Thursday, December 6, 2012

Checkers



What better way to rest and recreate than over a game of checkers. This pictures shows people at a gas service station playing an afternoon game of checkers. The picture was taken in 1939 in Greensboro, Georgia. You just don't see things like this any more. Compare this scene to your typical Walmart experience. 

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  1. About the only thing this has in common with a Walmart experience is people just outside the door smoking!
    Pew!

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    1. North Dakota just passed a law that made illegal to smoke in any public building bars included. If you smoked outside you have to be more than 20 feet from any entrance. You cannot smoke in any public vehicle (buses, cab, or government owned vehicles).
      Prior, they had some building that were smoke free, and they would allow outside smoking shelters, but now those have to be 20 feet away.

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    2. Michigan passes the no smoking law a couple of years ago. It was long overdue. It is so nice to go places now and not smell awful when you leave with your throat hurting. But some places they are NOT observing the "feet from the door" part of the law.

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  2. I love it how the board with stools is a single piece, purpose-made. I bet there is a lot of checkers going on at that gas station, and the folks watching are just waiting for their turn at the table :)

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    1. That's called a bench they're sitting on with the board placed between them.

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    2. D'oh! Didn't notice it at first. It sure seemed more interesting to think of the board being attached to the bench, but I guess you're right :(

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  3. I noticed that all the men except one (the cigar puffer) are wearing hats.
    And that the one guys has very nicely shined shoes.

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  4. We play a lot of dominoes after lunch at my son-in-laws house. My grand father would walk 4 miles into town just to set around playing dominoes, just about everyday.

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  5. This scene is few and far between but you still find it out there in the small towns. We go camping in a small town in NH and they have an old time General Store in this town. Built in 1872. In front of the store is a big long porch with a couple of benches. You always find atleast a couple of guys, or gals, (mostly guys tho) sitting on the benches reading, talking enjoying a smoke. Kids go into the store, get their ice cream and sit on the benches. I'll go into the store, get a coffee, sit on the bench and watch life crawl along. There is always someone there just sitting, more than willing to have a good conversation. The store itself hasn't changed much... Big wide pine floors that creek, great big pot belly wood stove right in the middle. Penny candy, homemade whoopie pies, grinders, hardware, they sell everything.

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  6. Our town square has tables with imprinted checker boards on them. Folks still gather there and play morning/afternoon in spring summer and fall. You cannot smoke there anymore as it is illegal to smoke in any public parks. My view on that is "why is the government so hypocritical on the cigarette issue? They tellyou itis bad for you and will kill you...i agree. however, they still collect major taxes on the product that is not good for you. Smokers are overtaxed more than any other consumer group in this nation. I'd like to know where that money is going. Finally, stop being hypocrites and make cigarettes illegal already. But they won't do that...they would lose their tax money. Yet, as a smoker I am treated as a leper. I deplore hypocricy. Sorry for the rant.

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    1. The part I dont understand is that they are trying to outlaw cigarettes while at the same time legalize pot?!? Cognitive Dissidence I say.

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    2. That is long overdue as well in my opinion. Your money and mine can be spent in better ways. You can compare the consequences of pot being outlawed to what happend with prohibition of alcohol. There are many deaths and bad guys getting rich because of it. And it does not have the horrible consequences of alcohol abuse.

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  7. I think you used this photo previously during another week in here.
    It’s a great photo, lots to look at, both people and the atmosphere. It kind of makes you want to slowwwwwwww down, compared to the world we live in now.

    Since someone brought it up………. Cigarettes and cigars have nicotine in them, as well as other chemicals. Nicotine is highly addictive, actually more addictive than heroin. Pot does not have nicotine and although there is one study that may disagree with another, pot is not chemically addictive. What I find truly hypocritical is the government wants to keep pot illegal and yet they approve of liquor. Booze is a mind altering drug that has caused more problems and deaths in history in comparison to pot that has no recorded similar attributes. Some people will say that they knew someone who was ‘out of their mind’ on pot and that is because the pot was ‘cut’ (something added) to the joint which caused the mind blowing change. It would be the same comparison of store bought booze to moonshine with a high alcohol content. Booze however has that longgggg history of destruction in many individuals…..personal health destruction, loss of a jobs, driving deaths, family destruction, assaults and the list goes on and on and on. I’ve personally seen it all having worked doors in bars for many years. Pot smokers on the other hand (I mean straight unadded to pot)….all they do is sit there and comment on how great the sunset looks. [And just for the record….I drink occasionally and I don’t do drugs, although I did in my early years both drink a lot and did other drugs. Haven’t got drunk or did any drug in over 20 years]

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    1. Yep, August 28, 2012. However, it is still a very nice picture.

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  8. I always wonder about old pictures like this, who took them and why? A seemingly mundane pastime to preserve for history?

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  9. I noticed the shined shoes AND the boy's white shoes. How common was it for boys to wear whhite shoes in this time period? Maybe hand-me-downs or a little boy from a wealthy home?

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