I think I'm ready for one of Tony's Hot Nuts.
By this time tomorrow, I will be cruising down I-71 on my way to southern Ohio. Scalia Lab says that the weather is supposed to be crummy, but I'm not going to let it get me down.
Athens will not look like this
when I get there, but the general idea will be the same.
In case you care: Plenty of Athens photos (including the one from 1942 shown above) are in a photo gallery on the city's Web site. You can also find all kinds of snazzy images in the Ohio Historical Society's online collection, cleverly titled OhioPix. That's where I found the shot of Court Street at night.
Actually, the historical society doesn't have a lot of items posted for Ohio University or Athens. (The mother lode for that would be the digital collections and digital exhibits of the Ohio University Archives & Special Collections.) However, I did manage to find this lovely vintage photo of the place I'll be having dinner on Saturday night.
Pretty freaky, right? It used to be the state mental institution, but now the university owns it and is renovating/developing the buildings and surrounding land. (More information than you probably wanted to know is on the Ridges page at Forgotten Ohio. There's also a good article in the Athens News: "The Ridges: Echoes of History.")
Our group is taking a ghost tour of it after dinner to "get a first-hand look at why Athens is ranked as one of the top ten most haunted cities in the United States," if I may quote from the conference brochure. Assuming I survive, I'll tell you all about it on Monday. I'm sure you can't wait. . . .
Off to transfer my "Have a Cold One" random playlist to my iPod.
Now playing on iTunes: Stereophonics - Last of the Big Time Drinkers