Thursday, May 3, 2012

Friday Hometown Shootout - Transportation

I'm deep in thought as I walk into the B&B studio for this week's "Public Transportation" theme.  I don't have much.  I haven't even changed my header from last week's theme.   I was going to try and get downtown to shoot the pedi-cabs that peddle around the market area but never made it.  And I can't find one picture I remember of one of a pedi-cab.  No big loss because I remember it was terribly framed in the camera with no real cropping fix possible. 

If it wasn't Thursday, I'd write a follow-up on the duck eggs, but that will have to wait until the weekend.

I figure I'll have to focus on some weird shots I have of the horse-drawn tour carriages in Charleston.

But when I enter the room, Bagman is, once again, over the top.  He his wearing a ten gallon hat and cowboy boots, doing a line dance by himself and singing "Save a horse, ride a cowboy!"  I always try to avert my eyes when I first see Bagman.  I noticed his hat and boots and am praying that he is wearing something more than that.  

"I hope that's a long-barreled revolver I just saw," I whisper to Butler.

BUTLER:  "I'm not looking either.  But I do think he is wearing pants, at least."

I risk a peek at the rhythmic Bagman.  "Whew!" I say, relieved. "A least you are wearing pants."

BAGMAN (spinning away from me):  "Chaps!"

BAGMAN (continuing): "Save a horse!  Ride a cowboy!"

It's a country western song by the Eagles.  Or was it the Steve Miller Band?"

BUTLER: "Big and Rich."

"Who?"  I ask but change the subject back to the task at hand.  "First I think I'll post some pictures of my car.  I really love my car."

BUTLER: "You can't do that!  This is about public transportation.  Your car is private transportation."

BAGMAN  (giggling) : "That means it's for transportation of your privates."

I glare at him and post the picture of the bus I took this week.

CARTA Bus -- CARTA stands for Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority although it keeps cutting back its bus lines and putting fewer buses on the road because it is running out of money so I think CARTA actually stands for "Can't Afford Raising Taxes Anymore."

BAGMAN (stops singing):  "Bo-ring."

Before he can start another song, I take over the audio and begin singing the old children's song:  "The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round, the wheels on the bus go round and round, all   through   the   town."    What do you want, heavy metal?!  I've got grandchildren.

And post another before Bagman can stop me.

"The people on the coaster scream and shout, scream and shout, scream and shout, the people on the coaster scream and shout all   throught   the   town."

"The Noah on the slide goes whee whee whee, whee whee whee, whee whee whee; the Noah on the slide goes whee whee whee...all through the town."

BUTLER (Interrupting):  "Foul!  That's a bicycle!  That's private transportation again!"

"No," I argue.  "The statues are public and the bike I'm on was rented at the beach and, therefore, public!"

But I'm tired of banter and besides the pedi-cab bicycle taxis (which I failed to shoot), Charleston's particular form of tourist transportation is the horse drawn tour carriages.

BUTLER: "Look like mules to me."

I should add that the two snapshots above were not photoshopped but taken through plastic window covers that sometimes hang on the open air market across the street from where the carriages line up.

And finally -

-- a reflection of a carriage Karen and I were riding in, the one time we did it.  Karen was saying, "You're not listening to the tour guide at all, are you?"



  1. Hi! As usual, your post is very entertaining! I struggled with the definition of "public" transportation too. We think of it as being supported by tax dollars...but, the roads and sidewalks are paid for with tax dollars...

    I like the photo through the plastic screen - good effect!

  2. Well I did not read the theme as "transportation." I picked up on what moves people in my town. Great job here.

  3. As usual, it's fun reading your different interpretation of the topic....good job!

  4. Great post and entertaining as always. :)

  5. Hey! I caught that! ;)

    The pictures through plastic are very interesting, almost looks like they are melting.

    That one bike rider is serious on getting into the lead, I believe.

  6. long barrel .... I have a question I hope not brought on by Bagman in Chaps.... but are they the same age you are or have they stayed young 'forever'
    this week did not say public transport - but how people are moved.... could be 300,000 cars on a freeway all at 5pm.
    you did great.... and I love the wheels on the bus... etc.

  7. What a diverse set of photos! The roller-coaster leaves me feeling a bit green around the gills, I just knew I shouldn't have had that piece of cake. Great fun.

  8. I couldn't remove the shootout link. Tried many times, don't know why, Was I the only person? Thanks.

    That photo of you with the two Fake riders, at first I thought the bike was fake too. I used the word Fake, theis was the ery word my students used to describe a scarecrow. FAKE.

  9. Sorry, I can't remove it though Ginger said I could. I am no good in technical things. I posted a comment on Shootout, asking if anyone could help.

    Yesterday, I was showing to my own special ESOL students to use the Google Search Machine, instead, in school, it had gone to BING, and I had no idea how to go from Bing to the normal google. So I had to eat humble pie, and ask the main stream students. The two boy went, click, click click, and they did it for me.

    Telling you and ginger but not my husband.

  10. It really is about time you featured one of your own photos in the spotlight! How about the bikes, I love that one and I bet it brought a smile to everyone's lips. You can quote me if you feel shy about using your own photo!

  11. I agree with Scriptor and I like the bikes shot, too. Who says transport can't be fun?

  12. My favourite here is where you pose with the bike statues as well - and I agree with Scriptor it deserves to be highlighted. I also like the horses (or mules or whatever!) and carriage.

  13. Very entertaining tour. I like the debate over what's public versus private transportation. Hmmm :) nice photos, my favorite is the last one :)

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