The cutest little cop car in Asheville

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I was sipping espresso in a downtown Asheville coffee shop when I looked out the window and saw this cute little cop car stopped at a traffic light. I stepped outside and got off this one shot, just as the officer looked my way. A second later, the light changed and he drove off. This officer must have won the fun duty for a day lottery. I can only speculate what’s in the shiny box in back. I like to think it’s an ice chest filled with cold beer, Coke’s and lemonade. That would be in keeping with the serve part of “to protect and serve”.

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Spike

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This very nice young man agreed to pose for me a few days ago in downtown Asheville only after he was assured by one of his friends that I was not a tourist. He didn’t mind being photographed, but he understandably did not want to be treated like a tourist attraction simply because of his unusual personal means of expression and appearance. If I got his name, I have forgotten it. My bad. I’ll update this post later with a name if I can. I asked him how he produced such a fine spiked  Mowhawk and he explained several steps. The last step was an application of Elmer’s glue. Since Elmer’s happens to be one of my software customers, (from my day job) I am pleased to give them a little plug in an unusual context.

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Chilling on a hot day

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No, this is not in Asheville. I’m in Montreal for a few days, and it is much warmer here than it is back home in North Carolina. Montreal is a lovely city. Hope I get some more good shots before I go back south of the border. Any French speakers wanna hang out with me? Get in touch soon. If there is any rock music here, I haven’t found it yet. Heading home on Thursday.

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How hot is it?

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When it’s summer in the South, you start seeing stuff like this. Certainly not a photographic masterpiece, but I like the irreverent humor.

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This is a test

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Yesterday evening was the second time I’ve encountered Jessie from Augusta on the streets of Asheville, taken his picture, and given him my card. I’m wondering if he will see this and contact me. He’s a really good singer with an interesting repertoire. [Update - Yes, he did.]

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Hanging out in Asheville

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Got photo bombed by the Blue crew while shooting these hammock people in downtown Asheville on the 4th.

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Charlie Starr and his new guitar

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Okay, Blackberry Smoke fans. This is what I know you want to see, so here you are. Charlie is playing his new Les Paul that the superb craftsmen at the Gibson Custom Shop made for him. Shot at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, NC last Friday night.

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Doc peeks out

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There’s a message in those eyes. I think it’s something like “Don’t mess with this guitar unless your name is Charlie Starr.” The crew are the unsung heroes of any touring band, and the crew for Blackberry Smoke are no exception. The tour manager, sound wizard, lighting director, and the instrument techs all make the show go on.  The face behind this beautifully carved guitar belongs to BBS guitar tech, David “Doc” Oswalt. Shot backstage at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, NC last night.

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