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Still at it!

May 24th, 2017


I'm still walking and regularly posting — I'm just working through a big backlog of photos right now. See below for the latest posts. (The dates on the posts are the dates I took the pictures.)

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Malachi 4:5

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Barberz #116

August 17th, 2015


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Scenes from beyond the city

August 17th, 2015


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A fleeting eclipse

August 17th, 2015


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I had a memory of walking by a house with similar gate ornaments at some point in the past. When I looked up my photo of that place, from 2014, I discovered to my surprise that the house in question is located just down the block! Comparing Street View images of that house and the one above, you can see that the metalwork for their gates and fencing is identical.

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Split-level alley

August 17th, 2015


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A curving approach

August 17th, 2015



Just follow the Queens chrome.

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New tree, old pit

August 17th, 2015



According to a tag on the tree, this is a Vanderwolf's Pyramid pine. New street trees are typically planted in larger, rectangular pits, but this isn't a new pit. It was occupied for many years, and eventually filled to capacity, by a London plane tree.

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1965 Ford Cortina GT

August 17th, 2015





The Cortina was produced from 1962 to 1982 by Ford of Britain, and it was the best-selling model in the UK for ten of those years: 1967, 1972-1975, and 1977-1981. In 1979, the Cortina had the best-selling year of any car in UK history.

In 1964, a number of top race-car drivers were invited to pilot Cortinas down the bobsled track at Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Italian resort that hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. I found a couple of newspaper accounts of the event, and they make it sound like driving cars on bobsled courses, or "auto-bobbing", was a real thing people did. According to the papers, "Europe's latest and maddest winter sport" had originated earlier in the year, a product of "the Italian zest for excitement". But I can't find any evidence of auto-bobbing's existence outside of the articles about this one event, so I'm not convinced that the "sport" was anything more than a ridiculous one-time publicity stunt staged by Ford for the creation of this short promotional film.

Speaking of ridiculous, check out this 1969 Cortina ad (from South Africa, according to this website):

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Street-crossing relics

August 17th, 2015



This defunct pedestrian push button and its accompanying sign date back to the days of the Department of Traffic.

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Warnings x 3

August 17th, 2015



BEWARE OF DOG BEWARE OF DOG BEWARE OF DOG NO PARKING NO PARKING NO PARKING

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Ramayana in the Park

August 17th, 2015



This annual festival for the local Indo-Caribbean (largely Guyanese) Hindu population is named after the Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic poem that tells the story of Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu. Ramayana in the Park features concerts and dance performances, as well as readings and explanations of the epic poem Ramcharitmanas, a 16th-century telling of the story of Rama, by a number of different pandits, or scholars. (The English word "pundit" comes from "pandit".) The festival is held on a lot owned by the Arya Spiritual Center, a Hindu temple in Briarwood located in the old Church of the Four Leaf Clover.

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And another seating option

August 17th, 2015


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Sidewalk seating

August 17th, 2015



"WELCOME" is carved into the bottom step of the row house that faces this bench.