Road Trip: Southeastern US, 2018 – Part 1

My wife and I had some time in May to take a little road trip to see our respective sets of parents. We didn’t have a lot of time because of work and other commitments on our respective schedules, so if you’re in the areas we visited and wondering why we didn’t make social calls, that’s why. Anyway, we hit a few states over a little more than a week.

The trip south was a two-day affair. We stopped in Vandalia, Ohio, for dinner, thus allowing much of the rush-hour traffic in Cincinnati to clear out. I found this nifty American Legion hall sign.

We did the overnight in Lexington, Kentucky, at a Courtyard. This particular Courtyard actually had a courtyard, and the courtyard had some seasonal residents.

Seriously good work by the staff at the Courtyard.

Our second travel day saw us take a break in Gadsden, Alabama, so that I could try to catch as many Charmanders as possible on Pokémon GO Community Day. (I don’t remember my total haul, but I did catch six shiny Charmanders, so it was a good day.) Along the way, I managed to snag a few photos, some of which I’ll share here.

I love these old-school, Coke-sponsored signs.

The front of the buildings is here, but the back has departed for the great downtown in the sky.

What a lovely post office!

Vintage neon!

Anniston and Oxford offered some fun scenery. The stuff that I found on the run will find its way into a What I See When I Run post. As for the rest, … well, here ya go.

I can’t wait to see what the Anniston Runners Club offices look like when they’re completed.

This old service station would be majestic with a little TLC.

After a few days in Alabama, the trip shifted to North Carolina. Those photos are coming soon.

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What I See When I Run: Anniston/Oxford

While on vacation in May, I did lots of running. Here are some of the best things I saw in Anniston and Oxford, Alabama.

This is such a beautiful, historic building.

Ty Cobb spent some time in Anniston. I’m sure some folks will dispute the “greatest baseball player of all time” designation, but he was definitely very good.

The dogs hanging out at Piper’s Playhouse were very happy to say hello when I ran by. And when I stopped. And probably any other time.

There are so many ducklings here!

I lived in Calhoun County for many years, but I had never before seen this creek, or drain, or whatever it is.

What I See When I Run: Bloomington, Indiana

When I was in Bloomington the morning before the Indy Mini, I got in my standard day-before-the-race, 3-mile run. Bloomington’s B Line Trail is a beautiful, vibrant portion of the community. There are both residences and businesses that face the trail. I snapped a couple of photos along the way.

It’s my favorite number!

The Month in Cats: April 2018

This update is late, but whatever.

Gobo loves shoes and feet and smelly things. He’s so weird.

Gobo also loves the heat vent. Maybe he’s not so weird.

Apparently, Wembley decided to hang out by the bathroom door while I showered. When I opened the door, this scene greeted me.

Wembley is overly dramatic.

Wembley also likes to see if his dramatic reactions have any effect.

Wembley is round, y’all. He’s been on a diet, and it’s had some positive effects, but it’s still a work in progress.

Sleepy kitty.

Look at all those toes!

Cats don’t need two eyes to be awesome cats.

The eye of the Ursula is upon you.

She’s a little round.

Found Fortune

In cleaning out my wallet, I found a long-lost “fortune” from a fortune cookie. Along with my lucky numbers* and the Chinese word that I could learn, it offered me this:

Friends long absent are coming back to you.

I’m kind of curious as to who it might be, and under what circumstances they might be returning. I’m also open to suggestions. In the interim, I leave you with this:

* About those lucky numbers. Yeah, I’m not telling you what those are. Why should I share the fortune with you? Wait. Maybe that’s why my long-lost friends are coming back. Moochers.

Also, yes, I deliberately used those quotation marks around “fortune.” Most of them are platitudes, so I am very reluctant to apply the word “fortune” literally.

Old Photographs: Mostly Cats, Plus Some Other Things

I’m continuing to work my way through photos from the last few years, rediscovering some fun moments, attractive scenes, and my cats. Enjoy!

I would say that Wembley was surveying his domain, but he’s not really brave enough to hold territory.

Spice Girls lyrics always make me happy. Don’t judge.

Ursula works hard to keep up her appearance.

Gobo always has such a serious look about him.

When we lived in Marshall, Wembley loved that spot on the stairs.

Running in Lansing often offers wonderful views.