Posts Tagged: Big Things

Big Things – Las Vegas’ Wheel of Misfortune

Via – My Modern Metropolis: Las Vegas’ Wheel of Misfortune. Street artist Aware decided to take a “glass half empty” approach and humorously created a giant non-spinning Wheel of Misfortune at an old magnesium plant – appropriately located in Las Vegas.

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Coolest roadside attractions

Courtesy of guyism.com, Coolest roadside attractions | Cadillac Ranch | Largest ball of twine: 10. Martini Drinking Elephant – Fortville, Indiana 9. Bigfoot Discovery Museum – Felton, California 8. Jimmy Carter Peanut – Plains, Georgia 7. 7 POPS Diner – Arcadia, Oklahoma 6. Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum – Jupiter, Florida 5. W’eel Turtle Sculpture-

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Published Photographer

I completely failed to mention this before, but I’ve had several more of my photos published. Previously, my pictures were in Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff by Dick Wolfsie. Recently, some of my Route 66 photos were published in the Journal for the Society of Commercial Archeology (yes, a real

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Giant Inflatable Dog Crap Escapes Moorings, Wreaks Havoc

I shit you not — Paul McCartney American Artist Paul McCarthy created, for an art exhibit called “East of Eden: A Garden Show” at the Paul Klee Art Center in Switzerland, a giant inflatable dog shit balloon. On July 31, it was the victim of high winds and blew several hundred meters, damaging power lines

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Damn, where’d all my free time go?

I’m sitting here making out our “To Do” list for this weekend, which includes: Putting together new treadmill discarding non-functioning television putting loads of stuff on ebay or craigslist. taking all the recycling to the recycling center laundry, laundry & more laundry Garrett’s birthday Church on Sunday Visit the rental house & install locks and

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links for 2008-03-21

The Great Illinois Corn Flake Coupon eBay (item 110235071660 end time Mar-21-08 20:16:33 PDT) (tags: bigThings)

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links for 2008-03-01

National Grammar Day: Brought to you by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Vote for the worst grammar. No, I’m not one of the poll items. (tags: Grammar english funny) Feminism 101: “Calling Out Fellow Progressives for Sexism Prevents Unity on the Left” The second installment of Melissa McEwan’s excellent series on basic

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Giant Colgate Clock endangered

One of my favorite “Big Things” – the Colgate Clock – may be endangered. The clock is the second largest in the world. Built in 1924, it sits on top of the Colgate-Palmolive plant in Clarksville, Indiana, near Louisville, Kentucky. We visited in April of 2005 and took photos of the giant clock, which can

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Big Things Photos – Back up and Running

My “Big Things” photo galleries are back up and running, finally, after some coding goofiness. In going through all the new photos, I realized I have hundreds of new ones to put online; I’m further behind on this project than I thought. But I have much easier ways to get them online, so that’s good.

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Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino: 2007 Route 66 caravan to Roswell

As you may know, Stephanie like to drive her New Beetle to Roswell, New Mexico in the summertime for a large New Beetle car show called Roswell2K. It’s been going on since 2000, and Stephanie usually joins a caravan of cars from the east coast to attend the show, and they drive together. Stephanie’s friend

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Home Again

We arrived home yesterday afternoon after a fairly long trip. Before the wedding, we drive out to the countryside to see Big Brutus, the second largest earth mover in the world. It was used in the late sixties and early seventies for strip-mining for coal, before environmental concerns sidelined the giant machine. It’s now a

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Pittsburg, Kansas

We made our way across Missouri today, and into the eastern edge of Kansas, where my aunt Susan and uncle Ron live, with their kids. Sarah is the one getting married tomorrow. Today we photographed: 1. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis (we went up in it!) 2. A giant baseball (we stumbled on this

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St. Louis

So we found the giant catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois (hmm. They have lots of “l”s in their name). I have photos to upload of that shortly. Then we headed further towards St. Louis, intending to find a hotel and restaurant, then head out to find a couple of big things. But we noticed a

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Foot High Pies

We’re stopping at the Blue Springs Restaurant near Highland, Illinois, because they advertise foot-high pies. And we discovered they have free wifi at this gloriously gingham-bedecked country-fied cafe. They also offer “Ho-made” pork sausage and “Ho-made” mashed potatoes. I didn’t realize hos were such good cooks. We took pictures of the foot-high pies (whose towering

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Road Trip

I’m just now realizing that in all of the concern and activity around the house, I totally failed to mention that I’m on vacation for a week so we can drive out to my cousin’s wedding in Pittsburg, Kansas. We’re taking 1-70 across Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri; and from there, we’re taking I-44 down

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Muffler Man Deconstructed

Kyla sent me a link to this picture from the San Fransciso Gate’s Day in Pictures: “Saving face: Gene Lanich normally maintains a brisker pace in Springfield, Ill., but lately he’s been hampered by a large Bunyan. A weekend windstorm decapitated a statue of the legendary lumberjack at a local eatery.” So sad. Hoping that

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Giant Shoes

Cool, a new big thing for me to photograph: Giant basketball shoes being placed around Indianapolis. Update – I caught a photo of one of these; will have them up soon.

