Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Magic City Flickr Group, Neon in B'ham, neon signs, Photographs
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…
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.
Filed under: children, DC, Food, people, Photographs, Random shots, Washington
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.
Filed under: airport, Atlanta, GA, iPod, Jackie Robinson, people, Photographs, Random shots
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.
P.S. Today would have been Jackie Robinson’s 88th birthday. Check out this entry about his life and accomplishments.
Filed under: AL, art, Birmingham, Birmingham AL restaurants, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham art galleries, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Gallery 2306, Media of Birmingham, MOB, Photographs, Random shots
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.
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”.
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:
As always, share comments if you’ve got ’em.
Enjoy the day (or at least stay warm).
Filed under: AL, Architecture, art, B'ham Wiki, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Cities, Civic Engagement, Magic City Flickr Group, Photographs, Random shots, State of the Region, urban issues, Vulcan, vulcan park, Works Progress Administration
UPDATE: Click on the images below to see exactly where the damage has occured on the signs.
Vulcan. I affectionately refer to him here as “The Big Guy atop Red Mountain.” It is hard to think of any modern event covered in Birmingham, Alabama without thinking of the money shot many refuse to leave without, that of the god of fire and forging as he overlooks Jones Valley. The scary thing is, recently there have been bad things going on at the base of the statue.
Considering the fact that I did not see this tagging going on during the holiday season, I can only assume that it’s occurred in past couple of weeks. These interpretive signs that describe the view from the park overlook are not the only victims of area vandals. Picnic tables that are located throughout Vulcan’s current home (he moved there in 1936 and it was recently restored, the project completed in 2004) have also been “tagged” by some that probably don’t care about the significance of the world’s largest cast iron statue.
A common theme at Friday’s state of the region luncheon was “as goes [insert name of city here], goes the region.” Perhaps as we prepare to hold our elected officials accountable for the image of our city, perhaps we need to hold each other accountable for the image as well. At what point does it become your problem? Hopefully sooner rather than later. Especially as The Big Guy gets renewed national interest and in so doing, so does Birmingham, Alabama and the rest of the region.
Let me know what you think?