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December 20, 2009 / rediflex

Announcement

I apologize for being an absentee the past few months.  I’ve moved and taken two jobs, so that’s been eating up a large chunk of my time.  I plan to come back in force after the new year, when hopefully my hectic shedule has died down a bit.  In the meantime, here is a teaser from my new hometown.

This ivy grows on many of the historic downtown buildings. It turns a lovely bright red in mid-fall.

October 20, 2009 / rediflex

Downtown Troy, Pt. 2

There is a lot of interest to be found in an old surface.  The ways that time alters something new into something old when no one interferes in the process leaves a unique mark on the world.  It makes you think, because if there were suddenly no one left to keep up our edifices and machinery, how long would it take before it all crumbled away to dust?  (I’m aware that there is a show on television that covers such subjects, but I don’t have cable and rarely watch TV, even when I do.)  I discovered this lovely doorway on one of my wanders about in Historic Downtown.  The weathering and time have taken away a lot of the finish on the lower part of the door, leaving a greenish blue tint behind them.

A weathered entryway.

A weathered entryway.

Of course, I have altered the image to bring out the blues a bit.  This was taken on a day with a cold grey sky, so the colors didn’t come up the way I would have liked.

In other news, I worked two short shifts at the bistro yesterday, and have discovered that I am no longer used to being on my feet for long periods of time.  Of course, the brand-new shoes probably didn’t help much.  Today I am driving down to Cincinnati to pick up some laundry and other things.  Not looking forward to all the driving, which is probably why I am procrastinating by posting all this.  But there is good cause for all these long posts.  I’m attempting to get used to doing larger quantities of writing each day, as I intend to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  I need to get myself in gear here, as I need to work on the outline for the story some tonight.  Good idea, I think, to have some of the story thought out and committed to paper/binary/whatever, so that I have less chance of hitting Major Writer’s Block.  I’ve never written a fiction story before, and other than blog posts, the longest thing I’ve written is a haiku.  So this is definitely going to be a challenge.  Better give myself every advantage I can.  For those of you unaware of NaNo, the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  It’s not really a competition, as long as you hit the 50k mark, you win.  I think having the challenge will help me to really complete this story.  Wish me luck!

October 14, 2009 / rediflex

Downtown Troy, Pt. 1

Although the lighting wasn’t optimal for photography on this particular day, I went ahead and did some shots.  Sometime, when I get a good sunny day I’ll have to set out early and capture some of these things in better lighting.  Of course, being autumn in Ohio, who knows when that might be.  In the meantime, here is a very nice shot of the side of The Caroline building leading into the square:

The Caroline on the Square:  Troy, Ohio

The Caroline on the Square: Troy, Ohio

In other good news, I landed myself a part-time job.  Now, I need to locate a dwelling that suits me.  I may just try to do online sales of my photography and handmade jewelry and craft sort of things as well, once I get myself established up here.

I’ve got a wedding to attend this halloween, and it’s a costume/masquerade theme.  I don’t really have a lot of cash to go blowing on a new costume, so I’m going to wear this red formal gown that I picked up for cheap at a Goodwill last year, and a nice masquerade mask.  I’ve checked out etsy and saw some stuff I liked, but I can’t really afford $100 for a mask.  So I’m going to make one for myself.  I’m guessing I’ll be making one for Jeff as well.  I’m looking quite forward to it!  It’s been awhile since I’ve been really excited at all about a project, or much of anything.  Hopefully, things will keep heading in an upward direction for me!

October 10, 2009 / rediflex

Wanderings Pt. 2

More things discovered out on the road this time.

Driving between Cincinnati and Dayton seems to be the majority of mileage put on my car this year.  For the most part, I am okay with this fact.  Except for the day I drove to Tipp City and two trucks blew tires out in front of me on the same trip.  I started to wonder then about the frequency of trips and how likely I am to get myself into something ugly.

This photo was taken from the passenger seat of Jeff’s car, as we were on our way into Cincinnati to see some live music at one of my favorite bars.  Not long after this image was captured, we ran into quite the spot of rain.

Beauty Before the Storm

Beauty Before the Storm

Often, we pull off the road and into car dealerships.  Usually this is because Jeff has spotted something he wishes he could have.  In this case, it was a pale mint green 60’s Ford Mustang.  Of course, while he ooohs and aaahs over his new obsession, I tend to poke about and see what’s hiding elsewhere.  This particular lot had a garage full of things that were drool-worthy but, with the garage not being open, a bit hard to capture.  Standing out by an old hauler was an even older truck.  I’d take this before the Mustang any day, just so you know.

If I could only take you home with me.

If I could only take you home with me.

That’s all for pictures today.  I’ve got some job hunting to do.

October 6, 2009 / rediflex

Firemen on Tractors Crossing?

Some of the signs you see in rural areas are great.  (See for instance, the post with the exploding barn in it.)  This one I saw while Jeff and I were out for a drive somewhere in the vicinity of New Carlisle, Ohio.  I made him stop the car so I could get a quick snap of it.  Turned out pretty well for a “oh I have to catch this one quick!” sort of thing.

Strange choice of hat for the farmer, yes?  Maybe he's a volunteer fireman.

Strange choice of hat for the farmer, yes? Maybe he's a volunteer fireman.

September 20, 2009 / rediflex

Out on the Road

I’ve been staying with my boyfriend mostly since my unemployment.  It’s a bit more like camping in his living room since he is moving and has completely emptied the house out.  As such, he has no internet service at this time, so I’ve been wandering the Troy area in search of new coffeehouses to try out and borrow internet service from.  A few places I had connectivity issues with, and have seen another one today while walking around downtown that I’ll need to try out sometime.  For the moment, I’m sitting at Boston Stoker on 55 in Troy, enjoying a delicious Ghirardelli Caramel Latte, iced of course, as I seem to be having a slight obsession with iced lattes lately.  This coffeehouse is part of a chain, however, it lacks the “chain coffeehouse” feel with its eclectic interior design.  Instead of regimented chairs and tables that are all cohesive and matching, There are little clusters of seating dotted here and there, some of the groups are matched pieces, and others are a bit more “thrown together”.  My favorite set is the cream painted wicker armchairs and loveseat with the two matching ottomans set together to form a coffeetable.  The paint is chipped and peeling, giving it a wonderful distressed look.

I walked around Troy today to see what there was to see.  The very first time I ever visited Troy I immediately fell in love.  Since I am now in the market for a job, I am seeking it in the Dayton and points northward areas, specifically I’d love to live in Troy.  Yesterday was the “Taste of Troy” festival, and although I couldn’t go too crazy because of my financial situation, let me tell you that the Bakehouse makes an amazing Tiramisu.  We also tried out the Katsu curry from Sakai and it was delicious.  My shirt even got to try some… I hope it comes out in the wash!

September 19, 2009 / rediflex

Bridges Pt. 1

Just a small post for today, I’m out of town and working from my laptop which is a bit limiting.  I’ve been laid off from my job and am out roaming the Troy, Ohio area.  Today was the “Taste of Troy” festival so Jeff and I went to check it out.  The Bakehouse has absolutely killer Tiramisu.  This served as a reminder that one of these days I need to do some photography in Historic Downtown Troy.  I love it there and hopefully someday I’ll be able to move to the area near the square.

On to today’s photo:  This was taken in Maysville, Kentucky – which, by the way, also has an amazing Historic Downtown.  Photo is of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River.  Maysville is another place I’d like to live if the opportunity arose.  This is actually a slightly older photo from a trip to Maysville in 2008.  I’ve got more recent ones that I’ll get to eventually.

Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge: Maysville, Kentucky

Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge: Maysville, Kentucky