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Welcome, WISH-TV Viewers

If you’re here because you saw Dick Wolfsie’s report on the news this morning, thanks for thinking of me. My pictures of “Big Things” are here. I think when I talked to Dick I mentioned some “Lost Big Things” that I took pictures of at one time or another which are no longer around. I

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1st Place 2005 Journalism: Commonplacebook.com

I’m going to be on WISH-TV’s morning news on Friday morning for my “Big Things” photographs again. I did an updated interview with Dick Wolfsie a few weeks ago, and it will air then. So check me out being all famous and stuff. On top of that… I won first place in the (original link,

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So Dick Wolfsie called me this morning…

From WISH-TV morning news. We’re going to do another interview about my “Big Things” photography, on June 29th. This time we’re going to film first and they’ll put it all together and broadcast it, and they’ll go grab shots of some of my favorite stuff around the city. I have to decide which Big Thing

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Hidden Indy: The Mystery Tao on Delaware

Back in the early nineties, I lived in the Marleigh Apartment building in the 1400 block of Delaware in downtown Indianapolis, which is in Old Northside neighborhood. Across the street was an impressive array of old Victorian houses with all the gingerbread and other bling they put on houses back in the 1800’s. I used

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Giant Red Arrow Coming to Indianapolis

A 750-pound, 10-foot-high, 18-foot-long and 8-foot-wide red arrow will travel around Indianapolis to major events throughout the year, to highlight arts and sporting events, building projects and other big attractions, according to Grant County’s Chronicle Tribune, which provides a list of events where the giant red arrow is scheduled to appear. There’s also a list

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Big Things Updates

In preparation for the Nuvo article coming out this week, I’ve been working on and updating my Big Things web pages. I added photos of the big things I took in Valparaiso over the holidays, and updated and added some other photos. The only thing I haven’t added are the pictures my brother Todd gave

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Not Fooling Anybody – Photo site

A photo gallery of bad architectural store front conversions. This is great. I think there are a few of these in Indianapolis, so now I have a new photo collection hobby to take up, right after Big Things, bizarre stuff, places I’ve lived, graffiti & murals (not yet posted) and the all new Dangerous Intersections.

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Rock in Tree (Gobbler’s Rock)

In Yellowwood State Forest, there’s a giant limestone boulder in a tree. Back in 2001, I went looking for this, because I had heard of it on RoadsideAmerica.com. A refrigerator sized limestone rock, 40 feet high in a tree. This 1,000 pound wonder sways with the wind way up in an oak tree in the

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Barney, Beloved Beagle and TV Favorite, Dies at 14

I just heard on the news that Barney the Beagle, the longtime partner of TV personality Dick Wolfsie, from channel 8 News, died on Friday at the grand old age of 14. I’ll miss you Barney. I got to meet Barney back in January of 2002 when I was on the news with Dick Wolfsie

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Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday, dear me. Happy Birthday to me. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, today is my birthday. Yesterday, I had someone come up to me and say “I recognize you from somewhere.” And after we went through a big list of places (work, college, high school,

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Sky City / Pyramid City urban development projects

Some stuff I’ll have to photograph – Discovery Channel’s Engineering the Impossible – someday. Tokyo’s Sky City It would house 35,000 residents and host 100,000 daily workers, students and visitors. This space-age city in the sky might seem like science fiction, but it answers some questions about where humans might live as our most crowded

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I’m Going To Be on TV

So, yes, I’m going to be on television at 5:50 am tomorrow morning, on channel 8 Daybreak news, with Dick Wolfsie and Barney the Dog. He’s interviewing me about my Big Things Photo Gallery from the Ralph’s Muffler shop on 16th street where Mr. Bendo is located. Set your VCR!!!

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So I’m back at work

So I’m back at work after my two-week vacation and my big-fat road trip extravaganza. Yipeee! I had a great party, and a great time, but it’s good to be back to my 130 + work-related e-mails. Swell. Plus I’m in my new cubicle after the latest move at work (happened right before I left).

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My sister’s home from England

My sister’s home from England and staying with me. Cool. I took a road-trip to Muncie, Indiana to take pictures of big things — found a few. 🙂 I started packing to move last night. I’m getting excited about the new place.

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weekend update 2001-01-30

1) Went to see Barbara Higbie & Suzanne Westenhoeffer in concert Friday night. Barbara was great and I talked to her mom afterwards. After the concert, I went to Utopia [2019-04-16: former lesbian bar in Indianapolis] and hung out with my friend Jennie. 2) Went with my brother and sister-in-law to an antique mall on

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Big Things Photos

Giant horses, enormous cows, men that tower over the skyline… some of them are permanent fiberglass structures, some temporary inflatables, almost all of them are advertisements for a business. They’re cool, and I take pictures of them. Where Are They? So far, I’ve covered Indianapolis with the help of family, friends and helpful strangers who’ve

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