I guess I'm into post-industrial urban decay. When travelling for work, the hotels I stay in are often located in what I call clusters, or pods. Just off the highway, there will be a nest of several hotels with acres of connected parking lots. Nearby there will usually be miles of nearly connected strip shopping centers which are more and more in stages of advanced decay. Here's another post of mine where I talk about the Mad Max feelings I get when I walk huge strips of abandoned decay.
Here is a little rambling about today's walk.
Image #1: This image only shows about 1/3 of a huge abandoned shopping center. Walking these places is good exercise and clears my head. The look of this place is increasingly typical of America in general. I almost don't know where anyone is working.
Image #2: In or near the ramshackle shopping centers, there will usually be a K-Mart, which is a national symbol of decay. On today's walk, I indeed ran into a K-mart. The first thing that jumped out at me was this tasteful poster of Justin Bieber. I was thinking about Justin because a good friend of mine on myopera is having some Justin Bieber angst, so I took this picture for him.
Image #3: The next stop inside the K-Mart was the DVD department where you can always find good cinema at giveaway prices. In this post I talk about scoring "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" at another K-Mart. Today's DVD find was the 1973 blaxploitation film, Coffy, starring Pam Grier. When I was a teenager, I remember when this film came to theaters in town because back then I listened to a lot of urban contemporary FM radio where the adverts for the movie ran hot and heavy. Pam Grier was a native of nearby Winston-Salem, North Carolina, so she had a big following in the area. The taglines in the radio adverts for "Coffy" were a little weird sounding by today's standards. I remember these two booming from the radio:
"Coffy, she'll cream ya"
"Coffy is the color of her skin."
I never went to see "Coffy", so now I can.
END OF WALK!