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Driving South!

Today I leave New York for a couple of weeks and am driving south without a map, so to speak, would like to go through some of the following, kentucky, tennessee, mississippi, georgia, texas, etc. etc.

Since I haven’t driven through much of the South since 1994, I’m looking forward to this and if anyone in these regions would like to be a tour guide, fixer, and drinking companion in exchange for, well, in exchange for me buying you a drink and a meal, let me know…

I’ll be on my mobile at 917 309-8866, and on email, of course…

by [a former member] at 2005-02-16 11:38:22 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

yo Alan!!

Hey man, good luck on your trip, i’m sure you will meet some drunks along the way to hang out with, just go to those sketchy bars you like so much, although they may be a little confused, i don’t think there are many Chinese guys around those parts, probably, not much has changed since back in ’94.

Road trip, that is what I need when I get back.

Good luck, shoot well, drink well, sorry the food isn’t going to be that good but do what you can, bring some sardines or something.


by [former member] | 17 Feb 2005 07:02 | Mazare Sharif, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
now in greenville, south carolina, checking my email in a parking lot where i can pick up an airport signal. this whole country is one big strip mall. no matter how small of a road i try to drive down, sooner or later it turns into suburban hell. blue ridge parkway was nice, i was the only car on it for a hundred miles, but then halfway up a mountain the road was closed for “ice and snow” so it was back to the usual…

headed for atlanta, kind of….

by [former member] | 19 Feb 2005 11:02 | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→
hey alan, try to swing by Savannah, GA for a day or two…I lived there for 4 years and it is a pretty decent little city.

good luck,


by [former member] | 19 Feb 2005 13:02 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
hey alan!
have a good time in our southern lands! ;)

by [former member] | 19 Feb 2005 13:02 | bogota, Colombia | | Report spam→
montgomery, alabama

having a nice “bowling pin” budweiser (yes, that’s a Budweiser beer bottle shaped like a bowling pin, 16 oz., seems to be southwide only distribution) and i have to say, the moment i left georgia and entered alabama, the look of the countryside changed, less commercialization, more poverty, more ruined and abandoned buildings, in short, for a cynical and jaded photographer, more interesting…

stopped off at the Martin Luther King grave in Atlanta, was pleased to see all kinds of multi-ethnic tourists getting their photos taken…then sped on to the “Little White House,” FDR’s modest cottage in Warm Springs, where he died in the arms of his mistress, May 1945, where the park ranger prefers to say “his old girlfriend” rather than “mistress”….

watching the film clips and hagiographic materials at these sites, this blogger couldn’t help but feel that the ideals of the middle-20th century, ending poverty, civil rights, that these ideals are completely submerged and absent in our current presidency. the rhetoric was stirring, once. the results, were, mixed, maybe, but at least they tried. i’d like to hear someone in public life talk about ending poverty, rather than end social security.

by [former member] | 20 Feb 2005 16:02 | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→
tuscaloosa, alabama: just spent gorgeous sunset hours in hale county, communing with the ghosts of walker evans and james agee, let us all now praise famous men, and the not so famous too. montgomery was totally empty on this national holiday today, wandered the grounds of the state capitol and noticed that there is an enormous “Public Security” Department or Ministry, all vaguely totalitarian, or post-totalitarian, if you like. alabama’s state flag is a simple red St. Andrew’s cross on a white field, and no longer the Confederate battle flag. the fact of this flag and the atmosphere of the city make it all a bit reminiscent of post-communist Mitteleuropa, would I be out of line to compare it to Bratislava, or Zagreb? then stopped by the Pettus bridge in Selma, once the site of the climactic clash between the forces of white supremacy and the civil rights movement, march 1965, right before LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act and said, “we shall overcome,” on national TV. today it is a sleepy, depressed remnant of a commercial district. tomorrow, mississippi….

by [former member] | 21 Feb 2005 16:02 | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for the atmospherics of your road trip. I’m enjoying them. I look forward to seeing some images. The deep south is the only part of our country I’ve yet to experience. I’m still searching for that perfect sear-sucker suit so I can sweat proper like.

by Jethro Soudant | 21 Feb 2005 19:02 | Buffalo, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Biloxi, Mississippi: last night i camped for the first time, set up the tent (is it yours, patrick? it was filled with sand from Iraq?) under a bright moon and the sounds of distant barking dogs, plaintive freight trains, and singing birds and bugs. today was spent mostly driving, on the back roads getting down to the coast here, through SE Mississippi, not very interesting, unfortunately. found the “Palestine Garden,” another folk art type place but it was closed, no one was around, and a vicious dog dissuaded me from poking around too much. the gulf of mexico looks luxurious, huge casinos along route 90.

by [former member] | 22 Feb 2005 17:02 | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→
Wichita Falls, Texas baby….just keep following the cloud of dust on the horizon, all the way to either the spectacular sunset or tornado damage path.

