Red Cars

Because i only recently returned from Minnesota, I had to pull this one from the archives. I thought it interesting that the only cars on this floor of the parking garage were all red with unique body styles.

The Morning After

Happy New Year everyone.