Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
We go to Dothan to visit my aunt and, other than an occasional trip out to dinner, we do not usually have time for sightseeing. If the air conditioning had not gone out in our vehicle this trip I would probably not have discovered these peanuts again this year. The repair shop for our air was down in the older part of town and we found the peanuts seemingly around every corner. Regrettably, we did not have time to seek out all the peanuts my aunt told us about, which includes the Elvis Nut, Violin Nut, Mr. Peanut Head, Wise Ol' Owl Nut, and the Shopping Nut. There is even an “Officer I. B. Nuts” at the Police Station and a peanut fire hydrant complete with Dalmatian outside the firehouse.
According to the Dothan city website, "Peanuts Around Town" was undertaken to provide funding for restoration projects in the historic downtown area. Local businesses, civic organizations, and individuals may purchase and decorate their peanut according to their own concept. The five foot high hollow peanut sculptures made entirely of fiberglass weight 55 pounds. Prior to permanent installation by the city, the peanuts are filled with concrete bringing the weight to approximately 400 pounds.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
In my case, I am not one for walks down memory lane. I have no idea what is lurking there that I do not want to be forced to recall. A dread comes over me and warning bells start pinging in my head each time I am led near something that is connected with my past.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
"Save the pig"... is what the sign says that is located below this bright metal pig. This pig has been located in this same spot for most of the thirty years that I have been traveling to visit my Aunt in Dothan Alabama. But, the sign is new. My Aunt told me that the scrap yard that owns the pig is so well hidden by the overgrown trees that many people forget about their business, so they came up with a conversational reminder..."if you don't bring in scrap...we're going to have to scrap the pig."
The Dothan Pig was built around 1967 by Larry and Ronald Godwin. The pig is 26 feet long by about 13 feet tall and made from scrap steel. The pig's head used to move from side to side. The sculpture was created for a feed mill. The sign originally read "Going Whole Hog for Bob's Feeds" and was later changed to read "Monument to the Hog". The pig is now owned by Schnitzer Southeast, a scrap metal recycling company. The "Save the Pig" sign is just a gimmick to draw attention to their business.