Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Seeing Is Believing: Photos

They say a photograph is worth 1,000 words. That's true with the photos I'm sharing here, but I'm going to add a few words just for good measure.

I took this first picture several years ago when my friend, Marc, and I were in the mountains of southeastern West Virginia. We were driving around in no man's land looking for access to a river we wanted to fish. While driving along a dirt road we came upon this sign posted on a tree next to a driveway.

Backwoods Warning

Needless to say, this sign gave us a bit of pause. No hunting and no trespassing signs are very common. No agent signs...not so much. What kind of agents were they referring to? Who knows. The fact that the sign was hand painted gave it a kind of "down home" feel. The little picture of the house or torture chamber in the corner gave it a nice touch. It appears there were some other warnings on the sign that had been painted over in white. Seeing this in the middle of nowhere filled us with visions of Deliverance. Despite the fact that we were not agents, we decided to snap a photo and look for river access elsewhere.

This next photo was taken by a friend of mine on his way to work one day. He saw this car in the lane next to him and happened to have his camera. I'm not sure how desperate you have to be to put an ATV on top of a sedan, but these people obviously decided they didn't need a truck or trailer.

We don't need no stinking trailer

Do you get 3 or 4 beefy guys to lift the four-wheeler onto the car? Do you use ramps? Or do you just drive it onto the car and hope for the best? The real genius here is securing the ATV in such a way that it won't slide off. At least at the point this photo was taken, it seemed to be working out. The car had out of state tags so it's hard to say if they had driven a long way like this or picked it up locally. I'll give credit for ingenuity if not for smarts.

This last photo was taken by me. This car was parked on the side of the road and I just couldn't help but take a picture. It's not everyday you see a sedan being used as a U-haul quite like this.

Moving Day

The car was covered from front to back with blankets, one of which you can see hanging over the bumper. That is indeed a washing machine practically falling off the trunk. On top was a queen size bed complete with mattress, box springs, and bed frame. On top of that near the front was a dryer. What you can't see is the dishwasher strapped to the front of the car. I'm not sure if they were trying to save on rental fees for a U-haul or simply decided this was a better method. I suppose there are times when you just gotta do what you gotta do. I don't think I can give credit for ingenuity or smarts on this one. It's not safe for other drivers or the stuff being moved.

1 comment:

Dennis said...

LOL...All priceless...but the sign gives me the "warm and fuzzies" ...gotta wonder