You never know what you’ll come across out on the road. I was just reminded of this a couple of weeks ago while returning from a job in Eastern Washington. While driving back to Portland, I was passing through the almost non-existant town of Tyler and I happened to catch a glimpse of a trailer parked off the highway. What REALLY grabbed my eye were the giant words painted on the side of the trailer, “WWW.MAN-CAVE-SHOPPE.COM.” All I know is that when I see something like this, simply passing by is not an option.
I really had no idea what I might be getting myself into as I pulled up the icy road. Really, what was in here? As I walked up to take a picture, I began to wonder if this was a good idea. . .turns out it was! The owner, Dave came up to introduce himself and asked if I would like to take a look around. Of course I would (although, I still had no idea what was in the “Man Cave.” It turns out Dave is a collector and seller of antique Americana. Everything from old porcelain signs, old fans, to old oil cans. It was great! I have a fascination with the world we are leaving behind and talking with Dave about the items he has collected and hearing the stories and history behind them made for a interesting afternoon. It reminded me to always be looking for what is just off the road–you never know what you will find or who you will meet.
I have a love/hate relationship with Last Thursday on Alberta–sometimes it is a lot of fun, others it is just crowded and annoying. However, I had a great time last month after scoring a ticket to the Swing Time Vaudeville show (thanks to Karoline Lux!!). With a mixture of vaudeville, burlesque, and music, there was something for everybody. Thanks to the Underscore Orkestra, Karolina Lux, Danielle Elizabeth, Russell Bruner, and all of the other performers for a fun evening!
Some of my favorite images are matters of happenstance. They are not necessarily perfectly framed, not always perfectly in focus, etc., but they capture something special. While working in the yard a few months ago, one of my chickens, Rhoda, kept following me around to “supervise” my progress. I couldn’t help but snap a picture with my iPhone. Something about this image just makes me laugh every time I look at it. Chickens are funny and inquisitive little critters which I think is conveyed in this image of one of my favorite girls.
Oh, by the way, thanks for the eggs ladies!
Rhoda the chicken.
I love seeing musicians play live. To me, no cd, mp3, etc. can compare to seeing a band in person. This is especially true at small venues where you can interact with the musicians. Last week I had a chance to catch up with friends Kathryn Clair and Hanz Araki when they played the Secret Society Ballroom. Not only are they wonderful musicians, they are truly great people. Here are a few images from a great evening.
Last Friday I had to run a few errands downtown, so I took my camera along with me. With 90 minutes on the meter (the most this particular spot would allow) and two place I had to hit, I had time to snap a few photos of things that caught my eye.
Keeping his eye on the game!