A few photographs while I was eating lunch

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Having lunch in Margaret’s office with our friend Erin today. We’re on strike against the high cost of eating in the college cafeteria. That’ll last about a week, and then we’ll decide we’re tired of peanut butter sandwiches and go back to the lunch line with everyone else. Besides, the carrot cake in the cafeteria is great!

After lunch, I got interested in the artificial . . . well, um, we don’t know what kind of plant this thing is supposed to be imitating. Margaret’s office is across the hall from the Math Center, and everyone calls it the “math plant,” because it’s plastic and  has square roots. Whatever.

I’ve blogged here a zillion times about the pleasures of having a camera small enough so that I can carry it everywhere in my pocket. That certainly was true today, with the lunch hour squeezed between two meetings. Nice to be able to work almost anywhere!

A whoopie pie to celebrate my blog’s birthday

May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

I started my first blog on May 5, 2010. Many thanks to everyone who has come by to take a look. I appreciate your interest and hope you found something you liked. Whether I took the picture 35 years ago or 35 minutes ago, I love this amazing technology that allows the images to easily find a world-wide audience. There have been 5,180 visits to this site over the past 12 months, which makes me very happy. I considered photographing a birthday cake to celebrate the occasion, but when I saw this genuine Down East Maine whoopie pie, I knew it was just the thing. I look forward to another year of blogging, and hope you will come back often.

Abandoned factory, abandoned restaurant, visual feast

May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was dashing back and forth across Hartford on errands today when I saw in the distance the hulk of an old warehouse. I don’t know what its original use was, but in more recent years it was briefly repurposed to be a restaurant called the Spaghetti Warehouse. According to Wikipedia, Spaghetti Warehouse is a chain and it’s still in operation in several cities. Many of its sites are former factories or warehouses. It began in Dallas in 1997 and is now owned by a Korean conglomerate. According to Wikipedia, “On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008, the Pittsburgh Spaghetti Warehouse built the World’s Largest Lasagna weighing 8,800 pounds and serving 9,600 people.” Wikipedia has a long list of cities where restaurants have closed, including Buffalo, New York; Glen Allen, Virginia; Willowbrook, Texas; and Hartford. While it’s no longer serving up lasagna, the crumbling remains of the building are a visual feast, and I hope to go back on a day when I have more time.

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