Sy loves Graffiti: Traincars

February 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm (Art, My Outings)

I have been traveling on the weekends lately for my insurance business, and I keep seeing this long string of traincars along the freeway, off the road a bit, that have some graffiti on them. From what I could see, some of it was pretty good! I kept thinking that I’d stop sometime and go see if I could get close enough to take pictures of them. But it was always raining, or late, or really cloudy, or I was in a hurry, etc. WELL. This last weekend, it was actually sunny out, and I had some time after my final appointment, so my hubby and I decided to give it a go! We drove out to the closest road we could figure to where the traincars were at, and hiked the 1/4 mile or so out to them. And then the cars themselves were about 1/4 mile long as well! With graffiti on every single car. We took lots of pics, and I wanted to share them with you! Click to enlarge. Enjoy!

Joyns:

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Unknown:

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“5ACTO”? “FYSR”? Not sure.

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Detail:

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My hubby liked this little guy: “SKOOB”?

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SPOK:

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Here, we climbed through a connection to the other side of the train, and found another SPOK tag…

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A rather plain-speaking vandal leaves his mark:

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More white-pen work…

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SKETCH5 here seems to have made some white-pen wielding enemies….

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Under this is written “WASTED DRUNK’D” but that’s not what the tag appears to say. Not sure what it says.

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No idea.

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Different! I likes it.

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I took the picture of this one shortly before realizing that the artists often ‘signed’ their tags with a much more readable print, thus ‘decoding’ their tag art into actual letters the layman could read. But because I hadn’t realized that yet, I didn’t include the key, which is in the lower left hand corner. “ESA” is all we get of this one. Perhaps “LIESA” Or “LISA”. “GESA”? Hmm…..

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Voted “The awesomest tag” on the trip, RAIN is a really neat one, and it’s one of the tags I saw from the freeway and liked. It looks a little like it might be “RAINS” but it was signed just “rain” so I think the squiggle at the end is just decorative. Notice it says “Huge Reps” up in the corner. Lol, I thought that was funny.

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Another view of RAIN: ( I didn’t notice until typing this that the R is backwards in this tag. The brain is a weird thing. )

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One of the Many GNOSIS tags on these cars. I think GNOSIS is a tag I recognize from elsewhere, but I couldn’t tell you where. He has a very uniform style across his tags.

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Interesting looking tag. No sig/key on this one. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Some ‘evidence’ left behind, along the tracks…

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Apparently, burning out railroad ties is a fun thing to do when you’re out tagging with your buddies. We saw about 5 of these out there.

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This accompanied a pair of tags that were done in the same style, next to each other. They were 3 letters each, and each tag covered a whole car, top to bottom. Very large. Then they repeated the tags on the next two cars, but mirrored. (Backwards)

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“VASKOE”?

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Nice, clear key: “SANE”. This was the last car in the row. We were getting a little tired.

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While we were taking photos of the final car, a BIG dog came up to the tracks from the bushes about 20 meters away. He barked at us one time, then sauntered back into the bushes the way he came. I barely had time to notice him before he was already shambling away. I’m really glad he did, we had no weapons with which to fight off a large dog. It spooked us a little. For the record, if it would have attacked, or come closer, I would have suggested to hubby that we yell at it and try to look large and sound mean. Unless the dog is REALLY determined, this usually works. Eek.

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Time to head back!

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Mr GAFIS here apparently fancies the title “The Panty Droper”

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I really liked the colors of this one. The photo got a bit washed-out. Pity.

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“KATIE”. So cute!

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I liked the look of this one, particularly the technique used on the tops of the letters, the feathering, there…

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Kanten saw this one from further away than I did, and pointed out it was a snail or something. I stepped back, and then I could see it. These all looked way better from the freeway or from way back. I think this guy actually looks like a nerd. From the candy boxes?

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This was pretty creepy. Some of the cars’ doors were open, and people had gotten up in there and painted inside. This one says “BLOOD” prominently, and right above it is written “F— the Bloods” in a different hand. I imagine that these cars have been down to California. I kept poking my head into the cars, half expecting to find a bum or a body. o_o

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I just found this funny: “R U FAKIN, OR 4 REAL?”

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Another “RAIN”. I can’t figure out if this is a tribute, or if RAIN actually did it. There’s two tags on top of each other here. I wonder who wrote the “I <3 Me” lol.

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And, finally, the last pic we took: The GNOSIS tag we liked the best. He uses a lot of silver. I wonder who it is who loves Kyra.

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Welp, that took forever. 2.75 hours to post all that. Phew! I think it might have taken longer than the hike itself! =P Hope you enjoyed the pics, please feel free to comment, especially if you’re good at reading tags! I’d love to have translations or backstories on some of them.

