Friday, October 24, 2008

For McCain, the Road to Victory Passes Straight Through the Queen City.

About two months ago, on August 29th, I stood outside the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio with a “point-and-shoot” Sony digital camera in one hand and a ticket to the John McCain “Road to the Convention” campaign ticket in the other. I was watching the folks in line to see what kind of cameras they were being allowed in, debating if I should return to my car and retrieve my Canon 40d, then see if security would let me in with it.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Back in Athens, back to The Ridges.

-A cobblestone path featuring bricks originally fired in Athens, Ohio leads up to "The Ridges."

"The Ridges" is the name designated for the Ohio University owned, former Athens State Hospital Property. The Kirkbride style hospital originally opened in 1874. For those of you unfamiliar with "Kirkbrides," they were a common style of mental hospitals built on large plots of isolated land where patients took care of the land. Many Kirkbrides like the Athens State Hospital featured self sustaining apple orchards, gardens, and dairy farms. The hospital in Athens became part of Ohio University in 1993 when the final patients left and the grounds were transferred to the school. Today the main ward and wings serve as an art museum and office space, unable to be photographed.