Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Music that rattles, content and miles apart

- Driving up Ellsworth Industrial Blvd toward the Lumberyard Lofts near my office, a giant mariachi skeleton with a guitar marks the spot for the Bone Garden Cantina. My work neighborhood is known for its quirkiness - this is one of my favorite quirks.

- A cheerful man in a chef toque sits in a lawn chair under a tent near the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Belle Meade. He cooks and sells something that is smoking in a covered grill. He smiles and waves every day when I pass by heading home.

- Later at the end of a meeting in the 'burbs, two proud grandparents compare notes and photos of their red haired, blue eyed grandchildren living in New Zealand and North Carolina respectively.


Fireblossom said...

I love oddball stuff like this mariachi man.

One day, you'll have to stop and see what your waving friend is cooking up!

desk49 said...

No poem today
I'm sorry to say
but the skeleton
kept playing away

A man in a chair
cooks you said
if you stop and
cough up some bread

Two grandparents compare
two grandkids they don't share
and it seems be-waddled
they both have red hair

TALON said...

I've always got my fingers crossed that if/when we are blessed with grandchildren they are close enough for us to spoil rotten :)

I love the skeleton guitar player! Like you, I love quirky!

Sara said...

This is such a happy post and a perfect one for the first visit of my day.


Meredith said...

That mariachi player is awesome. Life would be so boring without quirky; wouldn't it?

I am now wondering what that chef is cooking...

Lynn said...

FB -

Me, too. :) Yeah - I'm thinking he is cooking something like burgers or barbecue.

Ellis -

I like that part about coughing up some bread. :) Thank you for my poem.

Talon -

I think you will be a wonderful grandmother! I hope they will be near you, too. The newest addition to our family lives in New York City and I haven't seen her since March.

Sara -

I like that and thanks for telling me! :)

Meredith -

It would be so boring without quirky - I agree!

I'm betting barbecue. I'll stop one day and report. Atlanta has passed "street food" ordinances and so it has been fun to see food stands and trucks around.

Jannie Funster said...

How sweet on the grandchildren. If Kelly's kids take after her reddish hair and blue eyes, I'll have me some of those photos in my wallet some day too. But as Talon says, I hope they are close enough to spoil rotten!! And have a lot of fun with.

Love the bones guy -- very colorful. Is he there year 'round, or just for this Haloween season.

(Speaking of Halloween... that's what my "lazer-gun future gal" costume was for, costume shop. Thanks for the inadvertent reminder for me to add in a little button showing that.)


G. B. Miller said...

Sometimes you get the best music in the most curious places...

Louvregirl said...

Sounds like a good day.

Ileana said...

Your quirky work neighborhood sounds perfect! We're thinking of hiring a mariachi band for my father's birthday party on Saturday. We'll see.

The cheerful man at the intersection reminds me of the guy selling flowers at one of our intersections (who always smiles at me...but has never give me a single flower). :(

Riot Kitty said...

You set the scene so well. Ever try writing fiction?

Snaggle Tooth said...

A different kind of Sculpture in the Halloween- Cinco da Mayo theme! Is that near that restuarant mural previously revealed?
If you weren't on a diet- would you eat the guys stuff for dinner?
There is no greater joy of grandparenthood than bragging rights! Halfway around the planet in another hemisphere, the kids aren't all that different, are they? I have two new grand-nephews I haven't met yet-

Lynn said...

Jannie -

The mariachi skeleton is a permanent fixture and the only indication that the restaurant is in that rather urban looking complex.

I think you will be the funnest grandmother ever.

G -

I agree. :)

lg -

It was a good day. Indeed.

Ily -

That sounds like a fun birthday party.

The flower man sounds fun, too - maybe one day he'll give you a flower. :)

Snaggle -

Good eye - it is the same. And yes - I probably wood. I don't ear a lot of meat anymore, so that's part of it, too. Although I had some yesterday - see today's post. :)

Lynn said...

Riot Kitty -

I left you out of my group response - I just realized.

No - I toy with fiction ideas, but haven't really come up with a unique idea.