For some reason, during this holiday season, I found them even funnier than normal. Maybe it’s because we made the 500-mile trip (each way) twice in a month, for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But just look at these photos and see if you can understand what I mean!
All of my immediate family lives in the Gulf Shores area. My dad, who now lives with my brother’s family, has been ill lately, so we decided to spend both holidays down there rather than splitting the two holidays between my family and Alan’s. (Thanks, Honey.)
One of my favorite sights on the trip is this giant water tower in the town of Clanton, Ala. Isn’t it great?
The day after Thanksgiving deep into the afternoon, we were all getting stir crazy, so my brother, Jimmy, and Alan and I slipped away for some appetizers at my all-time favorite watering hole — the famous Pink Pony Pub in Gulf Shores.
We made Alan pose with the mascot.
This sign on the window is a hoot. Wouldn’t it be a lot cheaper just to go in and buy a Miller Lite?
Another one of my favorite eateries down there is a place called Live Bait. It has a shark coming out of its roof!
Souvenir City has been in Gulf Shores since I first went there in the ’60s. People never tire of this pose.
Ever since the controversy over the KUB water tower in South Knoxville, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to how folks in other cities seem to feel about them. Now this is no giant peach, but I still think it shows a very positive attitude.
This isn’t funny, but sad. This headline in the Mobile paper greeted us during our Thanksgiving visit. “Royal Reds” are unique shrimp that are very popular down there. They have a sweet flavor and were banned because some were found to contain oil blobs. I know. You thought everything was cleaned up, right?
OK. On to more pleasant things. I don’t mean to imply that my family is redneck, but here’s what greeted us when we pulled into my brother’s driveway on Christmas Day. I guess it was left there from the driveway drink-fest the night before? Surely it wasn’t from earlier in the day. (Note: we only drink Miller products at our abode here in Knoxville and we are trying to convert all our relatives to the same habit. We’ll get on that right after we convince them not to leave their beer cans on their bumpers!)
OK. These next scenes are from the trip back to Knoxville after Christmas.
Yard art is very big in L.A. (Lower Alabama). It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this rooster is over six feet tall!
And, of course, there’s Gene Morris right on the side of the building!
Moving north, almost to Loxley, we come to this lovely hay bale. I actually noticed it at Thanksgiving when it seemed a little more appropriate. But, heck, pretty creative if you ask me.
OK. This last picture is of my all-time favorite sign. It’s been there, just north of Prattville, in one version or another for as long as I can remember. I just love it!
Hope your holidays were as memorable as ours!