I took this picture a few summers ago when Dave and I were on our way to Gatlinburg, TN on vacation. We had just gotten into the Smoky Mountains and stopped for gas (and probably soda, candy bars, Combos and a potty break). I looked up on the way back to the car and spotted what appeared to be an abandoned ferris wheel just randomly sticking out of the trees.
Unlike those crazy kids in slasher movies, our first thought was not “Oh, let’s go find out what the deal is with that creepy-ass abandoned ferris wheel. Boy, I hope we don’t get murdered by an ax wielding clown!”
No, our first thought was “Yeah, let’s get the hell out of here and I hope it’s not as creepy in Gatlinburg.”
I am happy to report it was not, but had it’s own level of scary. Like, fried Twinkies, moonshine, and the Hollywood Star Cars Museum scary. For my Wisconsin peeps – imagine the strip in Wisconsin Dells on steroids.
We did have fun though. Here are a few more oddballs from the Hollywood Stars Cars Museum.
A few years ago I took my first trip to Boston for work. While I was there, I went on a duck tour (not a tour to learn about water fowl, but a tour of the city on a restored WWII amphibious army truck). Now, I’m no stranger to duck rides having gone on them a few times in Wisconsin Dells, but I was totally new to Boston and the duck tour was a fun, quick way to have my first lesson.
I took several photos on the tour (most of them fuzzy) but this is by far my favorite, because it’s ME! In my yellow duck! I took this photo of our reflection in one of the buildings. You can see me – I’m over the word “Boston” with a camera in front of my face.
Such a tourist!!
Besides snapping photos of dubious value, I learned a bit about the history of Boston and we drove past some amazing looking downtown shops. My rep had to physically restrain me as we passed a window filled with gorgeous handbags. Which I’m kinda still mad about but whatever.
Have you ever been tempted to leap from a moving vehicle for a snazzy handbag? Do you like to say “snazzy”? If you say “snazzy” over and over again, does it start to sound weird? Of did it sound weird to begin with and you think I’m a freak?
This week, I am mixing my challenges together for one supreme entry!
Below is something both oddball and industrial, so this is my single entry for two of Cee’s photo challenges – Fun Foto and Odd Ball. Maybe I should have made it in black and white and then I could have added it to three of them! You know, I just tried it in black and white and it looks kind of cool….
Anyway, here is my entry – this was taken a couple of summers ago at one of our small local lakes.
WHAT THE HECK AM I????
I think I know what it is, but if anyone wants to take a stab at it’s true identity, let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out the other entries by clicking here and here.
Meanwhile, I will be snuggled under a few blankets, dreaming about this warm summer day.
Before we moved, we lived close to a community trail that I often used for biking or walking my ankle biters. Last spring, I found this random kitchen chair along the side of the trail. It was shortly after all the snow melted, which is when odd items previously snow bound reveal themselves in the melt.
But a chair? How was this even out there? Was it abandoned by it’s mother, a frightened young table who didn’t know where to turn? Or was it running away from a hoard of toddlers armed with permanent markers and blunt scissors, hoping for a better life in the wild? We may never know.
It was gone the next time I wandered down the trail. I can only hope it found a safe haven, and wasn’t hustled by a used wood-peddler and sold into the sleazy diner trade.
Running away from home or abandoned by it’s mother?
I had to think a little bit about what I wanted to use for my Odd Ball Photo Challenge entry, until I ran across this one. Coming off of a very decisive Packers win against the Bears, this turned out to be a no brainer.
But we still love Jay Cutler.
No idea whose van this was, but the sentiments are shared by most Packers fans. Photo was taken in February, 2010, when I went with some friends to Lambeau Field to welcome home our Super Bowl Champions.
Only in Green Bay will people stand for hours in the freezing cold just to see a bus full of football players, and take an odd sort of pride in it. Can’t help it – we love our team and our city.
Here comes da bus!
It certainly helps that many of our parents and grandparents remember the early years. In fact, some of us even had a grandfather who went to high school with Curly Lambeau.
Curly Lambeau – first row on the left. Cliff Conard – exact middle of the back row.
My odd ball photo this week features a bathroom door in Custer State Park, South Dakota, taken last summer when The Daver and I were there on vacation. In itself – not so odd. Until one notices Chuck Norris. I felt much safer, knowing Chuck had my back. Nobody was going to catch ME with my pants down!
Chuck Norris doesn’t flush the toilet…
…he scares the crap out of it!
For more fun Odd Ball Photos, visit Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge page and scroll thru the comments to click on other’s entries.
I know – Sue the Oddball is not exactly a ‘stretch’, but this is more about oddball photos, not me being an oddball. This is Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, and the theme is to submit photos that just don’t seem to ‘belong’ to any genre or theme.
Here is my submission:
When we first moved into our house last spring, I walked past this smooshed up can every day when I walked the dogs. I would smile because it looked like a goofy face to me (hopefully you can see it too, and I’m not the only weirdo). Finally, I took a picture of it, not really sure why except it kept staring at my every doggone day. Well, now it has a purpose! Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge!
I plan on having an actual blog post this Thursday. Thank you for being patient during my summer hiatus!!