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It’s Been Awhile

There has been a serious lack of posts lately. I do apologize for that. First I haven’t been on my bike in months. I don’t know if it’s the weather or feeling a lack of inspiration or aka boredom. I think what threw me off was I got sick in early December or late November. Then there was the holidays, shorter days with more darkness and most of my free time has been at night. I don’t like biking at night. I’ve also been busy with other things which are a little more personal.

One thing I’ve been playing around with are making videos. In the past few weeks I have added some videos to my YouTube Channel as a challenge. Video is something I know nothing about. I find it very intimidating. I don’t like how I look or how I sound. I think this is a common occurrence. Hearing the sound of your voice can be sort of strange. However, I’m doing it anyway. Check out my YouTube channel and subscribe. I don’t have a name for the channel yet. I’ve been greatly influence by channels such as The Daily Woo and The Carpetbagger. They are much better at it than I and travel all over.

I’ve also been working on getting some of my photos on a site where I can sell some. In addition, I’ve been working on some silly illustrations for fun and decided to put them on a site where I can put them on t-shirts and sell them. So check out my store on RedBubble.

Other than that, I am starting to get the itch for riding the bike and when I do I’ll be sure to post something.

Engine Co 26

Engine Co. 26

Engine Co 26 / American Timber Company

This was a very early drawing. It was done on a Sunday evening in mid/late June of 2014. The structure is located on the corner of N. 2nd St and Madison St in the Near North Riverfront industrial/warehouse district. Most of the buildings around this are taller warehouses built between 1896 and 1919. When this was built it was a fire station – and probably one of the oldest still standing and is a bit older than the buildings surrounding it. I don’t have an exact date but I would put it at being built after 1876 and before 1892. In 1876 this corner was a stone quarry. I wonder if that stone used on the station was from that same quarry. That’s a cool bit of information.

Click here for a map of this corner in 1876
Click here for a map of this corner in 1892

What drew me to this was how it contrasted with the surrounding buildings, the large Romanesque arches, the corner turret, the stone and brick work and the ornamentation above the second story windows.

Engine Company 26

Engine Company 26

Blue Windows - Demolished

Blue Windows – Demolished

Fire Escape

Fire Escape

Blue Doors

Blue Doors

Spiral Fire Escape

Spiral Fire Escape

Loading Docks

Loading Docks