April 30, 2006


So this slightly surrealist snapshot will be the last photo from the Virginia trip. I may go back and find some more unusual ones.
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Twisted Tree

Seen at the same rest stop as the previous pic.
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Broken Tree

Behind a rest stop along I-64. The people inside explained to me that two years ago on Memorial Day weekend, they had an F-1 tornado at the rest stop and they lost 100's of trees.
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Louisville's Ali

Caught this out the back window. Up the left side of the image is the title of this post.
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Reflected Jeans

This is the other side of the Combat Vets monument below.
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They were in a late model car. I thought Amish had to ride in horse carriages. He had on slick looking sunglasses too.
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Our odometer hit a cool spot.
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Rest Stop on I-79

My wife Lucy.
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Moss on the ground. Up close.
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April 29, 2006

Wounded Combat Vets

A monument on the West Virginia section of I-68.
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Rest Area Scenery

Gotta love that 10x zoom sometimes.
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Along I-68...

...I think. Either I-70 or 68. Maryland church spires and some fog.
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Hannah & Sadie

We can't forget Bill & Pam's Golden Retrievers. They are friendly, and hairy, and they slobber some.
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Bill, Pam & Us

We visited Lucy's brother and his wife in Falling Water, WV. They are right on the border with Maryland.
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Dinosaur Feet

The camera was extended through the sun roof of our Vue. Had to guess on the angle. And got an abstract.
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Confederate Soldier

At least I think that's what is honored by this statue. I noticed that on this trip whenever I took pictures of people, I was tending to get them from the back.
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April 28, 2006

The Village Idiot

I think this was in Front Royal in northern Virginia, coming out of Shenandoah Park.
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Leaving Shenandoah

Leaving the Shenandoah National Park. We weren't in it very long. I wanted to do the Skyline Rd but my wife said it would take 4 hours.
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Flag on the Tailgate

Still on the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway, at about 65 mph
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April 27, 2006

Mustard Plant

Found on the side of the road in Virginia.
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Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway

Odd to see street signs out on the highway.
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Michie Tavern (the actual)

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Michie Tavern

If you've been to Monticello (Tom Jefferson's house) then you know that the Michie Tavern is at the foot of the hill. If you haven't been to Monticello, you'd have to be a Revolutionary War geek to know about the Michie. We went up Tom's place, but the wait for the tour was 1.5 hours. So, we checked out the tavern a little bit but we didn't buy the tour there either. It was raining and we wanted to get up the road. However, I have high hopes of going back one day.
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April 26, 2006

Behind the head

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I'll bet the tickets are $150

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Bluegrass Band

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Charlottesville actually. Sorry I didn't get a pic of Matt & Roberta, whom we visited there, to put up here. Their boys William and Thomas are pretty cool. We enjoyed the "Downtown Mall" scene. Just missed the Drive-By Truckers.
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April 25, 2006

The New River

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The Farm

This is a view from the other side of the fence, taken by my wife.
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The Farm

Back to the Virginia trip. The Farm lies over that rise. This is the farewell view.
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April 24, 2006

Hail in My Wife's Hand

These are different hailstones than those in the previous paragraph.

My lovely and panicky wife called me while I was picking up soy milk at the The Mercantile (our co-opish grocery store -- all organic, macrobiotic and the like). She informed that hail was coming down -- golfball size! I heard the ice rocks hitting the roof over at the Merc, but was quite skeptical about her reports of hail size. I carried my paper-not-plastic bag over to the front window and all I could see were many pea-size and some marble-size hail. All mixed with a very liberal amount of rain. Lucy exhorted me to stay there until the storm subsided, and since I was wearing sandals, and the water was laking in front of the store, I agreed. I was still skeptical about the size of the hail, but when I went out under the awning next to the Merc, I could see and hear the hail stones hitting the water like rocks thrown into a fishpond. They plunked and splashed -- like a golfball would. However, as evidenced by the photographs, they were some bigger than a golfball. Lucy came up with a new designation I had not before heard associated with hail: plum-size.
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April 23, 2006

Major Hail Stones

I believe those are bigger than golfball size.
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We got home tonight. If you're not aware we have been to Roanoke, VA and many points in between over the last 8-9 days. We got home just in time for golf-ball-size hail in our yard this evening. Pictures of same forthcoming. I'll put those up before I finish the trip photos, I only got into Wednesday; there are four more days. This is ChiliBoy as seen at the farm. He is such a primma donna. A lot of fun though. I think I'm jealous of all the doting he receives.
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The facade of this 200-year-old house is falling off, but these joists are ready for another 200 years. This is the detail from the previous photo.
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The Farmhouse

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Lucy & Velma

I like this picture of my wife Lucy and my Mother-in-law Velma.
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April 21, 2006

Indian Creek

Another view of the creek described in the previous photograph.
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Indian Creek

This creek runs down below where the house and the tree are in the previous pictures. This trip my wife made me record a video, with sound, of that creek. A soothing sound it is. I had no idea I could get as good a video as I did with the digicam. I'm not sure I can post those here but I am looking into it
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The Farmhouse & The Tree

This angle shows the farmhouse with the tree. This particular impression also shows picnickers.
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The Farmhouse

This would be the farm house, which was built over 200 years ago. Uninhabited for a generation, but still the history just oozes out of the wood.
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The Trunk

My wife stands next to the trunk of the tree in the previous picture.
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The Tree @ The Farm

