Thursday, February 25, 2010

Friday Hometown Shootout - My Favorite Topic

It's like Christmas morning!  I can't sleep and Bagman and Butler must have been in the same boat, because they come bounding into the B&B studio the moment my foot hits the creaky board near my desk.

BAGMAN:  "Favorite Friday!!!!  Favorite Friday!!!  Hooray!!"

BUTLER: "And did you see the slide show Ginger put together on Hometown Homepage?  It was awesome!"

BAGMAN:  "Awesome?  When did you get so modern sounding, Butler, you old fart?"

BUTLER (flustered):  "I mean it was exceptionally audacious." 

BAGMAN: "Who cares?  Let's start!  My favorite topic of the year is Sexy Women!"

BUTLER: "That was never a topic." 

BAGMAN (frowning): "You can't blame a guy for trying, Dude."

Meanwhile, I'm ignoring them as usual and putting a photograph on the blog.

BAGMAN: "What the &%$# is that?"

Unflustered as usual, I reply, "Cemetaries.  I figured we do cemetaries. That was Patty's topic on March 25th"

BUTLER: "Don't you think that's a rather gruesome choice?"

BAGMAN: "Downer, man."

"Well, I know it wasn't really my favorite.  But you've been trying to wean me from my archive and this week I actually took a few hours and went out to take some new pictures and...

BUTLER: "Did you remember how to use the camera?"

BAGMAN: "Obviously not, Butthead.  He couldn't even find the color button!"

BAGMAN: "Okay, okay.  So you found the color button.  But I still think we'd get a better post if we did another Power or Amusing Signs.  Or Relaxation or People.  Or the Color Red, Sunsets, or Sexy Women..."  (Butler and I both give Bagman our best baleful looks) "...well you can't blame me for trying."

BAGMAN and BUTLER in unison: "Thank God!  You've switched to Birds by Scriptor Sinex.

No, I reply slowly and with great patience.  Magnolia Cemetary is a big cemetary near the wetlands and there were lots of birds there.  And Magnolia is also full of history.  For instance:

It's where the crews of the Confederate Submarine Hunley are buried.  The Hunley was the first submarine that ever sunk a ship.  It was really just a huge metal tube that worked with a handcrank.  When the confederates first tried it out on a practice run, it sank and everyone drowned.  So they raised it, and a bunch of new guys volunteered, for some reason, and got into it and sailed out into Charleston Harbor, rammed a Union ship, sank it and then promptly sank themselves as well.  About eight years ago, some people who had become more adept over the years at going underwater and coming back alive discovered the Hunley half buried on the bottom, raised it up and brought it back to Charleston.  Archeologists spend a couple of years restoring it and removing the remains of the original crew and burying them here.  It was a really big deal at the time. 

BAGMAN:  "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz." 

BUTLER:  "Yawn."

"You guys have no appreciation of anything," I complain.  "How about this?"

BUTLER: "Well, it's not great, but fair.  But it isn't a cemetary."

"I was standing in a cemetary when I shot it!  Doesn't that count?"

BAGMAN: "I didn't want to do cemetaries in the first place!  I want to do Sexy Women!"

BUTLER: "You mean you want to do a Friday Shootout on Sexy Women."

BAGMAN (moping): "No.  That's not what I said."

Continuing to ignore them, I post three more quick shots.

BUTLER (Getting up and heading for the door): "I'm sorry, old friend, but I'm getting tired to cemetary shots.

Suddenly I remember something.  "Hey!  Look at this!"

I found this old picture in a box last week and scanned it.  It is a picture of my mother's grave in Wrentham, Massachusetts.  The marble bust was carved by my grandfather.  I just realized that she passed away only 8 days after my sixth birthday. 

BUTLER: "Yes, yes.  Bagman and I are both sorry for you, as usual."

BAGMAN:  "HEY! Wait a freaking minute!  That's an archive photo!!!  You said you picked cemetaries because you finally got around to shooting some new stuff!!  This is a cheat!!!

BUTLER: "Yes!  Bagman is right!  If you are going to use archive pictures we can pick another favorite topic."

BAGMAN:  "YES!  Like..."

But I didn't wait for him to redundently say 'sexy women' again and turned off the computer and went back to bed. 


  1. Some very interesting shots there Mark. I love the second one of the big, old tree.

  2. You are so witty :) - I was not bored with your post...just so you know ♥

  3. I feel 'proud' of you, the photos you took are wonderful - so get out there and get us some more new photos. isnt the name Edolia a fantastice.... I can imagine stories about edolia....

    in a few weeks we have 'trees' that tree or another like it would be a great post.... can you imagine what it has seen in its lifetime.

    if you have a moment go back and looke at the slide show again, I fixed it....

  4. too me only 2 seconds to miss spell that name
    ELODIA - sort of like my version better.

  5. Love this, and anything having a historical bent. Cemeteries do it best.

  6. I enjoyed all of the photos and found the post to be a great read!

  7. We use to hang out in a cemetery when we were little. It was a very old one hidden in trees and brush. It was very interesting to read and think about the people that had been buried there so long before....

    Great pictures.

  8. Oh man you are a hoot. I love it.

  9. Great photography, Mark. Sublime.
    and not a zebra to be found.

  10. There are a lot of interesting shot in the cemetery! And the sub history is interesting.

  11. Your commentary was great fun Mark. Certainly a lively counterpoint to the cemetery theme.

    I was having so much fun reading through this I almost missed the fact that the photography was uniformly excellent.

  12. Your posts are fantastic. Witty, original, interesting, visually interesting - the lot. Nice to have that little piece of history of submarines. You are one very funny guy, Mark, and adept at putting that across on the page.

  13. ROFLM...well you know...I just love your posts and they make tears roll down my face! Tell Bagman that my other half wondered about the nonac too..also wondered why on earth there was a halo over my head..snort!!
    I love these shots...having spent many years in the South growing up..I adore a good cemetary..these are facinating! I love the cross with the Spanish Moss.. beautiful and the picture of you Mama's sorry hon. Everyone was facinating!! Great choice!!
    Hugs, Sarah

  14. Cemeteries are full of stories, and you have introduced some good ones here. Great pictures! The detail of the broken spike atop the fence is an eye-catcher for me. And B&B are much too hard on you; I don't know how you put up with them sometimes!

  15. Love the graveyard posts, even if B&B have other things they would rather do or see...

  16. Your life reads like a book, Poor you, mum dying when you were six.

    I have a student whose mum died just before he was five. I have a special affinity towards him.

    Good photos and commentary. Your grand dad must have loved your mum so mum. I can imagine with each act of craving, he was crying inside.

  17. Dude, you covered the sixties bands the Stones and the Birds......bwha-ha-ha! Great post, as usual.

  18. You put us all to shame with that wonderful commentary, excelled only by the photos. There is a confidence in your humour that is very appealing! Just love those "three quick shots" and have to wonder at the life of Elodia G Felipe, what a fantastic name!

  19. witty and entertaining! fantastic shots and love the one of your Mother's grave. have a great weekend!!

  20. "Memories like the corners of my mind; misty watercolor memories Of..." Oh well, you get the idea.

    I hang my head in shame for not participating, but I look back fondly on the good old days of my time with the FSO.

    Thanks for a trip down "memory" lane - and the laughter you have provided me with, not to mention history lessons, fun facts, and introducing me to your family. Your dad was my favorite.

    Love ya!

  21. Beautiful and so full of history cemeteries are!

  22. You have some amazing shots there Mister :0)

  23. You guys have entirely too much fun. I think the picture of the beautiful old tree was infinitely better than a photo of sexy women ... well, in my opinion anyway. :-)

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