Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday Night Photo Post: Rice U.

Rice Rooftops HDR, originally uploaded by J-a-x.

And Away We Go: One the Road

Like most trips, we were held up as scantily-clad women demanded to join us in our travels.  As any blogger knows, groupies can be a nusiance.  My wife shooed them away and we are now on our way.

Tales of the road to follow.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Best Photographs from the Federal Government: Eat and Sleep in a Wig Wam

Just in time for summer roadtrip season, the Library of Congress posted this lovely picture of a still-standing roadside attraction on their Flickr page.

village10, originally uploaded by Zapgun.

From the Wigwam Village No. 2 motel's website...

"... Wigwam Village Inn #2 was completed in 1937 in Cave City, and five more were built over time in Alabama, Florida, New Orleans, California, and Arizona. From the beginning, the Wigwam Villages were gathering places with an atmosphere of old-time neighborliness. The community area at the center of the circle of wigwams seemed to invite people to come and talk. Nowadays, our playground at the center of the teepees invites young folks to play and our new 16'x16' "Misting Deck" is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day - regardless of your age!...

...Of the seven original Wigwam Villages, only three remain: #2 in Cave City, Kentucky, #6 in Holbrook, Arizona. and #7 in Riallto, California..."

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Wigwam Village No. 2, Cave City, Kentucky
601 North Dixie Hwy
Cave City, Kentucky 42127
Google Map

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7 more Best Photographs from the Federal Government blog posts.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

So, What's In Florence, Italy?

Because that's where we'll be spending a week this coming winter. I tend to like places where the creative impulses of the eccentric are encouraged. So is there anything weird or will I have to settle for stunning works of art and gorgeous, historic architecture?

My hit-or-miss research on the subject:
So far, not gleaning a whole lot from the above sites. Personal musings aside, I can't find much about the actual city. I hoping to fire off some emails asking the folks mentioned about their fair city.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Art Car Parade 2009 Pictures: Loads of Pix

Houston gets my love in large part due to the annual Art Car Parade. Photo websites Flickr, Photobucket and Picassa all get flooded with great pictures of the event. My shots weren't great, but lots of locals took some great ones. Below are some of my favorites. B.S. Houston Art Blog posted some great panoramic shots of the parade by local photographer Chuy Benitez.

Lastly, I got to say I agree with NeoHouston,"...the show was great, but if they were going to change one thing, I’d have the parade somewhere between late March and mid April — or have it earlier / later in the day if it’s going to be held in May..." The heat drained me of my enthusiasm for the parade. Make it just a bit earier in the year and I think loads of people would be thankful.

Now, on with the show.

Art Car Parade 2009, originally uploaded by Tony A1.

Art Car - Bunnies (#12), originally uploaded by d-r-p.

Houston Art Car, originally uploaded by terribletype.

2009 Art Car Parade , originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

2009 Art Car Parade, originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

2009 Houston Art Cars, originally uploaded by eschipul.

2009 Art Car Parade, originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

2009 Art Car Parade, originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

2009 Art Car Parade, originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

Art Car Parade 2009, originally uploaded by Tony A1.

2009 Art Car Parade, originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

Houston Art Car Parade, originally uploaded by SMercury98.

, originally uploaded by arnthora.

2009 Art Car Parade, originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

DSC_0112, originally uploaded by House of Ocean.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday, May 04, 2009

Jet Skiing Buffalo Bayou: Good Idea OR Great Idea

Every once in a while, the idea of jet skiing Buffalo Bayou pops into my head. A video would be posted on YouTube, blogger fame would follow, and soon I would be rich. Since my wife admits to being a buzz murderer, this and many other flights of fancy will never be lived out. Thus leaving us no more destitute then before and just leaving me with a jet ski-shaped hole in my soul.

But a google search finds one couple that took that little trip. Back in '97, Karen and Will drove the waterway. That's all the info I could find. That and this picture. Nice.

Say what you want about the nastiness that is BB, I still think it a great idea.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Taking Aim at Dorothy Flood: Just Damn Gorgeous

This photo of Ziegfeld girl Dorothy Flood has been floating around the internet on various sites. I just think it's one of the most gorgeous things.  Normally, I wouldn't post a picture without more facts/credit/proof-of-ownership.  But it's too lovely to leave alone.

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