Thursday, December 5, 2013

Savannah on my mind

Savannah is one of those places you can return to time after time and find something new with each visit. I spent my three days off at Thanksgiving there, hoping it would be as good as I remembered, and it was.

My discovery this time was a locksmith's shop, Bradley's. It reminded me so much of Busy Bee Hardware in Detroit that I had to go in.

Who could resist a place with witty sayings like the ones on the sign?

In addition to scissors and knives, get your axes sharpened here too. I know there's a legit reason for sharp axes, so why did Lizzie Borden immediately come to mind?

The owner is a collector, as evidenced by the shoeshine chairs to the right. Why does he have them? Well, silly, it's a place for customers to wait while their keys/locks/axes are being attended to.

If he don't got it, you don't need it. See the skate key on the lower right? Who's old enough to know what it's for? The answer "skates" doesn't count.

Across the room from the red chairs is this collection. No idea. No idea why, no idea what. Just no idea.

I didn't see this on my way in, my eyes too busy looking through the door, but caught it on my way out.

If you saw my post on Tucumcari, New Mexico, you know I love old signs. The fading signs like the first two are called Ghost Signs, I think. If not, they should be. I love spotting them and catching them in pixels because they won't last forever.

Nicely preserved, don't you think?

Savannah is a very walkable city, and going through the neighborhoods always rewards with scenery like this. I'm not sure I'd like my garden wide open to public view, but I appreciate the people who allow me to admire their property.

Detail from a county building.

Pirate's House was full up for Thanksgiving dinner so I went on Wednesday instead. It turned out to be a good thing because while walking around on Thursday night, I saw lots of flashing lights on lots of fire trucks on the street next to the restaurant. A nice guy took my picture while I waited for my meal. I appreciated his shaky hand because it blurs the lines and wrinkles. I'm a little wind-blown, in case you're wondering about the coiffure.

It was cold and it was cloudy most of the time but a walk along River Street when it cleared some showed me this nice sunset.

There was also time for Bonaventure Cemetery. Remember Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? Weird movie. This is the place where some of the action took place. The "Bird Girl" statue from the cover of the book and shown at the end of the movie has been moved to a city museum because she was being loved to death. 

Here are just a couple of views from Bonaventure. I can't wait until I can go back.


Thought of the day:
I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the City of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty guns and plenty of ammunition, also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton. (William Tecumseh Sherman, to President Lincoln, when he captured Savannah in December, 1864.)