Seriously though, if you make it to Biloxi, maybe you’ll make it a little further west, I’ll have the Shiner cold in the fridge and the burgers on the grill. Even got a comfy couch for you.

by Jason Palmer | 22 Feb 2005 23:02 | Wichita Falls, TX, United States | | Report spam→
hey man, hope it’s all going well, i’m in a little e-mail place in kampala with only 6 minutes left (yesterday i was in the north, 2 years ago no m-email now there’s 4 places, one inside a giant shipping container….so it’s kind of strange to hear you cruising around looking for signals, that’s still at least 10 years away from uganda)….anyway, jsut a memory from my trip x-country last fall. if you’re in arkansas the ride down to la is pretty interesting (although no npr, they’ve all been taken over by stations talking about how badly jesus wants to punish you) anwya, if can head down there it’s pretttey intersting, la is extememly poor and there are a few gas stations that also serve as bars and restraunts, good steaks and potatoes serverd from oil barrels cut in half. last time i was there i met a bunf of old hunters playing cards, all white and altough balcks came in tnobody ever mingeld. anyway, i only have 2 more minutes and sometime it can take that long to send so, be well have some good soutehrn cooking and i’ll drop you a lien when i’m back from uganda in a week,

by [former member] | 23 Feb 2005 03:02 | gulu, kitgum lira, Uganda | | Report spam→
alan…bruno ganz und die untergang is waiting for you at film forum. not sure who else will see that with me. honk if you’re coming back through jersey. ciao anna

by [former member] | 23 Feb 2005 08:02 | new york city, United States | | Report spam→
alan. i hope this car of yours doesn’t suddenly burst into flames.

by [former member] | 23 Feb 2005 20:02 | brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

Are you going through Colorado? If so I’ll hook you up with my sister, no alan, just to sleep.

Afghanistan misses you, but i don’t ;)



by [former member] | 24 Feb 2005 02:02 | Mazare Sharif, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
Are you going to be in Austin? I get back there on March 3 from Boston and would love to have a beer, show you around, etc.

by nathan o'neal | 24 Feb 2005 12:02 | Austin, United States | | Report spam→
new orleans, louisiana: torrential rain and a bad day at the track. started off well enough with a nice exacta win in the third race, but went downhill from there, to the point that i had to cancel my order for a dozen oysters because the guy cut his hand trying to open them. always sad to leave at the end without enough money for a hot dog left. staying on the edge of the Quarter, next to the Treme neighborhood. this city is poor, dilapidated, still beautiful. my old friend abrahm tries to lure me to stay here, you can rent a three room apartment for $300, walk down the street with an open beer in your hand, and generally degenerate yourself without anyone much caring. but he’s from mississippi, and can therefore survive, whereas a new yorker like myself would quickly drink himself to death. sadly will not get to go to colorado, or texas, hope to spend the next few days in the Delta. next report will be from the Britney Spears Museum!

by [former member] | 24 Feb 2005 16:02 | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→
new orleans is a great place to go do nothing. i lived there for a year? your post really brought back all that i loved about the place ( like eating breakfast in jackson square and living over a strip club on bourbon street). but a new yorker like you? would be bored to tears inside of 6 months. after exploring debauchery in all it’s finery, o’course. ;-D

by [former member] | 25 Feb 2005 15:02 | chicago, United States | | Report spam→
natchez, mississippi: started off the day at the D-Day Museum in New Orleans, which unfortunately is one of these modern, dimly lit, interactive, slide-show, oral history places rather than a straight up old world display of regimental battle flags, hardware, and mournful statuary, which i would have enjoyed a lot more. then left new orleans across that long causeway across Lake Pontchatrain and visited the UCM Museum in Abita Springs, (UCM as in you-see-‘um) another folk art place with old arcade amusements, UFOs, alligators, and a gallery of paint-by-numbers paintings. then onwards to kentwood, home of britney spears, who i believe is both a tragic figure and one of the iconic forces of our era. sadly the Britney Spears Museum which interestingly doubles as Kentwood’s marriage license bureau, was closed. spoke to a woman who played softball with britney, a perky southern belle (sporting a wedding ring, sadly) in a VW bug, and visited britney’s house (the outside of it, at least, it is named “Serenity”) and the Nylas Hamburger House, a family restaurant with lots of good conservative middle aged folks eating under autographed posters of America’s favorite belly button, at all ages and hairstyles. almost every shop on kentwood’s main and only street is boarded up or closed. several industrial relics spew pollutants into the swamp, and the ubiquitous rail line cuts through town. the local newspaper has a column which suggested that all of our problems in this country stem from, uh, Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860. In the same newspaper, an AP story detailed the ongoing trial of an aged racist finally arrested for the killings of Cheney, Schwerner, and Goodman, in 1963.

by [former member] | 25 Feb 2005 20:02 (ed. Feb 25 2005) | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→
Man your trip looks fantastic from here. Milan is the here by the way. Remembers me of my childhood when my parents brought us to a road trip orlando-LA-Orlando. Natchez is the place where 15 years ago all my family was stopped by a fat greasy sheriff in his police car that asked my father what we where doing there because: “only negroes walk!” Hope it’s a little more friendly nowadays.
Take care and have fun for all of us.


by [former member] | 27 Feb 2005 04:02 | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
Hey Alan, hope you’re having a great time. Have a mint julep for me when you get to Kentucky.

by [former member] | 27 Feb 2005 05:02 | Mainland, China | | Report spam→
vicksburg, mississippi: listening to the gospel music on the radio this sunday morning, yesterday drove the back roads on the east bank of the big, mighty river. often the paved road would end and turn into dirt for a few miles, along sunken ravines, surrounded on both sides by out-of-control kudzu vines. reached the ghost village of Rodney, which i visited 11 years ago, and was happy to find this old Masonic lodge i had photographed back then still standing. The juke joint where i had a beer was gone, sadly. most of the houses and shacks in Rodney are abandoned. i went into an old shack and saw amidst the desolation, a rocking chair in the little living room that somehow the vandals had neglected to loot or wreck. afterwards rolled into vicksburg, and found a thrash metal band deafening a very small group of goth teens.

by [former member] | 27 Feb 2005 09:02 | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→
thiis getting too long so i started a new thread.

by [former member] | 28 Feb 2005 03:02 | on the road, south, United States | | Report spam→

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