Friday, August 24, 2007

Bayliss Park Fountain ...

I have a thing for fountains ...

... I don't know why ...

I just do. :)

The fountain at the Heartland Of America Park is awesome ... almost to the point of being overwhelming.

The Walnut Hill fountain is way cool.

The newly-installed Bayliss Park Fountain is both awesome and way cool!

High - energy !

Explosive! (Dare I say orgasmic?) :)

Tree rats. :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bright, bold buildings ...

Certain buildings just scream at you, demanding your attention ...

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Remembering the Ranch Bowl ...

It's a bowling alley! No, it's a volleyball court!

It's a pool hall! No, it's a concert hall!

It's a recording studio! No, it's a radio station!

It's a nightclub! No, it's a video arcade!

STOP! You're right! All of you! :)

Yes, it's been a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing it's never been is a big-box store. That will change, unfortunately.

This eclectic bowling alley-cum-nightspot-cum-entertainment complex will soon vanish from south 72nd. St. to make way for (said while trying to avoid regurgitation) yet another Wally World. :(

Many know it as the home of their bowling or volleyball league.

Some know it as a Friday after-work gathering spot to kick back and have a drink -- or a few drinks -- or many drinks.

Others know it as the nightspot where their first date or solo trip turned into a relationship.

Still others know it as a concert venue for local, regional, and national groups. Little Feat, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warren Zevon just to name a few. And (not to show my true age), local icons such as The Rumbles.

Through this crumbling porte-cochere strutted the likes of John Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

Yes, the complex has hosted a recording studio. One friend says two of them at various times.

And what headbanger can forget {edit} 93.3 K-ROCK? Uh-huh, studios right here!

Wally World? That's progress? Yeah, right! :(