Thursday, February 26, 2009


Different age groups have their particular fun and games. When you're my age, you sit at home of a night, writing a blog about neons. When you're young and energetic, you are likely to spend many evenings out amongst those bright lights and the crowds they gather round them like moths. It was thanks to my Aussie bro that I happened to be out late for a jazz concert a couple of years ago and caught these two images.

The neons I'm most likely to spot nowadays are the odds and ends one finds in the collectible shops around town. I wouldn't mind owning Big Bird (below.) He would make a fine night light for the loo.

Maybe it's time that I strolled Whiskey Row with my camera for an evening or two. I kinda like these neons!


Omegadad said...

Love the neon Mom... years ago, I worked at a sign company that had a neon shop, and I have many fond memories of watching an older man (whose name I don't recall) bend fanciful shapes in glass then fill the tubing with mysterious gases. (Neon, by the way, glows reddish orange. The other colors are from other Noble gases.)

Anonymous said...

This post would have been perfect on Tuesday, Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday!

But, it's great for today. And we all can still....

.... laissez les bons temps roulez!

(Let the good times roll!)

~Anon in AV.

Anonymous said...

When I was a lad, my Grandfather had a small restaurant/store in Berkely. I always used to love the neon beer signs he had hanging on the walls.

Granny J said...

SIL -- I admire the idea that there are now artists working in the neon (and other noble gases) medium. It must have been a gas to work in that shop!

anon av -- you're right, but I didn't think of it. For that matter, I should have posted the WallyMart display of Mardi Gras junk beads, but then I haven't downloaded my camera since my trusty MacLemon went bye-bye.

steve -- I had a couple of beer neons, but they were badly out of focus & not artistically so.

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