Over and Over

If you follow my poetry blog you know I visit a site to write poetry once a week, spending the day.

For some time I’ve been going to Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA, to the Brendlinger Library. When I arrive, I usually send my husband a text to let him know I’m there, as I often do when I’m out driving around. Many times I just send a photo.

I realized not too long ago that I’ve gotten into the habit of parking the car and snapping a shot with my phone through the windshield at Montco. I also park in the same lot in about the same place and always facing the same way. I can do this since I get there at the beginning of the day and I have my choice.

I don’t know why it’s pretty much always the same location but we are creatures of habit, aren’t we? And as a practical matter I like to pull through the space, so that I don’t have to back out when I leave.

Anyway, here is the collection I have built up of a very ordinary scene as it passes through time. Sometimes I’m closer to the campus (the photos with trees to the right) and sometimes a little farther out. The Health and Sciences building is off in the distance. The main part of the campus is out of sight to the right – that’s where I go.

 

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On the Run

Let’s say you are getting off the exit at Paper Mill Road off 309, Springfield Township. You look to your right as you come up to the light.

You look some more.

You look some more. What is that dangling from the branches of that tree? Some new kind of fruit, just now revealed by the leaves falling?

Look one more time.

OK, I’ll explain. Behind that fence someone had planted gourds in a garden. The vines left home and traveled up that tree perched in the no-man’s land at the highway exit. Gourds like to hang as they grow, so the vine made a great decision.

I love seeing the triumph of ingenuity and the motivation of hope, no matter who is exercising it!

Oranges and Tangerines

Yesterday, November 20, my husband and I were in Allentown, PA, to go to an art event, and we had a little extra time, so we thought we’d drive around a bit.

We chose an industrial area of town.

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This section is a mix of factory buildings, some in use, some in the redevelopment zone, some waiting for whatever the future brings, and some doing business even on a Sunday (like the tire dealer – we watched a car with a flat tire drive on the rim, very slowly, and into oncoming traffic, to get into their parking lot. Don’t say the tire business has no drama).

We saw this little building perched at the corner of a vacant area near the old railroad tracks. Intrigued by the signs, we stopped to look.

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Here’s a closer look at the signs.

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It was a bit of a puzzle to us, this former business. Oranges, tangerines, and temples (a hybrid of tangerine and orange, I later learned), not to mention pecans – these are not local to us in Pennsylvania. So this place specialized in something – special! Why the business existed, why here? I don’t know. We went a little closer.

It’s a solid little building, isn’t it? Look at this sign – mentioning November 15. Not this year, I see, and maybe not any year recently, but at some time, winter was brightened up by the availability here of exotic fruit and nuts from down south. I am old enough to remember when a box of oranges or pecans at Christmas was something special, and they were popular gifts to have shipped from sunny Florida.

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Interesting little spot, wasn’t this?

in narrow streets

in narrow streets

in narrow streets

Caught Unawares

Now you know how it is when you are in the car, and you think you are all alone, unobserved, even. But you’re not.

Not long ago I was stopped behind a school bus at a light. It was empty and so no kids blocked my view (or made faces or gestures at me out of the back window). I noticed I could see the driver in his mirror. I whipped out the camera and took a couple of shots.

I am sure he felt he was totally unseen and had no idea the woman in the car behind him had such a view. I think he was just enjoying the idea of being along on the bus, not a kid in sight.

Anyway, kind of interesting, don’t you think?

Pittsburgh Sights #6

This item is not really in Pittsburgh at all – the location is one of the rest stops on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But, it was part of the Pittsburgh trip so I feel it fits right in here. On our way home, we stopped to eat lunch, and I noticed all the chairs at the tables had a little keystone cut-out in the back.

 

Certainly very handy to put your fingers into so as to get a good grip to pull out the chair, right? Yes, of course, but there’s more to it – the keystone is the symbol for our state.

 

Any shape would have been useful, pretty much, but I liked the imagination someone had to make it a keystone.

 

Trouble Averted

Rock and a penny for size.

Rock and a penny for size.

You say, what is this photo all about? I’ll tell you. It’s a nice story.

Last week, the day before my cataract surgery, I was driving along. Feeling a bit on edge, but otherwise everything was as usual. Then, the warning light for low tire pressure came on. And, in my car, there is even a little schematic showing which tire – the passenger front.

Well, in some consternation, I turned around to go home. I had about 5 miles to drive and I had no idea why the tire was signaling for help. The car is just about 6 months old. Surely it should be fine?

I thought of the garage where we have taken our cars for years. Close to home and I knew they would help me out. I managed to get there fine. The tire looked low, and so I was glad to be there. I parked the car at the edge of the lot and went in. Sure, the guys said. Pull the car around and we’ll look.

I brought the car around the corner and to the front of the garage. I got out and went back into the office. We looked out the window at the car. At that moment, the tire finished going totally flat. I saw the rim sink to the ground.

After an examination, the pictured stone was found, driven all the way into a groove in the tire. The guys pulled it out and patched the tire. Some air and it was all fixed. Just like that!

I was so grateful I might have said, “Thank you!” about twenty times. I know the whole staff was laughing (in a nice way) by the time I finished. I am thankful for the help they gave me and so quickly, too. I am also marveling that the car waited until I got to a safe place before the tire went totally flat, and I’m grateful for that, too. As I said, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to cope with a flat tire that day.

See, I told you it was a nice story, so that’s why I’m writing it down here. And, I am still wondering how this little rock, not that sharp, found just the right spot in the tire to do this kind of work? It is surprising, isn’t it?

Lightning Flash Service Guy

A few days ago I found myself stopped behind this truck at a traffic light. I just loved the truck. It had enough information on it to keep me happy through several lights, I think, with its lists of all the business services, phone numbers, slogans, and even an endorsement “Best of” from a local newspaper.

It was a van for a heating and electrical business. I drove behind it for some miles. It was moving rather slowly and I think its shocks were not in great shape or it was heavily loaded. I could see the driver’s face in his mirror and he was not on the phone nor was he extremely old. So I think the truck was just kind of tired. Obviously there is a great need for electrical and heating repairs and this truck is out there doing its part.

Waiting at the light I noticed the lightning flash guy. I had to take a picture. I thought the idea was clever, given the truck’s business; I liked the execution of the little guy’s image; and I liked the irony of advertised speed vs. reality – a tired truck and a cautious driver. I came away thinking that I would consider hiring these guys just on the basis of the truck.

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Need a Ride?

A few days ago I was waiting at a traffic light and glanced to my right. I saw this little building and, though I’m sure I’ve seen it many times before, today I paid attention to it.

It’s a small yellow-painted concrete block building sitting against the rail line and with a parking lot in front of it. No pretensions, neatly kept, and I like the touch the orange awning over the door brings to it. There is some concern for comfort of customers and workers coming in and out of that door, and yet the building is so sparely constructed that originally, even this modest covering wasn’t included. Staying with the basics is what this place is about – it’s just here to do its job.

The clarity of its function really caught my eye:  the sign reading Taxi Cab Company says it all.  No flashy catchy euphemisms. Just a plain statement of purpose and a phone number.

Overall, the get-straight-to-the-point attitude of the place appealed to me.

I’ve never taken a taxi in the suburbs that I can remember, so I don’t know how the service is. But now I know where to look if I need a ride sometime, don’t I?

Happy Tuesday.

Taxi Cab Company Glenside 3-24-15

Taxi Cab Company, Glenside, PA

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