With sunglasses on, these vendors working at the Buffalo Wild Wings booth at Martinsville Speedway last weekend are definitely “stylin”, meaning they are looking good. If you’ve never been to a Buffalo Wild Wings casual sports bar and restaurant then you are missing not only good food, but some great sports programming, especially good during college football season. Their “wings” are super, as are their ribs, and the beer…lots on tap or in a bottle…ice cold and tasty. It’s been over a year since I’ve been and I’ve missed it. Around here the place is known as “B-Dubs.” You can figure that out for yourself…but a hint…a “B” and two “W’s.” Anyway, maybe this photo I made and my words above will make you hungry. Cheers!
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There is one thing in this image of an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger I made recently that is very uncommon today. Do you see it? Yes, the pipe. I remember when I entered the Army in 1963 (yes, Army Corps of Engineers) and I’d say just about 100% of us smoked, not chewed, tobacco of some sort. Most used cigarettes, but there were many who chose a cigar or pipe. I smoked cigarettes but experimented from time to time with a pipe. I recall one such time when I overdid it with the pipe, by smoking bowl after bowl of tobacco because I never could keep the darn thing to stay lit. As a result, I burned the tip of my tongue…so much so that I never put a pipe near my mouth again. I did the same thing with cigarettes in the mid-1970s. Regardless of the clearly obvious health hazards of tobacco use, there is something nostalgic about seeing someone smoking a pipe. It looks so relaxing, and like this park ranger taking a break from his work activities, seems to convey being a peace with himself and the world.
As an aside, I made this image at Martinsville Speedway during race weekend April 5th. The park ranger was there along with others who had set up a display promoting usage of the local Corps of Engineers recreational facility at Philpott Lake Dam and Reservoir near Bassett, Virginia. Wonderful place to visit.
After I made these two photos it came to me that they are really opposites. First, these images were made looking through the front window of an antique store, and they are clearly ceramic figures. The main difference is that the first one, the clown, may cause people to say “Yikes, what a scary face!” while the second one, the cowboy, most likely will be met with a much happier and warmer reception. Clowns frighten many people, while cowboys always seem friendly and manly. So, that’s my story…opposites. Short as it is.
The people who take care of empty carts at shopping areas always seem to me to be attentive and patient, given the fact that so many careless shoppers just leave their empty carts anywhere they please after they unload regardless of the fact that storage racks are nearby. This man at WalMart was one such attentive and patient person. He was not aware of the fact I snapped his photo, but had he been I bet he would have given me a big smile. These folks are not paid enough for what they do! As an aside from a photographic processing standpoint, I decided to make it B&W because I felt the image was distracting with all the varied colors on nearby parked cars, and the bright colored vest he was wearing. My subject stands out better this way.
When I can, I like to wander around on a Saturday afternoon in downtown locations such as in Winston-Salem, NC. Lots of people “are out and about”, largely relaxing and having fun. Some of that involves listening to music as the young person at the left of the first photo is doing, and some of that involves enjoying good food and drink as those in the second image are doing. When was the last time you went downtown on a Saturday afternoon?
It’s at this time of year when we begin what I’ll call “festival time” in the U.S. as communities all over celebrate just about whatever it is they want to celebrate…you name it. Some are small with attendees in the hundreds while others are large with many thousand coming from near and far to enjoy fellowship with others, homemade local foods, kid rides and games, arts and crafts, and usually some sort of music. Where we live in SW Virginia, the latter is of a “bluegrass” variety and this photo shows one such singer who was headlined at the Town of Fieldale Virginia’s 2012 Heritage Festival I attended a week ago. Around 2000 attended on Saturday alone and for here that was a pretty good crowd.