Spitball Army

Somewhere in America, there’s a street named after my Dad.

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About the header images

The photos that appear randomly in the header to this weblog – with the exception of the few listed at the bottom of this page – were all taken by me, and have been edited to fit a 970 x 140 pixel frame (not an obvious size for an image).  Let’s call it widewidescreen, or horizonscreen.  No claims here to the quality of the images, but they all held some fascination for me.  In no particular order (just as they appear on this website), they are:

  • Amos, a Saint Bernard: my neighbor, who owns two human pets.Amos!
  • The underside of the cantilever over the front entrance of Rosenbaum House, a Frank Lloyd Wright usonian home in Florence, Alabama.  The green tint is the reflection of the grass from either side of the front sidewalk.
    Rosenbaum House cantilever
  • A row of CD cases in a CD rack in my former office at my former place of business.  The discs were stored in a 300-disc changer, which we used as a music “radio” before an iPod rendered it impractical and cumbersome.
    CDs on a shelf
  • The tag line from a billboard on Crestwood Blvd in Birmingham, advertising the major-label debut album by Taylor Hicks.  “Much anticipated” sounds somewhat tepid if you’re trying to sell records, methinks.
    Taylor Hicks billboard
  • The back of many heads transfixed by the band Radiohead at a concert in The Meadow of Stone Mountain, Georgia.  The stage is a bright flash of white light.  This picture reminds me of 1984.
    Radiohead audience at Stone Mountain
  • Another picture from Rosenbaum House, this one of a sculpture of a sprite in the garden alcove outside the front door.Rosenbaum House garden sprite
  • Caitlin Cary performing at l’Edge.  That’s Caitlin with the fiddle in the middle.  Jen Gunderman is playing the accordion.  Dave Bartholomew is on the left.Caitlin Cary and band
  • Jeff Lopez playing saxophone on the left, John Nuckols on drums, center.  This was from a performance at l’Edge in December 2007.
    Jeff Lopez and John Nuckols
  • Noah Adams, wearing headphones, jamming to the sounds of a CD that he really liked but couldn’t convince his Dad to buy.  Dad is standing next to him, hands in pockets, listening to Jeff Lopez and John Nuckols and company, who were also jamming.
    Noah Adams, jamming
  • Sunset through the tree tops on January 1st, 2008, facing downtown Birmingham from my back deck.2008 New Year's Day sunset
  • The dogwood tree in my front yard, in bloom.Dogwood tree in bloom
  • The children of Eliot Morris in rapt attention as they watch their father in performance.  At l’Edge, December 2007.Eliot's kids
  • Another blurry musicians-in-motion photo: Eliot Morris and Matthew Mayfield, December 2007.Eliot and Matthew
  • Snow on magnolia tree.  My back yard, January 2008.Snow on magnolia tree
  • Matt Nathanson in performance at l’Edge.  Yes, he was resting his nose on the microphone.  Great guy, by the way, who was really interested in the mundane workings of a record store and, thus, quite unlike your average travelling musician.
    Matt Nathanson
  • The top row or two of Ben Burford’s re-working of the Sgt. Pepper album cover, incorporating images from sixteen years of l’Edge history.  This photo was previously mentioned here.Ben's version of Sgt. Pepper
  • A detail of the bear on the state flag of California.California flag bear
  • An excerpt from the 22 April 1943 V-Mail letter of Bev (Beverly Anderson) to Ande (Hubert L. Anderson).Bev Anderson letter of 22 April 1943
  • Beverly Anderson and friend Marge Riefel at the beach, Southern California, July 1942. Notice the life guard sign.Bev Anderson and Marge Riefel at the beach
  • Bev & Ande, according to Bev’s notes, “on crowded beach one Sunday,” July 1942.Bev and Ande on crowded beach
  • Bev & Ande at Yosemite National Park, at “place where Firefalls is pushed over Mt. Ledge,” August 1942.  There is nothing but sky behind them.
    Bev and Ande in Yosemite
  • Another photo detail from Bev & Ande’s visit to Yosemite, here “at top of Half Dome (20 mi. hike),” August 1942.  The panorama in the full picture is breathtaking.
    Bev and Ande at Half Dome
  • Beverly, “on top of Ledge Trail at Glacier Pt.,” Yosemite, August 1942.
    Bev on top of Ledge Trail
  • View of the rear of the Rosenbaun House in Florence, Alabama.
    Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama
  • What I create when I’m not writing creatively.
    Evidence of frustration
  • A photo from childhood: hanging out in our front yard with my sister and our neighbor’s dog, Gypsy.
    Tricia, Gypsy and me
  • My sister Tricia, again, cracking up with our cousin Melissa.
    Tricia and Lissa
  • The legendary Billy Joe Shaver, in performance at l’Edge.
    Billy Joe Shaver
  • Luke Steele and bandmate, of The Sleepy Jackson, in performance at l’Edge.
    The Sleepy Jackson
  • Eyes, from a big ol’ poster advertising the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 3.
    eyes
  • Blue sky at twilight, as seen from my back porch.
    Blue sky at twilight, from the back porch
  • Detail from a village-scape in Morocco. Sent to me by an acquaintance who teaches there.
    a village in Morocco
  • A random photo I took at a Pavarotti concert at the Charles River Esplanade in Boston. This pic inspired The Gourmand.
    Doing her part to institute a food shortage.
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5 Comments

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JohnF // Jul 4, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Man, this is a very cool blog.

  • 2 Cuz // Dec 23, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    Is the 5th one down without a title at Buddy Todd Park?

  • 3 spitballarmy // Dec 23, 2008 at 8:05 AM

    YES!! Remember climbing all over that train when we were kids, Cuz? It was made out of wood back then, of course. This new one will probably last a bit longer. I recently unearthed videotapes that Dad had made of our family’s home movies…there was footage of one of many birthday parties at Buddy Todd Park, and there we were playing on the train! I’ll post that once I get these tapes converted over to DVD.

  • 4 Blair Cox // Jul 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    A friend sent me this link. Reminds me of Sgt. Pepper cover and Benji’s rendition.

    http://cliptank.com/PeopleofInfluencePainting.htm

  • 5 spitballarmy // Jul 19, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    That is fascinating, Blair. Do you think that Alfred Nobel really played the trumpet?

    The “pairing” of Marilyn Monroe and Yassar Arafat struck me as odd. And what the heck is W. doing with that telescope?!

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