What’s happening? Yesterday my post had a half of a person in it, and today there are two whole people. Wow. Believe me, I am as surprised by this as you are.
I sat in this spot for a while, watching a steady stream of people perch on that stone ledge to have their photo taken. Most of them were in poses similar to the one here, which made me start to wonder how they all know that’s The One Right Way To Sit – is there a guidebook or something?
But these two had an added value, of a sort, with the photo-taker also striking a pose.
In 1992, the town of Plainview stood in for fictitious Rustwater, Kansas, in the Steve Martin movie Leap of Faith; the scenes inside a diner were actually filmed in what is now called Broadway Brews.
Yesterday, I took myself on a little road trip and found myself in Plainview in the very same diner.
1. The water tower still says Rustwater, Kansas.
2. And the brick wall on the alley side of Broadway Brews has a mural that references the movie.
“Catenary*” is a word I learned in architecture school and haven’t used since. Obviously that degree was well worth the my time and my parents’ money!
But it was still in my head, all these years later**, and when I looked at the arc of those curtains and the arcs of the power line shadows, it popped up.
*Catenary = a curve formed by a wire, rope, or chain hanging freely from two points and forming a U shape.
**Here are some things from architecture school that didn’t stick around in my head: anything involving calculus or structural design, most of architectural history, the difference between a muntin and a mullion, and whatever the hell hegemony is.