The plan for this past Thursday was to take Amanda up to my mother's house so that she could "rake in a little cash" by helping out with some yard work that my mother really doesn't need to be doing by herself. After all she's going to be 75 in June and even though she's in darned good shape for someone her age, she's got a pretty large yard where leaves and sticks like to congregate and it's way too much for her to be doing on her own. Add on the fact that Amanda has great plans that require money and it seemed like a pretty good combination ... except for the fact that Amanda and Manual Labor are apparently not exactly good friends; matter of fact, I am beginning to suspect that they are not even passing acquaintances! Which is too bad as she could accumulate a pretty good bit of ka-ching if she would just put her back into it a little bit.
Anyhow, all that aside, while Amanda was getting acquainted with the nuances of a lawn rake, I took the chance to drive the short distance to Plainfield (the next town over) and spend some time by the side of the railroad tracks in the hopes that maybe a freight train or two might pass through. While waiting to hear a whistle blow, I walked around and took some pictures of the hopper cars that were parked on the various sidings.
As you can see, one man's method of storage on wheels is another man's canvas and the graffiti definitely adds a different perspective to what were once plain railroad cars. Personally, I think they're kinda cool and believe that last picture is my favorite of the group and would look pretty nice framed and hanging on my wall .. or maybe the first one or possibly even the one in the middle! I just can't seem to make up my mind! What do you think?