Monday, January 07, 2008

3 Lions Puking

These lions are in a part of old downtown Marietta, by the railroad tracks that has had face lift. The name of the section is Marietta Station Walk. All the old warehouses, the ice company, an old chemical company, all have been gutted and redone to make look like an old warehouse/turned office building. They went to all that trouble to make it look like what it was or is…. Fantastic!

These three lion’s heads overlook a courtyard type of parking lot, away from view of the regular downtown traffic. Look at the lions’ chin. They are whistle clean. That is because when it rains the tops of their heads catch the rain, and it flows out their mouths.

This cobblestone brick office complex is also an unofficial shelter for some homeless people More than once I have drove downtown on a Sunday morning just at day break and ran through the Marietta Station Walk: in and out of the brick corridors and up and down the fancy brick staircases and usually almost tripping over somebody sleeping in a doorway that had no place else to go.

At times I have seen empty half pint bottles to help them keep warm at night and possibly help them temporary escape the misery in their minds.

That could be a frightening sight – if you made one of those brick doorways your home at night, and you stepped out in the rain and vomited the rot-gut whiskey you just consumed and to see three lions staring at you, appearing to be upchucking as well.

click on the above picture to see the 3 lions.



Blogger Suzanne said...

Someone just told me about his first visit to NYC. When he offered leftovers from his restaurant meal to a homeless person, the man took the bag and excitedly told him that he would warm them up in his microwave and the special spot he knows where he can plug it in. Having a homeless microwave sure beats looking at those lions!

1:12 PM  
Blogger ET said...

A microwave for the homeless? I'm lost already.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Yeah, I guess it was one of the items he carries with him. I have no idea how he got it (probably someone threw it out and he scooped it up). The ingenious fellow made his find useful by discovering a public outlet he can utilize to power his microwave and heat his food. This is why I love New York.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

So the microwave has no permanent home, either. It lives on the streets with the homeless man, making it a homeless microwave.

9:12 AM  
Blogger ET said...

That is nice. Does he carry the microwave in a shopping cart?

Maybe he needs a Home Depot flat bed tram - he could put his microwave, maybe one of those outside patio fireplaces, maybe a TV or a stereo system - finding an outside plug-in shouldn't be that hard.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I don't know how he carted around his microwave (the person who told me this story left out such an important detail - the nerve!), but I agree with you that a flat bed cart would be appropriate if he accumulates more electronics.

8:49 AM  
Blogger ET said...

If a homeless did have a tram with all his electronics on it, but still a nomad, I bet "Coming through!" would be the phrase he would use most often.

9:57 AM  

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