Big News!!!

Well, not really. I'd meant to spend the morning reading the papers and blogging about what's going on in the state. Instead I ended up browsing around the NC Blog Index, visiting some blogs that I've never been to before and checking out a few that I haven't gotten to in a while. The listed blogs aren't all political, so it was kind of a nice break from the day-to-day. (My last stop was a lengthy browse through the pictures at

Check the index out! And if you read an NC blog that isn't listed there, leave the author a comment letting them know to come add themselves. Now I'd like to say that I'm going to go do something more political, but I'll probably just end up reading blogs.


Lance, looked at a couple

Are they all that depressing? Reminds me how neglected America is right now and has been for the past 5 years.

The one about mufflers shows a train car(?) in the background. Heard a commenter on NPR once after some big-wig from the rail industy came on and said the trains and rail traffic was very secure. (They were talking about transporting nuclear waste via rail...) The commenter said (and i paraphrase) if you have ever watched a train go by while sitting at a crossing, you've probably noticed that many are covered in secure was THAT train yard?

Good point!

I never thought of that. I'm not sure I'd call the photos at serialphoto depressing, although decay is a frequent subject.

Lowell Allen's Serial Photo

I've met Lowell Allen on a couple of BlogAsheville occasions, and I can assure you he's not depressing or out to depress others. I look at these pictures and think of the passage of time or of the distinctiveness of our mountain culture. They're always poignant, sometimes melancholy, and artistic as all get out.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

allen's photos are quite inspirational

there are few people i know of who can capture decay (industrial, domestic and otherwise) as well as lowell allen. i am a fan.

his photos of abandoned houses have always struck me as bittersweet, not depressing. beneath the faded paint, broken windows and rotted floorboards, i see family gatherings. i see kids playing with their christmas toys. i see love. his pictures can tell stories of what might have been.

i'm a sentimental buffoon, i know...

As I look at more...

I have to admit they are beautiful in a sad sort of way....

You rascal . . .

You beat me to it! RANT is rockin' this morning on the Big Board.

top of the board...

as of 1:11 pm.

p.s. I'm blogging from the William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh, soaking in the old timey atmosphere and the joy that is the 'burgh.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.