Like Being On The Road

Stars and bars.

Sometimes just leaving Orleans Parish is like going on a road trip, not that I drove very far, maybe 12 miles. But, it’s another world.

I had to buy some electronics and a paint bucket. Best Buy is the best place for digital gear. I was grumbling while I drove. I had to buy a charger for my new iPhone 12. Who sells a phone without a charger?

Apple, that’s who.

Even the folks at Best Buy laugh about it. Of course the store makes money, but the people who work there think that Apple is just greedy. And, their charger costs twice what other legit makers charge.

Oh, they do give you the charging cable.

I actually like going to that big shopping center except for it’s organization. It was built in stages by different developers. To go from Best Buy to Home Depot required me to drive through two parking lots and work my through two stoplights.


But, I was able to stop by a cool little restaurant that we used to eat at when we first returned from New Mexico. Entering it is like stepping back in time.

I took a look around and asked the guy behind the counter if I could take a few pictures. He shrugged his shoulders, so I did.

This picture makes me think of trips through tiny little midwestern towns. It sort of excited me when I looked the finished product.

Stopping and eating here was a big deal for me. It was my first time actually eating inside a restaurant since the start of the pandemic. It’s true that we have eaten at two restaurants previously, but we were outside and about 6 miles from the next table.

Let me tell you, it felt really good. Better yet, the food tasted really good.

Now that’s something to feel a large measure of gratitude for being able to do.

Now you know why I’m late with this post. I ate lunch. Sorry about that.

No. I’m not.


There is nothing to this photograph other than that I like the subject matter.

There is little to no work done in post production. Mostly, I brightened and sharpened it a bit.

That’s it.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Get your jabs. Look after each other. Be patient. Enjoy a restaurant or two. They need us.



7 responses to “Like Being On The Road”

  1. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    Love, love, love this picture! The composition is awesome. I’m seeing it on an iPad and have to scroll, and can’t wait to get to the computer to see it on a big screen. I feel like I’m learning from it, the way you used the doorway to frame the other objects. And – it is so cool that you can be back out in the world! We ate indoors last week for the first time, too, and it was awesome.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Awesome. 🙂 Thank you. This kind of photography goes back to my editorial days. I would have liked a waitress to pass blurringly through backroom, but there still are none of them working. It’s also part of my theory of just waiting.


  2. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    And apparently, I really like the word ‘awesome’. 😊


  3. Judi Castille Avatar

    Love this, the layers, colours. Like those plates too…trying to enlarge to see details! 👀 yes a great photo.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. Those plates are just Americana. If I go there again, I’ll work them.


      1. Judi Castille Avatar

        I really like the whole rural, homestead, feed sack and crafting America has. All my new clients for my illustrating are from America. They are so enthusiastic. Sadly our Western culture isn’t. Its critical and very short sighted.

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        That’s called Americana. That’s just a small segment of the country. I made a lot of money licensing pictures of that, but we are fairly minimalist. Our house was built in 1854 but the inside is very modern except for the damn French stove.


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