It's “that time of the bimonthly” again, here at Meanwhile Back In Peoria, and that means”'it's my turn in the barrel” again. Before we get into the “Carpal Tunnel Inducing Scrolling” of my latest photo nonsense, I have to “pimp” one of my favorite online “time investments.”
I called this post “Favoritism” (not meant in a family, school, or workplace manner, you “know” me better than that by now), but rather in the content that follows.
Having been a fan of “Seinfeld,” and considering it “our generation’s” equivalent of “The Honeymooners,” I still watch it when I see it on TV, (if I happen to be near a TV) even though I own the box set. Some two decades after it first aired, it still remains fresh, and I always seem to notice something new in each episode. To me, what “Breaking Bad” was to drama, “Seinfeld” was to comedy. Later, I naturally became a fan of “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Early last year, I became hooked on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
Incorporating three of my personal trio of “favorite things,” (comedy, cars and coffee) I instantly became a fan based on the title alone. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is a comedy web series by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The series is broadcast on the Internet at: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and premiered on July 19, 2012. The show is supported by digital network Crackle and sponsored by Acura. (Be sure to check out the "vintage" Honda commercials included.)
Episodes follow a format of Seinfeld introducing a vintage car, picking up the guest comedian, and taking them out to have coffee or to a restaurant. The episodes sometimes diverge from the format, as when Michael Richards urges Seinfeld to turn off onto a side street, or when Seinfeld returns after coffee with Carl Reiner to join him for dinner with Mel Brooks—a classic episode.
Every episode stands on it’s own merit, David Letterman, Louis C.K., Don Rickles, Sarah Silverman, Bob Einstein and Chris Rock are also standouts. The atmosphere of each episode, I liken to eavesdropping on two old friends (three in the case of Reiner and Brooks) sharing stories and laughs together. It’s a great concept and would love to see it on a network or cable channel. If you have not yet seen it, do yourself a favor, and thank me later.
Given the fact that we survived the “Neptune-like” cold and wind chills since we last met here, it didn't stop me from visiting a few of my favorite spots to photograph. I'm grateful I have had the opportunity to shoot so many of these places over the past two years, because, as I mentioned in one of my very first posts, some have already disappeared from the countryside. I have recently returned to a few of these spots and some are razed, some are barricaded with cyclone fencing and barbed wire (not that that has been a deterrent, but it blocks the shot) and others posted with “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” warnings (again, a poor deterrent).
I caught a few amazing winter sunsets last weekend and found a spot that gives me some good foreground subjects to contrast the beauty of the amazing colors. I stumbled across a few more “new/old” abandoned cars, as well as more of the abandoned train club car and a few buildings, I “happened” to gain access to, be it entering or shooting through the broken glass in the windows. Once these bits and pieces of Americana are gone, they will be lost forever, but remain “immortalized” digitally.
So sit back, put on your wrist brace, and scroll away until we meet again, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Bonus Travel Poster From Jaws The Cabbie!
Jaws the Cabbie sent in this travel poster for us! Ha! Try and stay warm, Jaws, spring will be sprung in about eight weeks!