School, Part III
Continuing where we left off...
||Downstairs to the back was this particularly
interesting area where the actual bar was.
||Here's the a bit of the decor. Time-traveling
is fun, isn't it?!
||A wide shot of the room. So much
funk has been conjured in this room you could open a fertility clinic here.
||Yeah, that's a combination Home &
Garden has never come up with.
||Ah, now the room is complete!
||Next we went upstairs.
Out of the window there's a ramp going
across to the roof of first building we explored...
||...where scavengers had pretty much raped
the AC units on the roof.
||One of the rooms upstairs (the actual
top floor this time, not the elevated first floor). The lesson here
is that blue carpet does not go with purple walls.
||A room upstairs where it looks like they
swept a bunch of stuff into the center of the room. Well, it's a
||I can barely move my futon, let alone
toss it across the room, but then again, I've never ripped holes in the
wall big enough to see the blowers on my AC system.
||This is exactly how most of my
slumber party fantasies play out, only the other girls still have the mean
one tied up the next morning when they go home and leave her to fend for
||Tons more drivers' licenses. There
were a few of these downstairs in the "principal's office," but this was
about a thousand times that.
||This looked like a sweatshop, but I don't
know what went on here. I was sweating though.
||Another classroom that scavengers have
gotten into where they harvested giant bobby pins or paper clips or whatever
those things are on the floor.
||A staircase full of law books. Who
is it that gets to say, "Throw the book at 'em!" because I want to
be the guy he says it to.
As promised, here's the end of the story.
Since Melancholy was playing Stanley Kubrick
inside (i.e., taking forever with each shot), I went ahead of him and explored
much of the building on my own. When I got to the end and had all
the shots I needed, I went back and checked in on him. He still had
a ways to go, so I told him I'd run off and get us some drinks (i.e., fruit
juice; it was hot). Unfortunately, someone from the neighborhood
spotted me leaving. I explained that I was just getting shots of
the city. You could see downtown in the distance with the sun setting
behind it. They didn't look convinced, but figured white people are
crazy (as is evident from the internet), so it was plausable enough.
I was almost back to my car and out of there by that point.
I called Melancholy on his cell and told
him that he'd probably better wrap it up in case they decided to check
out the building themselves. I told him I'd swing by and pick him
up. As I drove up, there was a guy who looked like LL Cool J on a
bike pedaling along in front of the place not too far from Melancholy.
He tried to get me to stop, but Mel waved me toward him, so I barely slowed
down enough for him to jump in. The guy had seen him and was asking
him what he was up to and basically had him pretty rattled because he was
getting kind of hostile about it like maybe his momma said to knock him
out. We high-tailed it out of there at that point, and fortunately
the guy couldn't keep up. I took a right on red at the first light
we came to rather than waiting for it to change while he caught up.
As of this writing we haven't been back
to the area even though there are other interesting things nearby (e.g.,
a tunnel). I didn't go into this above (I'll save it for another
gallery at a later date), but there was at least one homeless guy living
in the woods next to the place. Being the only white non-vagrants
in the area, we're fairly conspicuous, and toting cameras and tripods,
even more so. As such, this one will have to wait a bit before we
have the nerve to return.