Diane Putnam

Diane Putnam

Posted on 09/17/2018


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Fence Friday (Not the Original)

Westside Grocery

Westside Grocery 

That highway on the left is the border between Oregon and California. I am sitting on the California side (woohoo!).

NOTE: I am always amused by comments about how American the subjects in my photos look. Welp,* yes they do, but it's the only stuff I've got to look at around here! I thank all of you for making me smile. ;-b

*slang-pronunciation for "well."

Bindubaba, Andrea Riberti, kiiti, slgwv and 9 other people have particularly liked this photo


19 comments - The latest ones
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
Looks like a film set!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Diana Australis
Does it? "Shootout at the Westside Grocery" - lol! Thank you, Diana.
2 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
This a greatly composed picture ! And I agree with Diana: like a scene from a road movie !
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Ulrich John
Well, Ulrich, I live in a scene from a road movie. It can't be helped - haha!
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
So the shop should have been called Northside groceries, right?
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Andy Rodker
Uhh, no. "Westside" is, I think, the reference is to being west of the nearby town of Tulelake, Calif. But, I've been wrong before and if so, I'll notify the authorities responsible for the proper naming of commercial enterprises. I swear, this country is falling apart! Thanks, Andy!
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock
I love this quintessentially American scene, Diane. Nice angle from which you have shot the grocery. Cheers, Joe
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Joe, Son of the Rock
Thanks very much, Joe!
2 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
I want to know what the missing commodity is (between liquor and beer)..!!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Keith Burton
Probably used to say DELI. Or, DONUTS. I'd prefer DONUTS.
2 months ago.
Keith Burton has replied to Diane Putnam
Me too!
2 months ago.
Leon_Vienna has replied to Keith Burton
Was my first thought, too!
2 months ago.
John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald
So much of North America was settled in the 19th century that the buildings were often built from the same stylebooks. The main difference between buildings of that era here and those in Europe is that the craftsmanship tends, I think, to be better in Europe. The buildings with fine craftsmanship here were usually worked on by European craftsmen, I think. There's a neighbourhood in Toronto built by Scottish masons who came over to work on the provincial legislature and Old City Hall. Anyway, houses and stores in North America were often built by the people who were going to live in them or operate the business in them.
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to John FitzGerald
So right. Also, the further west you go, at least in the US, the more temporary the old rural and small-town buildings look, probably because people had (and still have!) the "just passing through" psychology.

I'd like to see that Toronto neighborhood on Street View, John.
2 months ago.
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj ) I LoVe it here !
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!…
Upon reading your info .... I ask why did you move there ? ....Interesting to see what it's like in other country's !!!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!…
Grew up here, moved to California with my family in 1962. I will always consider myself a Californian. Mom and Dad moved back here to retire, because it's WAY cheaper. Eventually, I could tell they weren't doing well on their own. I agonized over moving back here, because it was always the last place I'd ever want to live! But, I knew I had to. Dad died a year after I arrived, now Mom is 93 and in assisted living close by. She has Alzheimer's. I'm glad I got to spend Dad's last year with him.

I never have adjusted to living here (really, I kind of refuse to adjust to it!), but it's made bearable by my son and grandchildren, who also live here. We're all still here because now we can't afford where we came from! Culturally, it's massively unlike the San Francisco area and I don't even socialize here. Ten years later, I'm still homesick. Fortunately, I have two good neighbors, also single, older women and also from California, so we commiserate, sometimes. Other than that, an old friend in California and Ipernity friends are my long-distance social life.

Well, that's it! ;-b
8 weeks ago.
slgwv
slgwv
I guess I live in a movie set too, because it looks perfectly normal to me! ;)
8 weeks ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to slgwv
Yes, I'm certain you do! Ha! ;-)
8 weeks ago.
L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall
... but true Americana ... and if you view it with a certain mindset, a little more picturesque than some ...
6 weeks ago.