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NEOPRIMITIVE NOTES FROM THE FIELD: The Deep South Motel

Posted by Kimberly on May 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM


  I have walked past this sign near my house at least a hundred times before finally remembering to bring a picture-taking device along with me. This sign has always held such mystery to me--offering a glimpse of the sacred admist an extremely profane stretch of Airline Highway road. 


  Not only is this stretch of road unattractive and stressful for pedestrians and motorists alike, but I have found that it is ill-advised to appear too happy while walking along it. Even wearing jeans and tennis shoes, this can be taken as a sign that you are "slinging it" and a pickup truck driver may slow down, beep their horn, and pull into a parking lot to indicate interest.  I always feel like saying "Mister, if I was slinging it, I wouldn't be this happy" but I guess that is part of the "act" in these scenarios.


  In any case, the neglect suggested by the weather-beaten sign here is belied by the tender care given to the lovely little palm tree. And the back of the sign is my favorite, with it's wise old owl watching over us, his wisdom available to any who are willing and able to listen.




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