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A little less than a happy high
This may have no purpose whatsoever.

I took this picture of a coffee roaster a couple of weeks ago because I thought it was a neat looking machine. It was right at the front of a place at the end of Pi Alley called Café au Lait that I would occasionally walk to for lunch. I can’t say that I ever had their coffee, but they baked their own baguettes and made them into the absolute best sandwiches downtown.

I use the past tense because they’ve closed. Sometime in the past two weeks, they pulled up stakes. Aside from the empty storefront, there’s no indication – no coffee roaster, no baguettes, no sign – that they ever even existed. My goat cheese and olives with tomato and arugula on fresh-baked bread is just another victim of the franchise wars. Which, of course, brings me to my next photo...

This recruitment center occupies space on Tremont Street that once housed offices of the Boston Archdiocese. Luckily, it became available just before the new Silver Line bus started running and depositing disaffected youths from the poorest parts of the city right across the street.

They’ve since changed their signage. I guess someone must have seen it and realized the endless potential for hilarity. Either that, or they realized that if they put their entrance on Park Place, they'd be that much closer to the bus stop. Always, thinkin', they is.
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dirtymikesell From: dirtymikesell Date: August 9th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
War is the new religion! ...or new coca-cola...I get them confused.
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2004 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Coca-cola is the new Gwar!
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komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
MACHINES! Sorry, couldn't resist.

Seriously, though, thanks. I keep meaning to put together a post with a series of shots from around Boston, but a) I want to see which ones end up in the photomeme I've been working on for too long and b) I'm limited to working in spare moments in the office. (I really need to do something about my PC situation at home.)
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: August 9th, 2004 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised no one put the words Ticket to Death under the One Way sign.
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think they've got a budget set up to deal with graffiti, because that place has been hit more often than the back alleys in Chinatown. The best so far was a sticker that questioned the heavy presence of minorities on the recruiting posters you can see through their windows. It said, simply, "Where are the white boys at?"
From: skygoodwill Date: August 9th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are the pictures related?

Coffee grinder is a metaphor for a lover or Grinding is a metaphor for sex.
komos From: komos Date: August 10th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)


The most obvious connection is that in each case, what's pictured was no longer there two weeks later. There are others, though.

It's not actually a grinder... it's a roaster. I guess things are heatin' up? ;P
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