Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hot to Trot

Does this man live in Independence?

Let's go down the checklist:

• Ponytail? check.
• Shirt off? check.
• Camo shorts? check.
• Gold chain? check.
• Shirt tucked in waistband? check.
• Upper-back tattoo? check.
• More than 2 rings on one hand? check.
• Flip flops? (not pictured, but believe me on this one) check.

Yes, this man lives in Independence.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Abandoned House in the Woods

A few years ago, I was walking through the woods, searching for morel mushrooms. These are the kind of mushrooms that kinda look like a small, brown tree made out of a sponge. I walked and walked until I came to an abandoned house.

The house itself was in a drastic state of disrepair, but I cautiously entered through the back porch. As I looked around, I realized that the house had not been touched in over 40 years, assuming to the 1968 calendar in one of the bedrooms was current at the time of abandonment. There was really nothing of value in the house, but the artifacts were incredible.

There were boxes of clothes-mending materials, magazines, books, and newspapers laid on the dining room table, and the air smelled of musty carpet as a broken window brought in the elements. Clothes were still in closets and dishes were still in the sink.

As I looked around in the kitchen, my eyes fell to a chalkboard near the back door.

I didn't want to enter the kitchen, as it was a mess, and I was afraid the floor might give way, so I squinted and leaned through the doorway to read what it said. Sounding out the words, I came up with "Wait Right (here) Be Back." 

Chills ran down my arms, and I felt as though the secret eyes of the house just opened to see its intruder. Slowly, I walked backwards, but quickly made my way out the back. I'll never forget the way I felt when I read those words. The warm, inviting empty house full of artifacts became cold and I needed to get out of there before I was closed up in a time envelope.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hiking Viking

Does this man live in Independence?

Let's go down the checklist:

• Talking on the phone? Check.
• Shirt off? Check.
• Gold chain? Check.
• Visible underwear? Check.
• Walking ridiculous dog in 98 degree heat? Check.
• Jersey for a shirt? Check.
• Flip-flops? Check.
• Armband tattoo? Check.
• Hanging around an Elementary School? Check.

Yes, this man lives in Independence.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Is There Room in Your Soul?

I found these pics on my phone. I took them last fall through the cracked windshield of my old car, but never posted them. Just a random sight in Independence. 

Brace Yourself

Does this man live in Independence?

• Tank top: check
• Knee brace: check
• Giant drink in hand: check
• Du-rag: check
• Muscles: check
• Backpack: check
• Smoking: No, but ponytail is of equal value: check

Yes. This man lives in Independence.