My wife's ancestral farm in Monroe County, West Virginia, is a magical place. This tree is a featured attraction. See the next pic and you'll get a perspective on how big this maple is.
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April 19, 2006

Co-op Mural

This hangs on the outside wall of the Roanoke Food Co-op.
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Red Flowers with Dew Drops

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Mojo Cafe

Nice little coffeehouse in Roanoke with wifi, up on Brambleton.
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Up a Hill

My Mom-in-law and my wife ascend a hill in Mom's neighborhood.
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April 18, 2006


Downtown Roanoke, VA. Roanoke is a pretty town, and it does feature free public wifi in the downtown area.
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Lunch Counter

I took several shots of this place, but no pic of a lunch counter like this is worth a damn if it doesn't include the guy behind the counter wearing a t-shirt and a paper hat. Harken back to Edward Hopper's painting, Nighthawks. Take away the bus boy with the paper hat and cigarette in his mouth and the painting loses all its character.
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April 17, 2006

Shanklin Crew

Part of my wife's family.
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Easter Dinner

Here's the partial spread at my mother-in-law Velma's house for Easter. Twas an excellent meal.
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This dogwood blossom is in my mother-in-law's backyard. Beautiful flowers for Easter Sunday.
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April 16, 2006


This is a tunnel under a mountain going into Virginia from West Virginia.
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This is a pretty cool place where you can see all kinds of West Virginia arts and crafts; and get a pretty darn good gourmet meal.
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Statue at Tamarack

Apparently there was a problem with his underarm deodorant.
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Old Caboose

That's I-64 in the background.
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Sometimes you take a picture -- a long distance shot like this -- and then later when you look at blown up on the computer, you see a stunning detail that escaped your perception when you snapped the shutter. In this case there are two new foals on the ground on the Kentucky thoroughbred farm. I had to crop this pretty close hence the fuzziness. The corral was right behind a rest stop on I-64 somewhere around Louisville.
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This was the view outside our motel room Saturday morning.
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April 15, 2006

On The Road...

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April 13, 2006


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Jetlagged Jayhawk

This is one of my favorite Jayhawk images from around town.
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April 12, 2006

Off Magazine Street

This is one of my favorite pages from the book in the previous picture: Off Magazine Street, by Ronald Everett Capps. (look at a larger size if you want to read it.)
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Off Magazine Street

I found this novel at the library, because it's the basis/inspiration for a movie that we found at the video store a couple of weeks ago. My wife isn't a filmfreak like I am and she shops the shallow shelves without the jaundiced eye and prejudice that I have. The movie she discovered is called Love Song for Bobby Long, and features Scarlett Johannson whom I love, and, unfortunately, John Travolta. But, this is about the book. Ronald Capps wrote it -- his one and only novel so far. The book didn't come out until after the movie did, so one assumes that the publishing house was hoping John and Scarlett might get it some attention. Anyway, it's not bad -- much better than I expected. Although this is one of the rare instances where the movie is actually better than the book. I didn't think that was allowed but it happened here. (Evidence of my assertion is that I can't seem to help digressing back into the movie. The flick must've made a bigger impact.) She who directed and wrote the screenplay did a better job with the premise than Capps did. I'm sorry but her name escapes me and I'm too lazy to look it up. Remember, this is about the book. The story takes place in New Orleans; one has to have a little sentimental attraction to The Big Easy after the big storm. Two older guys, Bobby and Byron, take in a teenage cutie after her Mom dies, and inspire her to educational goals, all the while lusting after her young body and consuming daily fifths of vodka. The backstories on the characters are what makes things interesting -- that and the old boys' methods of getting young Hanna to stay in New Orleans, go to school, learn, and become a fuller human being.
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April 11, 2006

White Blossoms

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My wife's jonquil's are coming up nicely.
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April 10, 2006

Apricot Jam

The band is long since disbanded. They banded something like 15 years ago and stayed together long enough to play at our wedding. This is image is taken from an ancient t-shirt that I still amazingly have.
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April 09, 2006

Lawrence Dept of Utilities

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Dancer on Glass

This is actually a reflection, and is cropped from the same photo as "Dazzlers" below.
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April 08, 2006


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If you look closely you can figure it out.
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April 07, 2006

WiFi Pizza

A local restaurant.
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April 06, 2006

Free Smells

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April 05, 2006

Ad Astra Suds

Ad Astra Ale, purchased at Vermont Street Barbecue.
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April 04, 2006

A Moonbox

I'm not sure if it's a mailbox or a birdhouse. Or neither.
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Pee Limit 2

Yet more mildly entertaining vandalism.
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April 03, 2006


Gotta dig for that coin...do you know...this meter is outside the Lawrence post office on Vermont. The most time you can buy off the P.O. bandits is 30 minutes -- and if you put in a nickel and a dime you get just as long a lease as if you put in a quarter. The best part about Lawrence parking meters though, believe it or not, is if you get busted. The fine is a whopping $2, and you can leave it in a little box hanging on the meter.
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April 02, 2006

Doc Hawk

Found this when we were walking through the hospital the other day.
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April 01, 2006

Lion's Head

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You Know Who

Kansas City Royals fans will recognize George Brett in this stencil. We know the significance of 1985 too. I've seen this several places around lawrence. Usually The Duke isn't too far away.
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The Duke?

I think this is a representation of John Wayne. Seen stenciled in various locations around Lawrence.
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KU Neighborhood @ Sunset

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