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, cheap this was quite some find.  I knew about this Viking from a report on Roadside America.  We found our way to Bangor, shop MI High School, sale 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”

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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, look order Indiana. They were holding their Dance-a-thon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Chris Edwards, prescription sales 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

“Big” Big Boy

During our visit to Cincinnati we were on our way to Jungle Jim’s International Market (if you haven’t been there, go!) The chief photographer spotted this big Big Boy dressed up for Halloween and we circled back to grab this image.

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“Big” Big Boy

Big Duct Man

There are so many people that have fun with their business. In this case it is Jacobs Mechanical on Hopple St. in Cincinnati. They must be in heating and cooling, for sale thus the Big Duct Man. One warning, buy viagra Hopple Street is pretty dangerous to cross, sick traffic moves fast and there are hills and curves that hides traffic until it is on top of you. No standing in the street to get this image, the Chief Photographer actually had to go to the end of the block to cross with the light.

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Big Duct Man

Sign Museum Genie

A Big Genie greets visitors to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. I wonder where this Big Beauty stood before relocating to Cincinnati. Anyway, discount he is one of several Big Things outside the museum. We were in Cincinnati for Fall Break from school (actually only 1 night, big deal) planning to have some chili and visit the Underground History Museum. In my opinion the museum was much better than the chili. Sorry Cincinnati, I like the Coney Dog chili in Detroit better.

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Sign Museum Genie