monday monologue

There is no place on earth hotter 
Birmingham Alabama  
I swear.  
Mathews Virgina
 in the dead heat of mid-July 
isnt even as hot 
my Blisters will attest to how hot Mathews is  
Right ladies?  
Birmingham is a fabulous place to visit 
once you get acclimated to the heat 
I took more photos than I can count 
had the best food 
got some amazing photographs 
you wont see them here
this is a NewYawk blog 
if you want to see my time in Sweet Alabama 
you'll have to go on over to 
 for wordless photos 
over the next week or three anyway 

for today I will share some of what I did 
with the gracious lovely Virginia (Virg to her friends) Jones 
who has two blogs for her two loves 
who let me sleep in her guest room

Last June
Virg introduced me to her friend Mary 
Mary doesn't blog but helps us photographers find some amazing things to snap  
You may recall Mary from our trip to Vegas last October

that's Mary, me and Virg

without too many more words 
here are some highlights of my visit
 waiting to go through security at 
LaGuardia Airport 
I saw this sign 
Laughed Out Loud
 Saturday morning we went to Pepper Place 
I bought this tee for ToonMan

We also met up with StevieWren who blogs at A Little Birdie Told Me
that's my knee stickin' up between Virg and Stevie
who brought along two of her gorgeous granddaughters
to say hello to this Yankee visitor

After we visited all too briefly with Stevie
sweated off 20 lbs
wandering Pepper Place taking pix
we went to lunch 
doesnt everyone who visits the south have BBQ?
do they have desserts like this?

after lunch we drove around Virg's hood
stopped at Smith's for something I cant recall
while wandering the aisles I saw this
I am guessing they're for BBQ frog leg lovers

Dinner was at little savannah

afterward we went to Chez FonFon for dessert
coconut cake for Mary and Virg
lemon tart for moi
(bad low light iPhone photo, sorry)
Yes, we ate constantly
I am going to fast for a month
yeah sure

Sunday after we drove Mary to the airport
Virg and I went photo hunting
you'll have to go to Through My Eyes to see what we saw

I wish I could have stayed longer
I invite you all to go see the other photos
visit Virg
visit Stevie

My flights were filled with kids and noisy 
so when I landed and got into the car to go home I relaxed
ah New York you never disappoint
stopped for a traffic light crossing East 96th Street
I spotted this
you're not in Birmingham any more
a cow figurine/statue in a window
only in New York!