Friday, October 28, 2011

side mirror crash

A side mirror-to-side mirror crash is always a risk when parallel parking, but this is particularly true whilst parallel parking on a temporarily narrow roadway...

Today, the Madison Avenue repaving project involved a final coat of asphalt on the northern 24 feet of the roadway, providing enough room for two smooth westbound travel lanes without veering into the middle section with its uneven pavement.  Of course, a parked car can throw a kink in this traffic pattern...

And here's the guy who experienced the kink.  This photo was taken right after he hit his side mirror. 
And here's the victim car.  Note the side mirror pushed forward.

"Well, shoot..."

"I reckon I should go check out the other guy's car..."

"Maybe he's enjoying some bar-b-q..."

"Well, it doesn't look too bad..."

"Maybe he works at Pizza Hut..."

"Well, I should probably get out of here..."

"Hey.  You didn't see nothing, did you?"


Here she is - - just got her hair done.

"What the--"
She ended up not appearing too upset, so I figured the mirror wasn't broken.
Now - with bike lanes separating on-street parking, this won't happen.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Calvin Farrar 2

Not only does the Bar-B-Q Shop utilize the services of Calvin Farrar for their fanciful window art during the holidays, but also for routine maintenance to their hand-painted signs.  Just for the record, hand-painted signs are becoming a lost art...

First step: red paint touch-ups.

Next came the green paint touch-ups.

A fan of Calvin's asks for a photo op.

After all of the letters were complete, it was time to touch up the piggies.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

(Small) Fire at the Bar-B-Q Shop

This morning, there was a small fire at the Bar-B-Q Shop.  By lunchtime, the restaurant was open for business, but for about 20 minutes, things were jumping...

It's too smokey inside.

Here comes the cavalry.

MPD provides a roadblock the moment the fire dept. arrives.
Get the hoses out.

Call for backup.


Get the other side of the street blocked.

Check the roof.

Check the water pressure.

Get the fan.

Be prepared.

Testing the equipment.

My neighbors keeping a watchful eye.

Neighboring business owners needing escorting.
Eric needs some comforting.

The axeman returning to his truck.

Wrapping up.

Ah.  A job well done deserves a cigarette.