choose your own adventure...
I brought my camera with me when I left for the gym at 4:45am. My plan was to hit the pool and then head over to the old Westinghouse factory before work. It's going to be torn down, and it's one of my favorite spots to "urban explore".
When I left the gym, the sky was just incredible. And I had my good camera with me!
So I ran round the parking lot snapping pics. People were heading in the the gym and I wanted to stop them and say, "Hey! Check out this amazing sunrise. Your workout can wait 2 minutes!"
I got my shots and headed down the road to get on the freeway. That's when I saw a giant rainbow! Of course I got out and took photos. I couldn't believe my luck, in having my camera with me on such a beautiful morning.
After I got the rainbow pics, I got on the freeway to head downtown. It was raining and I worried I wouldn't be able to get shots of Westinghouse. I was also worried it might be already torn down.
But I got there and it was still standing, in all of its crumbling glory. And the rain stopped.
So I got my shots. No one was around so I was able to take my time. It strange seeing these old buildings, decaying out in the middle of nowhere. Well, in the middle of the inner city, but no houses or people are ever around. Just this hulking giant factory that once employed thousands.
I got most shots from my car, just to be safe. It's not a good neighborhood. When I did get out I saw a crack pipe among the rubble.
I wanted to get one more shot of the doorway that displayed the factory's name. It was an easy shot to get from my car, but I noticed a small piece of wood nailed to the front. It was starting to rain again, and I had a ton of shots, but I decided to get out of the car and see what it said.
This is what it said:
I read the little hand-made sign and was just blown away. Standing there in the rain, amid the garbage and rubble, I felt that sign was put there just for me. A 44 year old lady crawling around an inner city neighborhood taking pics of an old factory that most people don't care about.
But of course that sign is up there for everyone. And after this building is torn down, at least I have a photo of it, to share with everyone. Choose your own adventure. I know I'm going to always be choosing mine.
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