Scottish Smoke Shop

November 30, 2006

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Among Alexandria’s early settlers were Scottish merchants, one of whom, John Carlyle, those of you who visited this blog at the end of October will know. The John Crouch smoke shop is another reminder of that long gone age.

Update: Ruth of East Lansing Daily Photo posted a photo of a cigar store wooden Indian on November 24, complete with a link to the interesting history of the association between wooden Indians and smoking. Thanks to Kate of Visual St. Paul for bringing this serendipitous coincidence to our attention.

Going Into Rehab

November 29, 2006

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Well, what do you know. The old icehouse that I posted about on November 15 has gone into rehab! Apparently the owner started to do an intervention but isn’t following the 12-step program properly. That orange sign on the door is a stop work order.

It turns out that when the plywood was being removed from the front of the building, the canopy fell off. As this is listed as a historic property and the work had been done without the proper permits, city officials are doing an intervention of their own. You can read about it in the Alexandria Times and also on the Parker-Gray Growl.

I’ll be watching, camera ready, to see what happens next.

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November 28, 2006

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In some neighborhoods, the trees have already shed all of their leaves. Now comes the fun of raking and bagging. But not for me, since my condo fees pay for all exterior grounds maintenance. These leaves are nowhere near my condo. I was just circling town like a vulture, looking for likely photo carcasses wherever I could find them. My trusty cherry red Subaru waits patiently in the distance to carry me to my next photo shoot.

I’ve been abnormally quiet the last week or so in the comments because my computer is at death’s door, and I’m now only able to get online at work on my lunch hour. New one should arrive by this weekend. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the old one will live long enough so that I can transfer the data to the new one. All my ADP photos are on there!


November 27, 2006

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Here’s my obligatory one-red-leaf-fallen-on-the-sidewalk photo for the year.

Diet Door

November 26, 2006

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This has to be the skinniest door I’ve ever seen. If this doesn’t give you thoughts of going on a diet after the Thanksgiving gorgefest, nothing will.