Dre\’s Ramblings

Neon in Birmingham: I’m bringing neon back, (yeah)

Pardon the cheese, it was on a bet from a few months back. I figured the safest way to begin a renaissance at the Ramblings (at least this version) is by restarting the Neon in Birmingham series. For those new to the game, we take images of all of the neon signs located in Birmingham, AL proper. Why? Just because…

SAS neon sign

This is one of the newer signs here in town. It belongs to the new offices for Sims Architectural Studio. The office was formerly located on 20th Street in the city center. Now they’re enjoying digs in what’s becoming another design district for the city along 2nd Avenue South.

The official homepage for the series has moved to the (soon to be) new home for Dre’s Ramblings. You can always check out the Flickr set for the series and visit the Magic City Flickr Group’s set for more images.



Random Shots: Playing with your food
January 31, 2007, 2:43 pm
Filed under: children, DC, Food, people, Photographs, Random shots, Washington

Playing with food

Of course one of the fun things about traveling and seeing friends from college is the ability to watch the new people in their lives, especially if they’re in the “little people” category. This is Katrina; she’s almost 3 years old and she served as my “host” during my trip to Washington, DC for Main Street certification training. Here she is on my last full day in town showing me everything that one can do besides eat red onions. What’s not shown is the reassembling of the rings, her taking them back apart, and the use of tomato and lettuce to make a face.

One of the more enjoyable moments of the trip.

Enjoy the day.


Insert change here and receive your iPod from the dispenser…
January 31, 2007, 8:29 am
Filed under: airport, Atlanta, GA, iPod, Jackie Robinson, people, Photographs, Random shots

iPod Vending in Atlanta

There seems to be a lot of buzz going on about last night’s American Idol episode. Well, I admit that I didn’t watch the episode; I’m still attempting to recover from traveling and testing last week. We’ll get back to the world of blogging tomorrow, but first I figured I’d share a couple of images from my trip. This image is of an “iPod vending machine” at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport. Definitely a sign of the times.

More later.


P.S. Today would have been Jackie Robinson’s 88th birthday. Check out this entry about his life and accomplishments.

A downtown Birmingham gallery closes and the MOB returns

January is always a time of new beginnings and endings. Keeping that in mind, a couple of quick shots as we start what some would consider a short work week here at the Ramblings.

Gallery 2306 closed

Driving down 2nd Avenue North this weekend, I noticed that the Gallery 2306 storefront looked like many of its pieces were out of the window.

Gallery 2306 storefront Monday afternoon

A closer look revealed a “For Lease” sign. The owner of the business came to the door and told me that in fact they were closed for business. He said that sales during the holiday season were not quite what they expected and that they were closing before it got any worse. I hope that they eventually update the website to inform others of their decision.

Those that still have artwork at the gallery should call 908.8528. The same number is also suggested if you have any additional questions about the closing.

The MOB met last night…

MOB meaning Media of Birmingham that is, at Surin West in Five Points South. The group, founded in 2003 by Christina Tutor, Vivi Abrams, Kyle Whitmire and Wade Kwon, “serves as a networking and social club for media and advertising professionals in Birmingham, Alabama”.

The scene at Surin West during the MOB social for January

For the record, I was listed as being a freelancer on my name badge at last night’s meeting. I would say that’s a fair assessment of my situation right now. I’d guess that 14-16 people came out for this month’s meeting, my first. I’m also sure that Wade will correct my numbers at some point this morning. Those wanting additional information about the group, visit their about us page by clicking here.

A recap of the weekend including vandals and wondering

For those that decided to take it easy and not read (and quite frankly, I couldn’t blame you, it was beautiful out there), here are links to this weekend’s posts:

Vandals are starting to mess with Vulcan… what gives?
Remembering Dr. King and the future of the dream in 2007
Live (on tape) from the 2007 State of the Region for Birmingham, AL

As always, share comments if you’ve got ’em.

Enjoy the day (or at least stay warm).