Tuesday, October 20, 2015

From Kansas to Colorado

We roll along on the small roads through the middle of the country. This old storefront is in Russell, Kansas. The sign at the top once said "BETHLEHEM."

The sign for the "Sky Vu" drive-in theater still stands in a field of sorghum—minus the movie screen. As we stop for a photo, there's a plastic skeleton hand backscratcher sitting in the grass. 

Heading farther west along the pioneer trails, we stop at a food supermarket. The magazine section has plenty of titles about guns, but not a single one about either art or science. 


K_tigress said...

Not much of a place for intellectuals. But a great place for zombies? ;) But I guess you take what you can get. Still some very good stuff for inspirations story wise. :)
Old buildings are interesting aren't they? Who knows what secrets they hide.

krystal said...

Right to bear arms...God Bless America! :)

Kelly Toon said...

Some would argue that there is both art and science in weaponry.

Johnny Shumate said...

I'll take the gun magazines...I'm a military artist and need plenty of pics of various firearms..!

krystal said...

Me too..give me the guns! Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Actually, I know a LOT of engineers who own and are fans of guns (coincidentally, a lot of photographers, also), and their interest in science started with building cars and shooting guns (or the famous cliche; musicians who needed to fix their amps, etc).
One of the last classes I attended building PCBs (printed circuit boards) was taught by a guy who found a great new type of wipes that is actually used by people who fire guns and need to get the lead off of their hands.
Also, a lot of my machining class was into guns, too. I think it's more interesting that where you grow up/type of community has a huge impact on what you choose to study/ what you choose to be. For example, in school, we had a tonne of Zimbabweans and Ethiopians who decided to go into medicine, because that was something their society was in dire need of in certain communities.
It is almost an anomaly for someone who grew up in extreme poverty to study painting at a very expensive art school, for example. In that case, it is considered a privilege or luxury.
If your dad worked in a Foundry, at least one child might have ended up doing such a job, or as a machinist, welder or engineer. We have an aspiring engineer in one of my classes who grew up right next to Langley, and he said he pretty much grew up walking around Nasa like it was no big deal (this was before 9/11).

Rich said...

"A picture tells more than a thousand words"-)

Anonymous said...

FYI: The "Bethlehem" store was apparently an oilfield supply store, Bethlehem Supply. It was a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel (in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), once America's second largest steel producer (after US Steel). It declared bankruptcy in 2001, and was later dissolved. These supply stores were once a common sight throughout the oilfields of North America.

Anonymous said...

A further comment: The reason I said "apparently" in the above comment is because Bethlehem's official colors were black and yellow, and that was the color used on their supply stores too. Someone must have painted the blue color on this one later. A trivial issue but the picture brings back a lot of memories for me.