Monday, February 13, 2012

Snowbirds

This Hummer stopped in the intersection while I was filling the car with dead dinosaurs. And stayed stopped for ages, long enough that the white car pulled up behind. Long enough that I had time to reach in the car, turn the camera on and snap a couple of pictures and only a minute later did he pull out. I have no idea what possessed this guy with a Michigan tag to park in an intersection turning onto Highway One, when there was tons of space nearby off the roadway.


A few minutes later trundling through Summerland Key a New York tagged red car stopped suddenly in the traffic lane, forcing everyone to slam on their brakes. Then they took their sweet time moving into the turn lane and seemed surprised by an aggressively honking local van with a tag that read "DA BRONX" and was thus presumably trained on horn use earlier in life.

People driving Highway One in winter with out of state tags need to drive properly because otherwise it is too easy to dredge up those negative stereotypes about visitors. And I got two opportunities in five minutes on Sunday. Bloody snowbirds!


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Grinnell And Environs

I captured several essays- worth of pictures with remarkable light this past week. Everything had a golden glow and I enjoyed walking around in it feeling illuminated.


Then I found this mass produced sign and everything started to fall apart. Trespassing isn't that hard to spell is it? Especially if you are planning on printing up millions of signs with that very word embossed on them.


There has been some lively debate in the paper after a letter writer in the Citizen pointed out a few grammatical improvements we could all employ. Now I worry that I have standards to attain.


On the other hand there were a bunch of responses in the Citizen that showed the notion of correct grammar and syntax really does get some people's backs up. Public spelling is hardly an issue you'd think.


Bonnie Albury the former teacher might have had something to say about that but she died four years ago shortly after I started this blog. Her former home is still being worked on, slowly slowly restored.


As I was sitting there enjoying the light and the sound of my dog panting a family rolled by.


All present and correct Key West style, dog, roller skates and bicycle. The family SUV redefined.



- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad