Sinbad and I are heading out for the desert for a little get-away so the blog will be inactive while we're gone - no internet out there. Sinbad continues to be doing fine yet I don't want to venture too far away from home so no more long cross-country trips are in our future travel plans. We'll just stick close to home and enjoy the desert lands of the southwest. Plus he's just happy as can be to roll around in the desert dirt anyway.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Just by chance I happened upon this mural on the side of a video store in my town.
Yes, I wrote Video Store. Amazingly they are still doing business.
I knew Sonoma County is a popular location for the film industry. I think Alfred Hitchkock's The Birds is the most well known fact being filmed at Bodega Bay. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (one of my favorite movies) used the Sonoma County airport for a few scenes. I did not know that. Most of these other movies I've not seen.
As for the town of Santa Rosa itself...there's a bunch more movies I've not seen.
I guess I'm not that much of a movie goer.
For more murals check out Oakland Daily Photo's Monday Mural
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Nowata, Oklahoma - 2012
At the entry to his place.
Inside the little house of bowling balls you saw the other day.
Some of these balls and pins were quite collectible he told me.
The local newspaper did an article on Chris.
He was the nicest guy.
So you may be wondering how this guy got going on bowling balls. He told me he worked in the oil industry then the last ten years at a printing business in town. The rural property he lived on belonged to his parents and when they died he decided to move there for his retirement years. He and his wife bought a large mobile home and had it installed on the land. His wife had 14 bowling balls that she fixed up and put among her roses for decoration. When she died he figured there was no need to continue to make payments on such a large mobile home for one person so he had it removed then converted the storage shed on the property into his home.
He felt he should do something with the 14 bowling balls of his wife's and thought about making a fence with them. He figured if he collected some more balls it would take 2 or 3 years to build the fence he had in mind. In May of 2006 he started collecting bowling balls from thrift shops and the like and it soon evolved into art objects. He estimates he has well over 2000 balls most of which are from donations. He knows pretty much where every ball came from.
To the right of the house you can see the rusty steel door for the storm cellar. The cellar leaks and water collects inside which he'd have to pump out onto the grass. He later realized the waste of water that was so now has collecting tanks in the cellar. He pumps the water up to cans, pots, bathtubs, sinks and toilets that set on top of the storm cellar all containing his vegetable garden.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Oklahoma - 2012
Here is some more bowling ball creations where yesterday's flag was displayed.
It is hard to picture this not being a standard size croquet set.
You wouldn't want to decorate this Christmas tree and have one of the ornaments fall on your foot.
Yes, that is the entire alphabet made with bowling balls.
More bowling balls tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Alliance, Nebraska - 2012
Some may think of Cadillac Ranch in Texas when viewing this same-size reproduction of Stonehenge in England done with automobiles. There is no comparison - this is way better.
In fact, don't waste your time in going out of your way to see Cadillac Ranch.
Its not worth the effort.
Yep, this is one of my favorite finds along America's highways and backroads.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Another one of my favorite trailer finds, this one was in Arizona. Things I noticed: The addition of a raised roof with corrugated tin roofing. The original probably leaked so bad they just built an entire new roof on top. The back door has been removed and made solid. The front door looks to be from a regular stick house, definitely not original trailer design. Neat old bed head and foot ends leaning up against the side by the front door. Very simple bed frame design. The deer which is the type used by bow hunters for target practice. I'm sure they never used him while leaning against the trailer. They didn't need anymore holes in their home. A string of Christmas lights are draped over the deer. Train tracks in your backyard so I bet sleep was frequently interrupted as the Sante Fe Super Chief roared by in the middle of the night. I'd have to pass on this place as somewhere I could live.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In all the miles we have traveled back and forth across America I can probably count on one hand, maybe two, the number of drive-in theaters I've seen along the roads. This is not taking into account if they are still operating or not. This one in South Dakota was still in operation, but only during like May through September I think it was. I can't recall as this was 3 years ago. But got me to thinking while putting together this post - just how many are there left out there? Well a quick internet search I found as of June 2014 there were 338. One year earlier, June of 2013 there were 357.
So we lost 19 in one year.
But wait! Another source reveals that in July 2014 there were 348. So they built ten in one month! They are coming back...NOT. Yet Wikipedia does mention a resurgence in what are called guerrilla drive-ins. You'll have to look it up.
Nevertheless I am grateful for having lived in a time when drive-in movie theaters were in abundance and we went to them all the time. I suspect many of you have memories of drive-ins. I feel sad for the later generations who will never know how it was to watch a movie from inside your automobile with a speaker hanging inside from the window. Remember having to start the car to run the heater so to get warm? And then there was the run to the snack-bar in between movies and wandering around with your arms full of popcorn, sodas, boxes of candy and trying to locate your car?