Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Things You See Along the Way: Bangor Edition and One Good Fence…

I’m feeling a bit logy today as the effects wear off from the anesthesia that I was subjected to this morning for my colonoscopy.  But I don't think they meant computer when they told me not to operate large machinery.

Most of you out there who have been in my shoes know, of course, that the colonoscopy itself is far less irritating than the prep day before.  But what gets me even more than that is, in my case, to finish off the prep, I had to take the last dose at 1:00 am.  Then, of course, it’s a good couple of hours before you can actually get to sleep after that.  Since my procedure was at 8:00 am, I was up at the crack of dawn and out the door on about two and a half hours sleep.  Soooooo, if I make some mistakes here today, it’s the fatigue speaking.  BUT, I will say this, it’s all a small price to pay to make sure that there’s nothing untoward going on in the old plumbing down there and I'm free for another five years.

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When we were in Bangor in August, we didn’t have a lot of time to look around, but if you saw my last post, you know that we did spend an hour or so driving around town looking at stuff, which is one of my favorite things to do.


I was very surprised to see that The World’s Best Drunken Noodles are served in Bangor.  But my surprise was mainly because I have no idea what a “drunken noodle” is.  I’d try one though.


I like looking in people’s windows while we drive around.  But I’m not a voyeur.  I don’t want to see the people who live in these places; I’m just interested in their stuff.  I liked the looks of this place with the fan and the orchids in the window.  The building itself was nice and strong looking.


In case you’re driving in Bangor and forget where you are, I recommend driving by this sign.


This is The Thomas Hill Standpipe.  “Standpipe” is just a fancy way of saying “water tower.”  According to the website 10Places Every Stephen King Fan Must Stop While in Bangor, Maine, “The Thomas Hill Standpipe served as the inspiration for the haunted and dangerous water tower in It and it's said King wrote much of the book, published in 1986, on a park bench in the small park at the base of the tower. The Standpipe was built in 1897 and holds 1.75 million gallons of water for the city.”

  It is one of my favorite King books.  He confirms the utter and total creepiness of clowns in this book.  I remember It keeping me awake at night when I was reading it.  I couldn’t get the line, “We all float down here” out of my head for months.  Well, the line is obviously still in there even now.

But I would say that even if you aren’t a fan of Mr. King's work, this is worth a stop if you’re ever in Bangor.  It is one fantastic building.  Made me wish I had brought my wide angle lens along.  Oh, well…



So that I will be able to link up with Theresa’s Good Fences today, I’m throwing in this pic.  If we had had more time, it looked like a place that would be a very nice stop for a draft beer.  Well, at least it would be on a nice day, which it wasn’t when we were in Bangor.  And that’s why my pictures of the Standpipe (above) look like they were converted to black and white.  Nope.  Those shots are in living color.  It was just a black and white kind of day.


14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love all the proliferation of garden growth in that last shot. :) glad everything checked out okay.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

A beer garden....I'm all ready and primed to join you.

With my recent heart attack, I was told I could now do everything but dishes. I'm still milking that warning.

LOL

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of images from your trip! The beer garden does look nice! I would stop there! Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of images from your trip! The beer garden does look nice! I would stop there! Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

Ida said...

Good for you for braving the big "C" test. Hubby just had one done. Me...I'm not to keen on the idea of doing it.

I liked your window shots...I found one just yesterday that I photographed so it's good to know that other people take pictures of people's windows too.

Loved the perspective of that white building, so interesting.
Would you believe I've never read a Stephen King novel.
Nice looking garden, I'd just sit and enjoy the flowers as I don't drink beer.

Rose said...

I would have sworn they were B&W! Glad the old plumbing is good to go for another 5 years. I have not had that done...and suppose I should.

Oh, had to laugh about saying you don't want to see the people, you just want to see their stuff. That is about like I feel. People in/through the windows would spoil the mood.

Felicia said...

looks more like a lighthouse than a water tower but I like it.

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Margaret Adamson said...

Gretting from BANGOR, County Down.Loved this post and in particularly the last shot,

Deanna said...

Interesting place, Bangor. I forgot that Stephen King was from around there. I used to read his books, but then they became a little too creepy for me. I am like you, I love to look inside the windows, not at the people but at their "stuff". Happy Labor Day!!

Nicki said...

Love the design of the sandpiper. I too enjoy observing people's windows and postulate what it says about the residents. Many a walks over the years have included looking and making my own story about the people who live behind the windows.

Hope you get a clean bill of health.

EG CameraGirl said...

Intereting how a dull day can make a photo appear to be in B&W! But the photo below it is definitely in loving colour. :)

Brian King said...

Drunken noodle sounds like me a few times during my stint in South Korea! :-) I love those tall windows! Funny how some photos look black and white even though they aren't.

Debbie said...

ooooh barb, i am a "peeker" too. i always make the hubs drive slow in a neighborhood, so i can see inside the houses. i like to see how they are decorated. i loved to take the kids trick-or-treating, i was always peeking inside.

now i get on facebook and i end up on some random persons facebook because i love the way their house is decorated. i don't even remember how i got there and it's not anyone i know. don't even get me started on pinterest!!!!

and yes, a great group of images!!!!