In my lifetime, I have witnessed what was the science fiction and comic book fanboy fringe become the monster mainstream in the American entertainment industry, and it unsettles me to see it devour everything in its path with the relentlessness of Galactus. I’ve also seen football fandom go from being a fun part time diversion to a feverish industry, with people dedicating their entire lives, on season and off, to a team. I’ve seen writers go from being fairly diverse in their interests – Hemingway was a veteran, and Jack Kerouac a college football star – to epicene, NPR-whispering, Jonathan Franzen specialists in “the written word” who can’t open a can of beer. — Mark Judge, from Boycott “Star Wars: Episode VII” | Acculturated
The same photo converted to black and white with a splash of color. #cars #chevrolet #retro #Snapseed #colorsplash
A cool Chevrolet emblem long before they began embarrassing themselves with the Chevy Bolt.
I thought this was kind of cool. A shot of the Pell City Steak House from the front seat of my car last week. @pellcity @neonsigns @cool @retro
It’s true in greeting cards just like it’s true in real estate. Location, location, location.
The Fat Man’s BBQ sign, on the outskirts of Pell City, Alabama. #Snapseed #fatmansbbq #pellcity #signs
Whether Obamacare is good, bad, or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion. — Thomas Sowell
The thug usurpers of the bureaucracy want to send a message: In today’s America, everything is the gift of the government, and exists only at the government’s pleasure, whether it’s your health insurance, your religious liberty, or the monument to your fallen comrades. —
Around the Block: Montevallo
My latest Around The Block piece published in the August issue of Birmingham Magazine is on the small college town of Montevallo, Alabama. Although I started college at UAB I earned my degree in English from the University of Montevallo in 1995 and did a little graduate work there as well. I even met my wife there waaaaayyyyy back in 1997.
The university is a small liberal arts college smack in the middle of rural Shelby County. Not surprisingly, the town is a bit quirky, but really cool. The city is also going through a bit of a renaissance recently, as well, and I had a chance to write about some of the places and happening that are giving Montevallo a little zing these days. Take a minute to read it and, if you’re in the area, be sure to visit some of these spots.
I had a chance to shoot some photos and interview Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines a couple of days ago while in town to speak to a group of kids at the Northeast YMCA in Birmingham. He agreed to one last photo with goofy looking self at the end of the day. Heckuva nice guy.