Ballet of Violence
Americans love the "long ball" in baseball, but that's a violent swat on a ball. In baseball there's also the thrill of seeing spikes flying and a violent collision as the catcher blocks the home plate. Not to mention the violence of boxing -- especially if there are two big heavyweights trying to knock each other unconscious.
However, it is football - on all levels - that is the most popular violent sport. It is fast, hard hitting, but graceful, beautiful, colorful violence. - as is this ballet in the trenches. A famous quote from the past by a winning coach is 'I want my players to be agile, mobile and hostile" by Jake Gaither of Florida A&M. It is only lately - due to concussion issues - that there is a crack in looking at this violent ballet differently. Just passing by a wide field - no High School in sight.
Chicago Fire Filming
Driving down 79th Street, people were lined up looking at fire trucks. I saw no smoke and I noticed what looked like a movie being filmed. Police cars were everywhere. I understand. Movies and TV shows bring in a lot of money for the City. It was the TV show - Chicago Fire.There are a lot of shows filmed or at least based on being in Chicago.
The empty lot is on 79th & Rhodes where the Rhodes Theater covered the whole block -- back in the day. It was grand & ornate, with movie stars hand prints in cement in the lobby. Movie houses were big and glamorous, before the theaters moved into shopping centers -- and got smaller and Plain. I think I'll check out Chicago Fire. In my humble opinion, The Untouchables will always be the number one TV series about Chicago, but I don't know whether it was actually filmed here.
The TV show Chicago Fire set on 79th & Rhodes This is a close up shot of the episode being filmed. This was a warm tee-shirt day, as you can see with the crew filming --- but the cast members had on winter coats for the story-line.
High End John
On 78th street there were big white production trucks in line for 2 blocks. (maybe 6 or 7) This John is for the crew of the TV show. (Chicago Fire) It makes those portable tin toilets look like "back in the day" outhouses -- excepting they were made of wood.
I noticed on the 4 doors there were 2 male figures, 1 female figure and one door with a male & female side by side. One can clearly see that more males than females were crew members. I wonder what does the neighborhood get out of this -- for their inconvenience with parking? There might be a few extras jobs. I would like the excitement of a movie or TV show being shot on my street.
I confess. Can't get enough of them. I'm a tree lover too. So I loved the coupling, the tranquility. 120th & Torrence.(Click)
The Living & The Used
Tree Trunks. Among a patch of black-eyed susans. (Click)
Is part of the American Dream about houses coming to an end in the future? You know - bigger, better, burds, a white picket fence and swimming pool in the back in hot States. Did the many people who wanted a house, bigger than they could afford, with no fixed mortgage rates and greedy Banks -- cause the Market crash in 2007? In my opinion this trend won't catch on any more than high gas prices forced Americans to buy smaller cars. Bigger SUVs are everywhere. On the Net, I saw slides of 35 little houses around the Country and the World. They were mostly built by people with money as a vacation home, or a novelty. There are Builders in the USA that specialized in designing and building these small homes. We'll see how the trend holds up in the future. It is un-American not to keep up with the joneses. This is not Japan, there's plenty of land in America. This house is on 76th street about 3 blocks east pass Cottage Grove.
There was a Time
This was a common sight in yesteryears. Back porches of Apartment buildings were filled with clothes drying in the sun & wind. And back yards of single homes had poles with clothes lines and clothes were held on them by a devise called a clothes pin.. Along came Laundries, where one can carry their clothes to be washed and be lightly or heavily starched. This was before laundromats, of course. If a guy had a good girl-friend she would wash, starch and happily iron your 10 shirts for you. That is, if she wanted you to take her, instead of Peggy Sue - to the Drive-In. Things changed after the feminist movement because like Pharoah - So it shall be written, So shall it be done - Women struck down the word "Obey" out of the marriage vows - abandoning their sacred duties. Him, "Baby! iron these shirts for me." -- Her, "Do I look like your mama?" Many a shirt was burned with heavy-handed guys trying to iron a shirt. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but this shot could not reveal the historical knowledge that I graciously shared with thee.
Brick Wall Canvas
I've passed this mural several times. Drawn to its - from the dark-side qualities - of an artist's mind.
Old Wood Canvas
On a wood sign of an artist's studio. Objects recognizable, Kind of 1800s traditional, but still a concept. Maybe?