ArtScape 2019

This year it was really too hot, but I went to ArtScape anyway.  I try to go every year.  It is usually the weekend nearest to my birthday and the hottest weekend of the year.

The big heroes of the event was the Fire Department.  They had people there to try to help us to stay cool.  There was a truck with water streaming constantly so that one can cool off and they also had a truck which was cool inside.  MTA usually has a Comfort Bus but it was not operating when I went there.

There is plenty of food.  I purchased a lamb platter from "Greeks on the Street" for $14. The Fire Department also gave me free Gatorade.  Plus, I had my own water.  I'm finally learning to take my own water with me when I go places.

I had a really nice conversation with a photographer who has his photos printed in metal.  He has a lab that does it.  I also love his theme.  Like me, he takes pictures of things that will not be there tomorrow. 

The highlight of the day was meeting Ray and Mary.  They asked me to take their picture with their camera and I did.  I also took a picture of them looking at the pictures.  I asked them about the term "Oriental" and they said that it is racist but they are not offended by it.  Knowing the meaning of the word, I cannot understand why it is offensive.  But then I also have no problem with the word "Negro," but I do have problems with the word "nigger."  They are two entirely different words with different meanings and usage.

It is no secret that I detest the term "African American."  I am an American and have no real connection with Africa.  I am not a partial American nor a hyphenated American. 

I have also noticed that people are not happy with all the bike lanes around the City.  I have a major problem with the ones on Druid Hill Avenue/Center Street/Monument Street because they take away a lane of traffic on a busy street and now traffic is blocked up to the next light, even during slow times and there are very few bike riders using the lanes.  I had conversations with some people at ArtScape about them and, although they can't see that they don't like them, it was obvious to me.  The bike lanes are a major hazard to emergency vehicles.
 

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Although this is not a part of ArtScape, it is the most important thing there.

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The FireDepartment had a very important cooling station.

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This is one of the nine Sydmonats at ArtScape this year.

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I spent some time in this truck, a cooling off station. It made a tremendous difference.

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YOu don't see too many phones like these today. They did bring back memories.

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This delightful couple asked me to take their picture.

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These two guys put on quite a show.

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