52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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5. Bird’s Eye View (Week 14)

“Veni, vidi, vici.” – “I came, I saw, I conquered”.   ~ spoken by Gaius Julius Caesar

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Vulcan is the Roman God of the forge.  The giant Vulcan statue in Birmingham was created to represent the industrial strength of the region.  And you can climb to the top to get a bird’s eye view of downtown.

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Of course, we took the elevator!

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21. Industrial (Week 13)

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”  ~ Henry Kissinger ~

While visiting Birmingham, Alabama, a few weeks ago, we followed the recommendation of TripAdvisors and visited the Sloss Furnaces.  We read that this was an industrial museum.  There is no admission fee and, after checking in, you are free to wander around on your own.  If you are into architecture, industry, or photography – this is a place you must see.

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The city of Birmingham was formed to exploit the raw mineral resources of the area. Every ingredient necessary – coal, limestone, iron ore – to make iron was found within a 30 mile radius. In the 1870s, after a long financial depression, demand for industrial products was picking up throughout the nation. Agriculture had been the basis for Alabama’s economy, but the demand for cotton on the world market had declined causing people in the rural areas to seek out work in the mines, mills, and blast furnaces. Birmingham soon grew into the South’s leading city for heavy industry.

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Due to plastic pipe, ductile iron, foreign industry, and the Clean Air Act of 1970, Sloss Furnaces closed in 1971. In 1977 voters approved a bond to convert the furnaces into an industrial museum. Work commenced to restore the site and make it accessible to the public. Currently it is the only twentieth century blast furnace in the nation being preserved as an industrial museum.

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Sloss Furnaces is used as a backdrop for many concerts and community events.  As we wandered around the site, we came across preparations for their annual haunted house.  Incidentally, the site has been featured on Ghost Hunters.  I thought it would be appropriate to post this theme today, on Halloween.

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44. Speed (Week 12)

“Direction is more important than speed. We are so busy looking at our speedometers that we forget the milestone….”

This replica of one of the 1969 Harley-Davidson Captain America choppers used in the movie “Easy Rider” is on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

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Earlier this month my husband and I took a short vacation to Birmingham, Alabama.  The purpose was to go to the Annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park.  In years past, my husband has ridden his motorcycle up with friends to enjoy the motorcycle races and vendors, as well as spending hours wandering five floors of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.  This year I opted to join him and we made it a car trip.

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While we waited on races to begin, I watched  antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles speed around in this “wall of death.”  The Wall of Death is a vintage live action thrill show within a silo-shaped wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter that motorcycle daredevils perform acrobatic and trick riding in.  Onlookers could watch from the top of a 14 foot board wall.  As they sped around in circles and reached the top rim of the motor drome, I couldn’t help but step back from the wall as I felt the wind of the motorcycles passing inches away from us.

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We knew we would meet up with friends who also rode up for the weekend to watch as vintage motorcycles from all over the world came to race.  It was especially fun to watch as Denny Poneleit, from Sarasota, raced around the track and captured 3rd place.  The next day we left for home, but we heard he took 1st place in his race that day.

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52. Winter Landscape (Week 45)

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”  ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~

Hmm… Winter Landscape – how am I suppose to show a typical wintery scene when I live on the sunny gulf coast of Sarasota, Florida???  I guess I’m just going to have to use some photos from when relatives came down to get out of their winter in January/February of this year.   IMG_4258 My cousin Don and his wife Juli came down from Minnesota.  We took a drive down beautiful Casey Key and then enjoyed some sunshine at the North Jetty in Venice.  I was amazed how many folks were just sitting in chairs along the banks of the Jetty.  If we asked, I’d bet they’d say they were from Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York! IMG_4268   Juli got her toes in the sand and then we did some shelling before heading for  lunch under the tiki bar at Spanish Pointe in Osprey.  What a great way to spend the afternoon with our northern cousins. IMG_4240   Uncle Gene and his wife Edie came down for several weeks from Wisconsin.  Edie wasn’t too steady on her feet, so we went to Turtle Beach at the south end of Siesta Key to take a look, but we didn’t walk it. IMG_4195   IMG_4199 And after stopping for dinner, Uncle Gene wanted to get some Florida postcards to send back up to snowy Bayfield Wisconsin. IMG_4299   IMG_4262


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40. Simplicity (Week 38)

“Engine engine number 9, going down Chicago line.  If the train should leave the track, do you want your money back?”  “One potato, two potato, three potato, four;  five potato, six potato, seven potato, ‘oer.”    ‘…My mother told me to choose the very best one and out goes you.” ~ How children choose who is “It” ~

A stop at Cracker Barrel can take you back, way back, to a time when life was simpler.  The rocking chairs invite you to pull up by the fireplace or on the porch and play a game of checkers.  The triangle peg games on the tables take you back to a time before the internet, ipads, and  cell phones…   A time of simple games, sitting on the curb;  playing hide and seek, hopscotch, Simon Says, red light green light, and kickball until after dark.  And so we ended our “Maids on the Trace” vacation with lunch at Cracker Barrel – our final stop over the  Memorial Day weekend.  Next stop  – Home Sweet Home.

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45. Statue (Week 36)

“I never felt poor. There were always shoes to wear and food to eat — yet I knew there were things my parents did without just to make sure I was clothed and fed. “ ~ Elvis Presley ~

At milepost 260.0, we exited the Natchez Trace Parkway to go to Tupelo, Mississippi.  We rode through town in search of the birthplace of Elvis.  Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935, in this modest two-room house built by his father Vernon.

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Also on the site is a life-size statue of Elvis at age 13.

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Many travelers make a pilgrimage to Tupelo to visit the birthplace of “The King of Rock and Roll”, and this complex has evolved to include the ’39 Plymouth the family  drove when they  moved to Memphis, a chapel, an outhouse, and a museum.  I wish I could’ve taken  more time in Tupelo.  I hear there is a larger-than-life size statue in the center of town which depicts a popular photo of Elvis.  One hand holds a microphone and the other hand is reaching out to fans.  If there is a next time, perhaps I’ll visit the hardware where Elvis bought his first guitar and Johnny’s Drive In to see the booth where Elvis liked to sit and all of the memorabilia on the walls.  But this trip, we had miles to cover and people to meet!

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8. Differences (Week 35)

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” ~Henry Miller ~

As we were pulled off in a rest area on the Natchez Trace Parkway, we watched as a group of vintage cars pulled in.  I was struck by the differences of their mode of recreational travel and ours.

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