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Office in alley

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Sometimes the words, by themselves, make good sense. But then, when they’re stuck together…

That’s the case here. Midland. Supply. Library. Office. In. Alley. All good, useful words; you may have even used a couple of them yourself! But when they become a sign that says Midland Supply Library. Office in Alley? I’ve got nothing.

And to compound the confusion, I was IN the alley and didn’t see anything that looked even remotely office-y.

Midland, Texas
photographed 8.23.2014

Skylight

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You know what I did here?

Yep. I went around back. The front of the place was boring. The back wasn’t.

Just between us, I like to think of those two light fixtures as “building polyps.” I realize that’s not a real thing, but maybe it should be.

Midland, Texas
photographed 8.23.2014

There was some weather, #3

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I took a little road trip the other day, and drove for many miles just behind this storm. Eventually I caught it, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked from a distance.

The next day, there was a line of storms on the eastern horizon. They were there all day, and it never seemed like my location changed in relation to them. That made the day seem a lot longer than it actually was.

near Perryton, Texas
photographed 8.28.2014

Stairway to…9th Street

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What a graceful stairway! It connects the rarely-used plaza level of the Civic Center with pedestrian-unfriendly 9th Street.

As we say about failed architecture, “I guess it looked good on paper.”

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 8.16.2014

The after-hours club

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Usually when I am out shooting, passersby don’t engage me in conversation.

On this particular day, though, an older man driving a pickup pulled over as I was shooting the old drive in from the other day. Our conversation:

Him: Do you remember what used to be here?
Me: No, sir. I’m from out of town, so I don’t know anything about it.
Him: Well, it used to be one of them after hours clubs. You know the kind I mean – the ones that didn’t even open until all of them other ones had closed. There was a lot going on here.
Me: How long ago did it close down?
Him: How long? Oh, it’s been closed forever.

Now, at this point I had seen three of the four sides of the place and was still under the impression that it was a drive in, so I wasn’t too sure he knew what he was talking about. But after he drove off, I looked in a broken window on the side I’d not yet explored…and then I believed him.

He came back around a few minutes later, pulling up close to where I was standing. This time he said, “Are you looking to buy anything?”

I was afraid to delve any further into that. It can’t have been good, right?!

Midland, Texas
photographed 8.23.2014

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