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Road Trip: Virginia

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I first became aware of the president heads through this video from Wussy for "She's Killed Hundreds". I was absolutely fascinated by these decaying heads of our founding fathers as soon as I saw the video, so I immediately went to Google to look for more info. I knew that the director of the video was from Virginia, so I believe I looked up "abandoned president heads Virginia", and a bunch of news articles came up. From what I could tell, the presidents were sitting on private land. People would break into the property to take their coolest photos for the 'gram. I'm comfortable with light tresspassing, but full on breaking into someone's property? Nah. I'm too old for that shit. So, I resigned myself to not seeing these massive structures in person; I'd just look through Instagram tags and admire other people's shots.

Fairly recently, a woman I follow on Instagram posted photos from the heads, and mentioned that she had paid to do a ph…

The Great American Road Trip

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When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Pee Wee Herman. On Saturday mornings, I would wake up specifically to watch Pee Wee's Playhouse. Pee Wee was everything I wanted to be: loud, energetic, and unapologetically himself. His friends were all weird and cool, and his house was colorful and wacky. When I was in sixth grade, I was Pee Wee Herman for Halloween. It was going to be my last Halloween parade, so I decided why not have fun with it? I bought a grey suit from the thrift store, slicked down my hair, and went to school in what was the most nontraditional Halloween costume a 12 year old girl could come up with.


My family always had cable, and we always had HBO and Showtime. Back then, the movie stations would get a few movies each month, and play the everloving shit out of them. As soon as Pee Wee's Big Adventure hit HBO, I must have watched it over 100 times. I loved the whimsy and the unpredictable nature of taking this great road trip with nothing in mind other than ge…

Digital Eyeballs

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We got cash and gift cards for Christmas. I told my husband then that I wanted to buy myself a camera, because I had outgrown the Canon that I had been using, and was using my phone more than I wanted to.  I then proceeded to research the crap out of the two that I wanted the most (Sony vs Fuji), and then go too far down the internet review wormhole and psych myself out. I used some of the money to pay off some bills, because I'm still digging myself back out financially from The Great Mental Breakdown of 2017.

Months went by, and I finally decided that one day while visiting my mom up at Cleveland Clinic main campus, I would stop by the Dodd Camera that I passed every time I drove up to the hospital. Another month passed, and I actually made the stop. I was able to hold the cameras in my hands and see how the felt to me, not just listen to how they felt to the guys in the various reviews I watched on YouTube. Two of the guys who were working that day shot with Fuji, so they were…

Rituals and Reminders of the Past.

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My husband and I have a Saturday ritual: coffee at Angel Falls, followed by a stop at Square Records. I usually check the new releases, and look at what weird books have come in. I start at the opposite end of the newly added used stuff, and work my way back to the beginning (because- you guessed it- my husband starts at the new releases and works his way over). We've done this for years, and it's one of those little things that I look forward to all week.

A few weeks ago as I was flipping through, I noticed a lot of familiar records in the just in used section. The grouping of bands was way too specific to just be a coincidence. These were records that someone had held onto forever, until shit just got that bad and they had to start selling the things that meant a lot to them. I knew whose records these were. It felt like seeing a ghost. I didn't tell my husband, because this happened way before I met him, and I don't like talking about this guy or my brief time tang…

Hello!

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Hi!

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