Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1. Put corkscrew into cork.
2. Pull gently.
3. Watch nothing move.
4. Curse creatively at whoever invented plastic corks.
5. Pull harder.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
7. Get a pipe wrench and pull top of cork.
8. Hooray! Movement!
9. Rats. It stopped.
10. Repeat step 4.
11. Get a pair of pliers and a hack saw just in case.
12. Pull cork with pliers.
13. Hooray! The cork came out!
14. Repeat step 4 for good measure.
15. Take a photo - it makes such a charming still life tableau.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
After the saloon was shut down, rumor has it that some enterprising entrepreneur established a brothel on the second floor, but no one has been able to prove this yet. Still, it makes a good story.
The building was bought in the 1970s by Kristopher Kendrick, a local businessman who saw the potential for historic preservation at a time when the status quo was "tear it down."
Today it's a restaurant with a music venue upstairs.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Oh, and the moon is just a little lagniappe for y'all.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Unfortunately, it looks like the cause of world peace has taken a beating over the decades.
This macro shot of the stylized Art Deco eagles on the doors of the downtown post office is my offering to all the veterans out there.
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is another experiment with perspective. Look at the design the lines create! Look at those tiny, tiny people going through the eye of the needle! Also, I decided to leave the photo as is with a bit of a tilt so it looks like the bridge is listing to port. Uh-oh.
Friends, I am dealing with some big events in my life right now, so I'll be on autopilot and timed posts until things settle down. I miss visiting your blogs and commenting on all your creative photos, but I'll at least scan the portal to see what's going on in CDP-land!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Heh, photo shoot - makes me sound like a photographer.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
But really, truly, this dance group that meets at Swizzles lounge at the Holiday Inn in West Knoxville probably doesn't think it's funny.
This dance is similar to west coast swing dancing (no, no, no, the dancers are not swingers). I first encountered it when I moved to South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is the centerpoint for dancing, and "beach music" calls the tune.
So the next time you're singing "Under the Boardwalk", think of this dance. I will, but I'll be stifling my giggles.
Also, that thing that looks like a truck tire suspended from the ceiling is a heavy duty fan that's supposed to suck up cigarette smoke. It's an anachronism now that smoking is banned in the lounge.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I also like the new and old rubbing architectural shoulders.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Books and reading have always been a huge part of my life. Whenever I moved to a new community, one of the first things I did was to seek out books about the area, fiction and non-fiction. Knoxville is a veritable goldmine when it comes to literature, so today I'm sharing my personal library of Knoxville-related books with you.
There are, of course, the coffee table picture books about the city - I love how they become history books as the city changes, and these books capture a moment in time.
Then there are the collections of older historical photographs, such as local historian Jack Neely's The Marble City. I use that as my guide to the interesting cemeteries in the area. Jack has also collected his weekly column of essays on some of the more obscure stories of Knoxville's history in Knoxville's Secret History. Volume I is out of print right now, but go get a copy of Volume II, it's good stuff. Disclaimer: Jack did not pay me to say that.
Knoxville is also a rich setting for fiction - local boy James Agee's autobiographical A Death In the Family recounts his life in the Fort Sanders neighborhood near the University of Tennessee, and the impact of his father's tragic death on the life of his family. Local author Jack Mauro weighs in with some quirky stories of the eccentric goings-on along Gay Street. Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy's early novels are set in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Suttree is a hard read about a man adrift on the seedy side of Knoxville in the 1950s, but he tells the story with dignity and grace.
And finally, there's my autographed copy of Death's Acre, Dr. Bill Bass's history of the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center Outdoor Research Facility. You might know it better as the Body Farm.
So there's Knoxville between the covers of some very good books. Now go forth, if you haven't already, and find some good books about your own communities.