-Sy

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Adventures with Sy: Asian Market

November 16, 2007 at 9:00 pm (Funny, My Outings, Of interest to Foodies)

I had to get my wonderful awesome car lubed today, in preparation for our yearly trek to Boise, ID for thanksgiving with some extended family. It’s fun! But it meant I had to slouch around while they changed the oil in the car, no fun. But this time, I’d noticed on my way there, there was a large asian market across the street that I’d never noticed before, despite the obvious signs that it’d always been there. I strode in confidently, and immediately headed to one side of the store to inspect items in one the refrigerator cases against the wall, out of sight of the store management. My anti-touristy instinct is so strong that I won’t even allow shop managers to know how awe-stricken I am with all the other-worldly wonders contained in their shop. =P

Safely out of view of the shopkeepers, I looked around wide eyed, and just started inspecting everything, regardless of my likelihood to purchase/consume the products in front of me. I looked around for a bit, but then I realized I was really missing out on a fun opportunity to write a blog post about the neat/funny things I saw! So I started snapping cellphone pics of anything that struck me as cute/neat/funny/arousing (yes, arousing, hold on, you’ll see haha) and I’d blog about it! Made the outing much more interesting.

First up is some adorable cuttlefish I found in the freezer case. Just look at them! Tell me they’re not adorable!?

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Then on to this mystery purple stuff, the ingredient list included cucumber, eggplant, “Beefsteak Plant” and ginger, but clearly, it’s some high-class stuff, because the shipment was apparently re-routed on its way to the emperor’s palace. o_o

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More purple stuff:

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I just like to read the label. “sweet purple yam jam” “sweet purple yam jam” “sweet purple yam jam” >_>

Another case contained be-plastic-bagged bottles of mayo. We’ve got your Horseradish Mayo… your Wasabi Mayo….. your -cheese- Mayo?! mmmmkay!

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This bag didn’t get translated correctly, the food is clearly triangular.

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[DRIED RADISH CUBES]

By far the most shocking item at the store… one would think that if you’re going to market a human-flavored food, one would do it in a slightly more subtle way…

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Petey wouldn’t touch Pocky with a ten-foot pole. Way to girly. But then they started making MANLY pocky…. Petey bought a whole case of it to prove how manly he really was. Also, the picture on this box…. I am confused and aroused.

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(rofl) (btw, it says “Bitter Chocolate” under “Men’s”)

I’ve recently learned about Furikake, thanks to Whiska…. and I found a WHOLE LOT of it at this store, just look at it! The Furikake harvest must have been plentiful this year….

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I found some either chili or curry powder-flavored Sour Patch Kids. You heard me. You try it first. *shoves it at you*

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I couldn’t think of a good argument against this marketing slogan. So I had to buy one.

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Just what I’ve always wanted…. Hard Candy Mines! Great for children in war-torn countries.

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I’m positive there isn’t near enough alcohol in these snack drinks to justify the name.

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And finally, my personal favorite…. the choice to place the uncolored Rock Candy on the shelf Right Next to the “White Alum” in crystallized chunks. (it’s hard to see the alum in this picture, but it looks clear, and …. well… like sugar in a big crystal hunk) –Dangerous, but strangely hysterical. Nice going, there, with the placement. asianmktalum.jpg

No offense to Asian stores or the culture at large, I love the culture, and I love these stores, that’s why I go. My big treasure this time was a really awesome brand of hard candy, they have a great Lychee flavor, it’s juicy and good, and has just the proper amount of “perfumy-ness” to accurately echo the real fruit (Which is maddeningly difficult to get my paws on around here….)

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SO good. Oh man. I ate one, walking back to my auto place, and I had to turn around and get back there to buy 4 more bags. o_o

It was fun! Hope you enjoyed the post! ^_^

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I’m off to Columbus, Ohio for NO REASON WHATSOEVER

September 26, 2007 at 2:27 pm (My Outings)

Well, I suppose there’s at least one reason: I bought airline fares for $10! =D The other week, Sthris mentioned Skybus.com as a place to get cheap airline tickets. So recently, I started checking the website occasionally to see when they update it, and if I might someday see some of those fabled $10 tickets pop up. Well after only about the 5th day of checking, I noticed a smattering of $10 tickets sprinkled throughout November, of all months, and a couple of them seemed to frame a nice 5-day weekend trip. After some (lively!) discussion with my husband, we bought the tickets, betting the money ($81 total, round trip for two) that we’d be able to get the time off from work on the appropriate days. (We did, whew!)

Of course, the only place that Skybus services from Seattle is …. Columbus, Ohio. That’s it. So, like….. that’s where we’re going!

We’ve never been out that way, and have no idea what there is to do there. Especially in early November. =P So, to remedy this, I’ve asked several friends who live in the area to fill me in on what we should do, and also I’ve posted some ads on various boards local to Columbus, asking the natives to help me decide where we should eat, and what we should see! I’ve already received 5 or 6 very helpful emails from said natives, suggesting their favorite sights, eats and haunts. It looks like we might have some fun on this vacation! The food sounds fairly promising (although there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of ethnic foods, /cry), and there are some neat things to see, and cute shopping areas, too.

We’ll have 3.5 full days there, and on Friday night, we’re going to have dinner at Sthris’ house, and perhaps there will be some other members of my guild there, that would be fun!

I’m hoping to book a hotel in downtown or the German Village, someplace like that, close to walk-around areas.

More info on this coming soon! If you have a suggestion of where to go, eat, or see stuff, please post!

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