Friday, March 30, 2007

Nothing but net


Colorful swish
London, Ontario, March 2007
[Click to enlarge]

Quick note: I got home from my San Francisco adventure well after 2 this morning, so I'm a little on the lagged side. OK, maybe more than a little. The good news is I took more pictures on the way home, and will share the best of the best in the days/weeks to come. It was a very cool experience. For now, here's a quick view from a recent stroll through the neighborhood. Enjoy, and thank you for your patience.

And now, back to our regularly-scheduled programming...

If you're lucky enough to live in a neighborhood with real trees, you can eschew the store-bought metallic basketball frames and go for something a little more organic.

At least until the zoning police figure out that citizens are expressing themselves in artistic ways and clamp down on this obviously subversive behavior.

Until then, it's up to us to enjoy the small flashes of color and life that pop up when we least expect them.

Game on.

Your turn: What makes your neighborhood unique?

24 comments:

talj said...

So pleased you got back safely! Look forward to seeing photos from your trip! Great shot today!

What makes my neighbourhood unique? I really dont know! Having lived here for 10 months I have spent most of that housebound! I'm hoping to answer your question in a few months time though!! :o)

Bob-kat said...

Hmmm...what makes my neighbourhood unique is the fact that I live there LOL! Seriously though, in the UK at least it is not unique as it is a suburban housing estate less than 20 years old and identical to similar ones throughout the UK. It's not paradise but it's home.

Glad you had a good trip. Michele sent me to tell you that I'm looking forward to seeing some of those pics you've promised!

CG said...

Glad you got home safe and sound. I'm off to SF myself this summer so am looking forward to seeing your photos.

What makes my village unique at this time of year is the hundreds of daffodils lining the roads. It's a beautiful sight.

TrueJerseyGirl said...

Unfortunately, not much makes my neighborhood unique. The only thing I can say is that I have been told that my street looks like an old English street (all tudors) even though we're in North Jersey, USA.

Looking forward to hearing about San Fran! I love it there!

craziequeen said...

Welcome home, Carmi :-)

Don't rush to blog - have some quality time with the kids :-)

What makes my neighbourhood unique? We are miles from any decent waves, but have a championship surfer in our little road......

Saw you at Michele's and just popped by to say hi.

cq

Linda said...

Here's a hint about jetlag...when travelling east, stay up until the time the LOCALS would go to bed, even if it means being awake for 40 hours (yup - did it going to Germany).

Travelling west, sleep while you can, and take something to help you go to sleep (benadryl works wonders).

What makes my neighborhood unique? Well, it's a small circle of duplexes (5 buildings, 10 units total) located behind a commercial area. There are no other homes around. 9 of the 10 duplexes are currently occupied...2 of them have older folk with no children. So that leaves 7 duplexes...and a grand total of 13 kids and one on the way. Highly productive, weren't we?????

Susan said...

My neighborhood is unique in that most of the people along the street have been here for years, my husband grew up in the house we live in and the neighbors think of us as one of their own.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Wonderful Artistic Basketball thingy!!! I love that the whole thing looks like an abstract non-objective piece of ART...!
Here from Michele today, my dear...!

raehan said...

We have neighborhood restrictions that make things really boring. I'd love to see more subversive basketball hoops.

Anna said...

Welcome home Carmi! Hope that you are adjusting nicely back into life! I like the colors in your shot here! No pun intended!

Since you read my blog, you know I can't even begin to describe what is unique here....as an American living in the UK, it is all unique to me and I love it! All the things I could ever dream a neighborhood to be...I have seen here in a 5 block radius! :)

Have a great weekend!

tommiea said...

What makes my neighborhood unique? Well, being that spring has hit here it is all the furry fuzzy things that look like little catapillars ALL OVER MY DRIVEWAY!! Also, it is raining, so it is wet, little fuzzy furry pollen all over the driveway.

rashbre said...

Not sure how to fix jet lag. Once you've recovered I'll be looking forward to seeing the trip photos!

Have a suitably tranquil weekend!

rashbre

Mr. Althouse said...

A couple of years ago, as part of my lower division general education, I took an art history class at American River College. It was, by far, one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken. Besides having an instructor that was (is) genuinely enthused about his subject, the subject itself is much more interesting than I imagined too.

One of the more modern genres he covered was graffiti art. Although many consider it nothing more than vandalism, others are viewing it from an artistic perspective - and some of it is pretty darned good. Nevertheless, the point I came away with is simple enough: Who am I to judge the creative outlet of another. Sure, artistic expression must somewhere peacefully coexist with individual property rights, but it sure isn't all that black and white, now is it?

Mike

Yaeli said...

In my mum's neighbourhood there's a castle! Seriously!!! Who'da thunk that there'd be a castle in the middle of one of Sydney's outer suburbs!

Michele sent me by today.

Gyrobo said...

My neighborhood is populated almost entirely by muppets.

It's very unsettling to the new homeowners, but they learn to live with the googly eyes after only a few weeks.

Sarch said...

Welcome back Carmi...glad to know you're back at home with the family.

I am looking forward to seeing the pics to come.

I know you're busy but when you get a minute pop over to my blog to read about the award you have won!

Dara said...

Gosh, I guess it would have to be the constant presence of the Mr Rooter trucks and huge pile of sand in front of my house since I moved in JAN 25TH and have been unable to shower/do laundry/use the dishwasher/take a bath. Good news - the guys stayed late tonight to finish up and tomorrow morning I have my first (LEGAL) shower in 9 weeks - yahooooooo!

Dara said...

And oh yes - Michele sent me!

carli said...

I live about 3 blocks away from where Frank Sinatra was born, and very close to a mozzarella shop so famous, when they wanted authenticity on The Sopranos, they filmed one of the shopkeep's hands making the cheese and substituted it for the actor's hands. On Thursdays and Saturdays, their "special of the day" is roast beef and fresh mutz (no one would dare call it mozzarella) on Hoboken bread (crispy on the outside, soft inside), drenched in fresh au jus. It's both disgusting and delicious. . . especially with a bottle of Boylan's root beer. And on Fridays, they have Italian tuna--made with olive oil and vinegar instead of mayo. Sooo good. It's all about the food.

PI said...

Welcome home! We loved out brief stay (3 nights) in SF.
Our home is on a hill up a leafy lane, with distant sea views and mostly peace and quiet. Buzzards circle and occasionally you will hear a car door slam!
Michele says Hi!

Carolyn said...

A hoop-la of color there! I like it. There are lots of flowering plants in my neighborhood right now that make it a treat to walk each evening. I have some photos of my own on my blog if you wanna come see.

Becky68 said...

I like all the paint on the backboard & how the net seems to be brand new though the board has obviously seen some use.
I live in the country so have no real neighborhood, I have cows on 3 sides & a barn full of farm equipment on the fourth. Maybe the Llama who lives with the cows would designate my 'neighborhood as unique!
Here from Micheles today.

Leslie said...

I live in the heart of Los Angeles. It is nothing like the quiet suburbs that I used to live in. My neighborhood is unique because it is bustling with people! People from all sorts of backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles. I don't think you can find that many cities where so many different cultures can live together harmoniously.

Leslie said...

oops! here via michele!