Tuesday, July 01, 2008

My Day In Pictures

I thought it might be fun to give you a bit of photographic evidence of my typical day. Since I had to go to one of my favorite towns no less than THREE times in the past week, here you go!

Yes, I took this picture while I was driving. No, you probably shouldn't do that. Yes, I could probably get a ticket for it.

First of all, this is what it looks like where I live. The picture may not convey adequately the Misty Mountain-yness of it, but trust me. Its misty. And mountainy. And pretty when it isn't all gray and muggy and gross. This highway has one of those gorges where you could slam on the gas, bust through the guardrail, and do a Thelma and Louise into a public waterway. Cool!

Why do I love thee, O Ithaca? Because 15 minutes from this:

You have this:

Whatever our differences, our common denominator is art.

My favorite place to get bulk mixed nuts and other crunchy granola happy things. Also the place you are most likely to see white folks with dreadlocks. (White folks: stop it.) What you don't see is the cluster of employees hunkered down smoking to the left of the bicycles. Still! Happy happy crunchy place and the best bathroom graffiti in town. I took this picture from the third level of a parking garage, which gives you some idea how high they are. But at least they have Peter Pan harnesses and safety lines on. They spent all day stapling the orange stuff on top of the yellow stuff. Which made me think, I could totally do that job. I wouldn't WANT to, but I COULD.

Home again, home again, giggety giggety. And look! Route 17 is under construction! What a surprise!!!!

Yeah, stuff is missing, like the cool guy from Sydney I met, and our drive out to his storage unit up a section of 13 that has no lines, only cones which are so confusing I just sort of made my own lane while he laughed. Or the Autumn Leaves bookstore, where a kind young gentleman with ice blue eyes made me a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich. Or the sign I couldn't get a picture of, outside Stevensville, NY, of a peace sign, and an arrow, nailed to a pole. What are they saying, exactly? I may never know. Perhaps that is where the gentleman in the white Subaru who tailgated me all the way from the Spencer cutoff should go. Nope, I didn't slow down so you could pass when you tried. You tried in a stupid place. A quarter mile from the highway onramp. Please. And I was disappointed what with your angry gesturing and yelling when, as you did pass two minutes later, I saw all your rainbow and equality stickers. Peace, brother. Its in Stevensville. Follow the sign.


Andi said...

What a lovely testament to your town . . . and thanks for visiting my blog. I got a C in Dr. Brensinger's class myself - so I know what you mean about disappointing him. Nice to meet other MC grads.

Alice said...

I LOVE the Redneck Ridge Rock. I'm wondering how my HOA would feel if I duplicated that on my front lawn. Do you think it would fly?

Shieldmaiden96 said...

What I love is how shiny it is. I am convinced they carefully repaint it every year.

I've always thought it'd be enhanced by the careful placement of some lawn ornaments. Like a silhouetted cowboy, for instance.

Our old HOA once sent us a letter because there was a wheelbarrow in the driveway for half an hour one Saturday (my mom was planting FLOWERS, for pete's sake) so if yours is anything like ours....I think they'd be at your door with torches and pitchforks.

Jonny's Mommy said...

I love this. Hilarious!

The Redneck Ridge is just perfect. Are you sure it wasn't over here? Next to the "African American" jockey in one of our supervisor's front lawns.

Just checkin'

Shieldmaiden96 said...

Nope....Rt 13, right by Swartwood Rd.

JD at I Do Things said...

I envy your mountains, misty or not. Here in Illinois it's flatness as far as the eye can see.

Nice pix, thanks for sharing!

JD at I Do Things

Jocelyn said...

Baha! "White people: stop it." That was the first laugh...but then you kept 'em coming. I love it, too, when peaceniks get road rage.

Beware: Social Worker on the edge said...

an enchanting tour, many thanks for sharing.

Ps. I could seriously go for a little trail mix.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Actually, your mountains do look misty. And I probably shouldn't be taking pictures while driving either. I guess I'll race you to the ticket violations bureau with that one.