Big Sombrero Man

After getting the image at Rosenthal Wine Tasting in Malibu we continued west on the Pacific Coast Highway.  In the 28000 block stands this Big Guy wearing a sombrero.  The building is now vacant but one would have to assume it once contained a Mexican restaurant of some type.  Not sure what he is holding, maybe a serving tray.  What do you think?

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Big Sombrero Man

Best of Philly Sea Captain

I didn’t get the connection but this sea captain is in front of Best of Philly on US-17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The place is small but it is a bit of South Philly transplanted to the South.  The cook is actually transplanted from South Philly and they use Amoroso’s Bread so you a guaranteed authentic rolls. We passed on the chance to grab a steak here and continued up US-17, finally eating at The Village Café in Hampstead, North Carolina.  Hate to say it, but I had a better meal than a cheese steak. Stop in if you are in the area.

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Best of Philly

Glen’s Muffler Man

How could I pass up this opportunity for a Muffler Man in Roanoke, VA.  Standing outside Glen’s Transmission & Automotive Repair he dominates the area.  We stopped by and had an opportunity to speak with Glen.  He loves the Muffler Man and told me it is included in sights to see in Roanoke.  He is trying to find a way to have the Muffler Man hold a ‘trannie, that would make his day. Glen was a great sport and it was a pleasure to meet him.

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Glen’s Muffler Man

Transformer Man

I call this a Transformer Man since it is made up of a bunch of car parts. It can be found on Sycamore Ave. in Buena Vista, VA in front of a metal reclaimation facility (aka: junkyard.)  I like it a lot since is showed a lot of creativity to construct.  This was our first stop in Virginia on our way to South Carolina to view the total eclipse in Columbia, SC.  No comment on the politics still displayed 9 months after the election.

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Transformer Man

 

Arrowhead Lake Big Native American

On the way out of the Arrowhead Lake Community where Ben and Annie purchased their Lake House we stopped by the Community Club House and they gave me a tour. Really nice and lots of room for all the activities available. In the lobby area I had to get this image of the Big Native American.

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Arrowhead Lake Big Native American

Gelco Paints and Wallcoverings

I was up at the Ben and Annie’s “Lake House” when they closed and we made a trip to the Big Box stores in nearby Mt. Pocono to pick up some items for the new property.  While leaving we stopped at Gelco Paints since they had this Big Paint Can and Painter out in front.  Gelco is on PA 940 and looks like a great place to pick up some Benjamin Moore paint.

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Gelco Paint Can

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Gelco Painter

Lying Down Man

Another artwork in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and  Sculpture Park.  This one is titled, “Lying Man.”  Created by Sean Henry in 2003. I couldn’t help myself and had to pose with the sculpture.  A couple of younger women wandered by as we were capturing this image.  They enjoyed my pose but said I needed a pillow to be complete.

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Lying Down Man

Bangor, MI High School Viking

Well, this was quite some find.  I knew about this Viking from a report on Roadside America.  We found our way to Bangor, MI High School, only to find that this guy stood past the end zone of the football field.  Unfortunately, there was a fence around the entire athletic complex.  Not to be deterred I went into the school office and made my case.  Fortunately, my plea fell on sympathetic ears.  One of the administrative assistants was kind enough to find the keys to the field and walked out to allow us access to the field.  My regret is that I did not write her name down assuming I would be able to remember it.  Not so.  If anyone sees this post and knows this woman please send me a note at “jim.hejl@jimsbigthings.com” Update: I did hear from the Superintendent of Bangor Public Schools, Dennis P. Paquette and he let me know the kindly person who walked us out to the field was Melissa Quinn, Assistant to the Athletic Director.

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Bangor HS Viking

Kokomo Judge

On our way to Saugatuck, Michigan we were surprised to spot this inflatable Big Judge.  I’ve taken photos with a lot of Big People, pirates, Amish people, etc. but never found a judge before.  This one illustrated Mike Anderson’s Auto Group pledge to not judge your credit when purchasing one of their cars.

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Kokomo Judge

Midas Hand

Here’s an inflatable I spotted in front of the Midas shop in Glendale on my way downtown.  I had to get with the Chief Photographer and get back to get the image.  I’m not big on inflatables but I haven’t seen this one before.

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Midas Hand

Sergio at Automotive Alley Garage

Planning a trip to Los Angeles starts with a visit to the Roadside America web site.  That’s where I found Sergio.  The automotive alley garage area is unlike anything I’ve see in the US.  There is a 4 or 5 block area of shops selling car parts.  While we were there I saw cars pull up and asked for a part for a model year car.  For example, “I’m looking for an alternator for a 1996 Toyota.”  It was like a drive-in for auto parts. All the people I could see were Hispanic and they were curious why a couple of white folks were on their turf.

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Sergio Muffler Man

Blue Crew Colt

There’s a great Indianapolis Colt fan that wanted to include everyone in his vision so he opened this sports bar. He started the Blue Crew grill a few years ago. As you probably guessed, it has a Colts theme. I drive by the joint pretty often, sometimes there is a Colts Blue Fire Hook and Ladder, sometimes other things. This time was this Big colt inflatable. I don’t know how many inflatable Colts there are but I’ve got several. (Update 2/21/15: the Blue Crew is closed, too bad!)

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Blue Crew Colt

Big Colts in Indy

Living in Indianapolis, mind it becomes almost obligatory to have Colt inflatables at most events. The one on the left was also at the Freedom Festival in Fishers. Later that year Fishers Football was playing at Lucas Oil Field (“The Luke”) and our way out of the suite this Big Colt was hanging around.

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Fishers Colt

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Lucas Oil Field Colt

Keystone Inflatable

We drive Keystone Avenue often, both on the way south into Indianapolis, as well as north to the Carmel business district. We were driving down Keystone on our way to downtown Indy and spotted this big inflatable race car driver out in front of a used car dealership across from the WalMart. We didn’t have time to stop then and hoped it would still be there in the next couple of days. Sunday morning we drove past and stopped to get this image. There were a couple tire kickers in the lot wondering what was going on.

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Keystone Inflatable

Riley Hospital for Kids Fundraiser

Deb teaches at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana. They were holding their Dance-a-thon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Chris Edwards, who teaches with Deb was instrumental in getting Riley named as the beneficiary of the fundraiser. Last year, his son Ben was diagnosed with cancer and it was through the efforts of the Riley staff that Ben is now a cancer-free, happy, 3 year old and celebrating his health with big brother Blake. Anyway, at the dance-a-thon there were many activities, including these two big blowup slides.

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Riley Hospital Fundraiser

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Riley Hospital Fundraiser

Motor Time Native American

After eating lunch at a Gold Star Chili restaurant we followed Vine down to Motor Time Auto Sales hoping to get an image of this Big Indian (Native American, First People) sign out front. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great shot due to the scaffolding. However on the bright side, at least some care is being taken for his well being.

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Motor Time Native American