Tim Kiser's photos with the bumper poles

Idea for a nondoor.

Idea for a nondoor.
This is giving me a design idea for a fireplace for my house, including the bollards.

No but seriously, this is a bank ("Homestead Savings Bank"), and seeing this I'm ready to give all of my money to it.

No but seriously, it's a smoking shelter for smok…
Added on December  9, 2016

A concrete ornament and a bollard to prevent you from ramming your car into it.

A concrete ornament and a bollard to prevent you from ramming your car into it.
Well, welcome to the parking lot I guess. The concrete ornament is intended to resemble a phony trashcan. Ridiculous!

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In downtown Lexington, Kentucky, on June 14th, 2014, at the north corner of East Short Street and North Martin…
Added on August  5, 2016

Forget about egress.

Forget about egress.
I tell people in Michigan, "Michigan is like Russia, right?" and they don't get it. This kind of stuff is what I mean — the widespread absence of good government. No fire marshals!

I'll start saying, "Michigan is like Russia: no fire marshals!"

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Added on December 30, 2015

An Arby's and its bollards.

An Arby's and its bollards.
The sign and bollards are leaning because the land underneath the parking lot is starting to collapse.

Arby's Corporation will celebrate its centennial in 2064 and I'm already looking forward to the celebration.

Arby's Corporation is owned by Roark Capi…
Added on August  5, 2015

A bollards and guardrail scene of a McDonald's shadow cast upon a British Petroleum noncarwash with Monster drink and a badly leaning utility pole.

A bollards and guardrail scene of a McDonald's shadow cast upon a British Petroleum noncarwash with Monster drink and a badly leaning utility pole.
I found it difficult to decide how I ought to compose my picture and I don't think I ended up doing a very good job.

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In Port Huron, Michigan, on April 18th, 2015, a BP station as viewed from a McDonald's parking lot, off the west…
Added on October 15, 2015

Walking in a straight line toward a bldg's entryway canopy, perpendicularly to the bldg's façade.

Walking in a straight line toward a bldg's entryway canopy, perpendicularly to the bldg's façade.
After you finish taking pictures of the canopy, you can crash your car into the utility pole, using any of several available angles of approach.

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In downtown Miamisburg, Ohio, on April 4th, 2015, on the east side of South 1st Stre…
Added on December 22, 2015

5 bollards lineup of American Legion.

5 bollards lineup of American Legion.
I wish I knew the contents of the pitch-roofed Small Protrusion on the building's second floor: Oh how I wish I knew! Should I have gone inside and asked somebody?

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In downtown Miamisburg, Ohio, on April 4th, 2015, in an alley bet…
Added on August  9, 2015

A former tree, now a shrub.

A former tree, now a shrub.
The sight of any kind of tentacles usually gives me a sick feeling, and I circled this warily.

You will not bump your car into the concrete planter when approaching it from certain angles, according to these small bollards.

The little numbered signs wit…
Added on July 23, 2015

Grand!

Grand!
It's not barrier-free, unfortunately, but nevertheless it's still a nice-looking thing to get out of your car to.

Some clever person could put an entablature onto the bumper poles.

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In downtown Galveston, Texas, on July 15th, 201…
Added on September  7, 2014

Louisiana urban morning.

Louisiana urban morning.
Towels in lieu of windows.

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In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 11th, 2014, a Waffle House restaurant as viewed from the second floor of a Motel 6 at the northeast corner of Siegen Lane and Reiger Road.

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Li…
Added on August 29, 2014

Wonderful traffic cone art.

Wonderful traffic cone art.
I doubt that there are people who have ever explicitly disliked this, but if there are then those people are on the wrong side of history, because this is where things are headed.

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In Louisville, Kentucky, on March 7th, 2014, on t…
Added on July 15, 2014

Plenty of phonin.

Plenty of phonin.
This is a Cincinnati Bell product. Some thoughtful fool decided it would be cute for the phonestand to be colored green to match the gaspump canopy. Shit, even the Uni-Mart back there don't care about matchin colors.

Here is gas station phone service for…
Added on July  8, 2014

Ten dollar "Hero Bouquets" available.

Ten dollar "Hero Bouquets" available.
Do not worry; the changeable-letters sign has got a locked screen over it, so smart aleck teens won't be able to rearrange the letters in the night.

It seems like that planter that the sign is parked on might be able to get some flowers put in it.

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Added on April 30, 2014

Walking to and from parked cars in this setting.

Walking to and from parked cars in this setting.
The curb paint looks almost like frosting.

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In Nashville, Tennessee, on March 4th, 2014, on the east side of 21st Avenue North, between West End Avenue and Hayes Street.

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Library of Congress classification…
Added on July  3, 2014

Do it do it do it!

Do it do it do it!
I did it and the weirdness of the conversation was fascinating and surreal. The staffperson kept looking at me I like I was a moonman and I just kept asking questions. The whole thing was ridiculous and I still laugh about it.

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Added on June 23, 2014

Parking spaces, transformer boxes, dumpster.

Parking spaces, transformer boxes, dumpster.
The bold orangish-yellow of the curbs and parking stripes is overwhelming the delicate pastels of the mural of phony housefaçades.

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In downtown Charleston, West Virginia, on August 19th, 2012, on the west side of Dickinson Street,…
Added on January  3, 2014

Such a pretty evening down here, so where is everybody!

Such a pretty evening down here, so where is everybody!
I can't think of anyplace else in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti metro area that has as many foil streamers to look at fluttering in the breeze of the evening sunlight, so I was surprised to find myself alone out here. Evening sunlight causes breeze.

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Added on October 20, 2013

Plastic chamber.

Plastic chamber.
The concrete-filled bumper poles ought to frustrate any fool who'd try to slam a stolen vehicle into the moneytaker at 4 a.m., thereby prying it loose so it can be made off with.

"PAY HERE IN ADVANCE" messages confuse bumpkins: "Duzzat mean I need to pay…
Added on August 11, 2012