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28 July 2018
|26 F St., Charleston, SC|
The sun in shining and what a treat that is after the daily rain we've been having. I walked the West Ashley Bikeway this morning, ran errands and baked cookies already. Have fun out there kids!
26 July 2018
|The Recovery Room, King St., Charleston, SC|
This Charleston bar can proudly claim be the number one seller of PBR in the world:
Charleston City Paper: The Recovery Room is now the No. 1 seller of PBR in the world. At least that was the word from the dive bar's Facebook page last week. Now we're not calling Chris "Boston" DiMattia a fabricator, but we wanted to vet this lofty claim before reporting the news. So we tracked down Jay Toxey, Rec Room's former Pabst Blue Ribbon contact (now the Pabst rep for Georgia). Toxey couldn't share any internal data, but here's what he did have to say:
"It's true. For 12-oz. cans, The Recovery Room is the biggest on-premise retailer of PBR in the world," says Toxey. "No one sells more of that size can."
25 July 2018
24 July 2018
23 July 2018
|Mural - Pancito & Lefy, Charleston, SC|
22 July 2018
|Byron - King St., Charleston, SC|
When I lived on the peninsula I got to know most of the usual street folk and Byron was my King St. toll. I always turned over a couple of bucks and on occasion bought him a meal. I am not in town as much and had worried about him lately and hoped all was well.
My walk this morning steered me to upper King St. and I was pleased to find him enjoying the shade under the highway overpass. A quick hug, a couple of bucks exchanged. On my way back down the same route I watching him offering his trademark chiropractic adjustments to a couple of young men and he caught my eye and grinned.
After all the rain and sogginess it was nice to have a drive up the coast for a late lunch in Georgetown. Blue skies! White clouds! The vintage movie theater has current movies showing and visitors were enjoying the boardwalk.
It was a quick trip but a happy break while my little car was left drying out with an elaborate system of extension cords and dehumidifiers and carpets propped up. Thankfully it seems to drive without any trouble. I saw city workers finally out clearing out our neglected drainage system yesterday and hope that continues.
Enjoy your Sunday, kids!
20 July 2018
|Keats & Oak Forest, Charleston, SC|
19 July 2018
18 July 2018
Needless to say I haven't had to go for my usual evening walk and come home ready to crash instead!
17 July 2018
14 July 2018
|Bee City, Cottageville, SC|
Funky but quirkily charming (in my memory), Bee City near Cottageville has cleaned up it's act and is now a popular petting zoo. The bees are a very small part of the operation in the back of the property.
The parking lot was full of happy kids, every one encouraged to buy food for the birds and monkeys. How can animals eat all day long? I am not a big zoo fan but everything was clean and the kids were having a great time. Some of the animals were injured rescues. Some of the vintage decor was still visible in the cafe but everything else has been expanded and renovated.
12 July 2018
|Wentworth St., Charleston, SC|
11 July 2018
|Sycamore St., Charleston, SC|
I made it home in time to walk down to meet friends at the West Ashley Farmer's Market and caught this sweet scene on my way home. It was just a quick cell phone shot but the light was hitting the trees in a lovely way. They are the gates to the Synagogue Emanu-El Cemetery.
09 July 2018
|Jenkins Orphanage building, Franklin St., Charleston, SC|
Jenkins OrphanageThe Rev. Daniel J. Jenkins established the Jenkins Orphanage in 1891 for African-American children following an encounter with four youngsters living on the streets of Charleston. The original site of this orphanage was at 20 Franklin St. in the Old Marine Hospital. This National Historic Landmark, designed by Robert Mills, served as home of the orphanage from 1895 to 1939. Then it moved to a farm outside Charleston. To raise funds for the orphanage, the Jenkins Orphanage Band was organized. The Jenkins Orphanage Band, wearing discarded Citadel uniforms, performed throughout the United States and even toured England raising money for the support of the orphanage. William “Cat” Anderson, Jabbo Smith and Freddie Green are but a few of the alumni from the band who made it to the big time.
Click here to hear the Jenkins Orphanage Band in a 1928 news reel!
More great background information on the SCIWay site.
07 July 2018
|The Adventure, Charlestowne Landing, Charleston, SC|
Happy birthday Frida Kahlo! I remembered these photos from a visit to a fabric artist's studio in Cuba. Sadly I am scratching my head trying to remember the artist's name. Hopefully I will remember it and pop back to add it.
Happy weekend, kids!
05 July 2018
|Tilt shift Broad St., Charleston, SC|
It's been a long time since I've played with the tilt shift feature. It narrows the focus so much that if give the effect of a miniature world. Try it yourself here: Tilt Shift
|Tilt shift Charleston, SC|
04 July 2018
|Magnolia Plantation Garden, Charleston, SC|
I walked out to climb the Observation Tower and enjoyed the dramatic skies while trying to thump and walk as loudly as possible on the trails to signal the creep crawlies that I was coming through. I've been seeing too many pictures of snakes lately.
|Belvedere, Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC|
Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans! Thanks for welcoming this poor immigrant many years ago. You've given me a home, family, rewarding work and countless friendships.
PS: Making me go to Pittsburgh for a welcoming syphilis test was a little weird but happily I passed.
03 July 2018
|Mini library, State St., Charleston, SC|
Short walk again this evening due to the heat. I waited so late it was dark when I came back in. Stay cool, kids!