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Old 09-23-13, 12:46 AM   #1
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Sunday night in Birmingham is special.

I went out to ride my bike tonight to remind myself of that fact. It is past midnight, and not quite one o’clock. The bar crowd is stumbling home, and the bar employees are running to the few late night bars still open to chemically forget the people they have just had to deal with for the past few days.

The hospital district is absolutely amazing at night, the sounds are mostly just you and the sprinklers echoing off the buildings. And of course tonight was another night I told myself I didn’t need my camera. Only to see a low landing of the emergency helicopter from less than 500 feet below it, using it’s spotlight and backlit by the moon as I passed by the Childeren’s Er, as it landed on the roof.

The tow trucks are were also at large and a few people are going to have an interesting morning to say the least. Which is surprising. Most of the robbers are calling it a night. Mostly to avoid the stabbers and the ******, and that one guy who jogs with his two rotwillers named Mien and Kaphm running off the chain.
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wow, i am surprised that word word is censored.
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i like these threads of interpretive prose written in the first person as our hero simply observes his surroundings. the last one i read here about the sky was just great.

about birmingham ...

i was visiting my brother one weekend while he was going to shool at uab. the first night, we went over to his friend's place to smoke, and three of us played a first-person shooter together. i got on everyone's nerves playing the stubby guy who could only fight with his fists. i must've been too short for anyone to shoot me. so i ran around biting ankles. i had never laughed so hard.

the next night my brother drove me out to the dog track. those present looked like every bukowski character from every pulp novel -- disheveled men with absent faces walking in a fog of lost hope and inebriation. it was perfect. i bet a fiver in the fifth, taking the quinella on two fidgety pups named rebel yeller and mad boy. i cheered 'em on like it was the super bowl. they came in, and i pocketed a fifty for all the trouble. luckily, the haul ended up paying for the night's bar tab.

the ride back to his place was filled with a sad kind of joy. though we were both in a good mood, goofin' on the ridiculousness of the night, the lonely highway only reminded me of leaving the next day, and returning to another tiring work week back in houston....

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I have a friend a who goes to the dog track, and tells me about it sometimes. He sometimes makes more than his normal paycheck it can be amusing. He keeps trying to drag us out there with him, but I can't do the crowds or the loud noises. I prefer my bicycle.
But the empty streets of the late nights can seem like a different world at times.
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i like the track. i like watching animals run and gambling on their results. i like the false hope of winning money that's not mine. it's more laid back than betting on cards. i go about once a year. i like to find photo opportunities too, but it's really difficult to study the form, place a bet and take photos in the short time given. these were taken in auburn, wa:

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I enjoy racing and tracks, just don't find a reason to bet on stuff.
oddly enough, I spent time with a job as a poker dealer, and I never learned how to play
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I think motion is always great


That third pic of yours is great. I love it.
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cool. you should take your camera out next sunday night and post 'em here.

old faces and churches and cemeteries and ruin and monuments and ...
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I went out to ride my bike tonight to remind myself of that fact. It is past midnight, and not quite one o’clock. The bar crowd is stumbling home, and the bar employees are running to the few late night bars still open to chemically forget the people they have just had to deal with for the past few days.

The hospital district is absolutely amazing at night, the sounds are mostly just you and the sprinklers echoing off the buildings. And of course tonight was another night I told myself I didn’t need my camera. Only to see a low landing of the emergency helicopter from less than 500 feet below it, using it’s spotlight and backlit by the moon as I passed by the Childeren’s Er, as it landed on the roof.

The tow trucks are were also at large and a few people are going to have an interesting morning to say the least. Which is surprising. Most of the robbers are calling it a night. Mostly to avoid the stabbers and the ******, and that one guy who jogs with his two rotwillers named Mien and Kaphm running off the chain.
Idk what's more annoying: this, or when you do lug the camera (and maybe an extra lens or two) and come across absolutely 'zero' interesting things to shoot.
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