Day 11: Zipping thru SC and GA

I limited myself to just a few stops in SC today.  Then decided to focus on a bunch of stuff I had in the Atlanta area.  Wound up settling down in Macon, GA for the night.  Since I’m so far behind, I’ll be up at the crack of dawn to get us as close as possible to the FL border by daybreak.  I could easily make a month-long trip out of all the VA, SC, GA stuff I’ve had to scratch on this trip.  But next spring’s trip will supposedly focus on TX & OK.  I wish there was some way I could make a living doing this stuff and I didn’t have this gotta-get-home-for-work time limit.

I guess it goes without saying now that it rained most of the day.  More grey & spotty photos.  The weather forecast is for some sun for a couple days then back to rain.  I heard on the radio that there was snow in northern MS so I guess it’s wet all over the South right now.  Atlanta only made it up to 40-something today.   The dogs are getting their exercise in vacant lots which have been plentiful. 

Let’s get cracking with the photos since I won’t get much sleep tonight.  Sorry if my posts haven’t been witty lately.  I’m beat!  If you’re new to this game, I write these things after midnight and I don’t proof or edit later.  It is what it is.

The Krispy Kreme in Spartanburg, SC has abandoned their old building and sign for digs across the street.  Actually, they moved about four years ago so it’s a miracle that these remains are still there.  There are very few examples of this style building/sign left now.  It’s very sad how dullsville Krispy has become.  The workers said they needed “more room” but also complained about how the place was too big — back and forth all day long from front to back.

Also in Spartanburg, this cleaners is still hanging in.  Hanger sign and butterfly roof – doesn’t get much better than that:

One of the main reasons that I went to Anderson, SC was to check out their giant fishes.  They were way better than the typical city art-project statues.  But they’ve gotten rid of them all.  And instead are now featuring little life-sized sculptures of wrens around town.  Once I got over my disappointment, I thought it was kind of cool.

I actually did take a food photo for you yesterday in Charlotte.  A Banana Cream Pie sundae from Dairy Queen — but it came out super blurry.  So I’ll offer you this lame display today instead.  I’m not a fan of citrus drinks or any soda other than Diet Coke, but I got this SunDrop since it was produced in Gastonia, NC.  It wasn’t as bad as I expected.  The middle item is my beloved Stride berry-flavored gum.  I became a chain chewer about a year ago.  And then, lastly, Reese’s has produced a “dark” version of their peanut butter cups.  I love anything with peanut butter and anything with nuts so this was an easy sale.  Still prefer the milk chocolate version.

A neat bowling sign from Anderson, SC.  I don’t know if it still works under that plastic cover.  I’d love to know that it does and that the balls are lit sequentially into an explosion of pins.  Anyone know?

Biggar Antiques in Chamblee, GA has loads of interesting signs and stuff.  Unfortunately, they don’t allow photography inside the shop.  There was a great old waving chef sign that I would have loved to document.  They did allow me to take a photo of this guy.  “Ben” stands right at the register and keeps an eye on things.  He looked ready to ring up a sale.

I saw this graffiti/art in Atlanta.  I thought I might understand it when I looked at it later.  But I still don’t.  It also reminds me of some of the crazy flow charts I create at work that I don’t understand either:

And lastly, even though it’s one of the worst photos ever, I’ll include it.  Reflections, rain & bugs on the windshield – but I think you can still make it out.  One of Sparkle’s siblings working as a Checker Cab in Atlanta.  Never seen an Astro Van cab before!

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