Welcome to Pell City, Alabama. Starting July 25, 2006, I will not be posting, or even trying to post on a daily basis. PC is a great place, and I don't want to quit altogether. Instead, I'll just try to improve the quality of the site and I'll try to post when I have a good picture or story to tell. Thank you so very much for the encouragement and kind remarks you have given me.
Set the camera, turn it on, remove the lens cap, frame the shot, focus the lens, check the light, adjust the shutter, shoot the picture, transfer the image, look to see what has entered the scene while you were doing your own thing.
The melodious voices the Sirens were alluring to Odysseus and his companions. To the residents of Pell City the sirens can be repelling. They are in place to warn of bad weather, chemical or other dangerous conditions. If you want to hear a sample you can go here.
American's love their cars as evidenced here in the the parking lot of Jack's restaurant in Pell City on a Saturday evening. This is just one row of gathering of sports cars and classics (and a Corvair) which showed up for the local monthly display.
These Goodfellas, Ken Talley and Jeff Lopez, performed at the Pell City Public Library as part of the finale to the Adult Summer Reading Program. They entertained with their interpretations of everything from 'Stars Fell on Alabama' to 'Yakety Sax.' They also played selections from Miles Davis and Kenny G and quoted from Henry Mancini and Lennon/McCartney. Between numbers they recanted humorous events of their past and also discussed interesting points about their instruments and the music they play.
We ate lunch at the airport, and this is one of several planes we saw parked just outside the restaurant. Underneath the middle windshield is the word "Experimental." After lunch we waited while two of the restaurant's patrons left in this vehicle. The wind was right, so they stayed low on the takeoff and came back around for a fly-by before leaving for good. I guess they saw the small crowd watching them, and we appreciated the gesture.
If you have ever heard the phrase "Your Hometown Radio Station," or "Rhythm of the River City" you were probably listening to WFHK radio, 1430 AM. This is the home of the only radio station in Pell City. Their schedule includes sports, Country and Gospel music programs, and lots of local news, but my favorite is the daily "World Famous Swap Shop."
Last night Pell City's Josh Lauderdale kicked-off to the Hillcrest Patriots starting the first home game for the Panthers. The final score was 41-14 giving Pell City two wins and no losses for the season. w00t
It has been a busy week, so I pulled this picture from an old folder. This bridge at Pell City's Lakeside Park connects the swimming and picnic areas with the ball fields across the inlet. Apparently it is also a good spot to take a picture or two.
The photographer in this picture is setting up to shoot her subject, also on the bridge, but behind the trees on the right.
I would like to dedicate this space to those suffering through the effects of Hurricane Katrina which struck the Florida on Aug 25 and the US Gulf Coast on Aug 29. I have no photograph to post for this event, but the following observations.
We have seen numerous caravans of electrical repair trucks passing by on the interstate. Our prayers go with them. The most remote licence plate I saw on those trucks was from Pennsylvania.
An estimated 100 people who were displaced by the storm are currently staying in the Pell City area. Several local organizations are preparing free meals for these neighbors. Tonight the First Baptist Church of Pell City is providing meals at 6:00 PM. Friday at Noon the Eden West Side Baptist Church will providing meals. Friday at 5:00 PM The Shack restaurant is providing meals at the Hampton Inn.
The city of Pell City is collecting non-perishable food items, bottled water, and supplies at City Hall, at the Civic Center, and at Kigroe Funeral Home for shipment to the Louisiana/Mississippi area. Karen Stocks is also coordinating the collection of items for delivery this weekend.
Personal: As my mother was raised in a large family in Baton Rouge, some of my extended family are included in the number who have had extensive property loss. My brother's son has left his home in New Orleans with no forseable plans to return. I was very, very thankful to see him unharmed as he passed through this week.