104 Street in Edmonton is home to the Neon Sign Museum, featuring restored neon signs representative of what was once seen in Alberta’s capital region.
There are two tales of ignorance tied to this photo.
1) It seemed pretentious to me at first, the idea of a hotel proudly selling self-promotional T-shirts.
While quietly scoffing in my head, I looked around to see what hotel this was.
The sign said Hotel California … and the $5 (I think) T-shirts on sale at the front desk suddenly made sense.
2) Holding up my camera to grab a photo of this sign, someone in a group of young men walking by, likely all in their early 20s, offered to take a picture of me with the sign in the background.
I declined and explained I wanted only the sign, because of the song. A quizzical look fell upon his face.
“Hotel California,” I said. “You know, The Eagles?”
His expression remained unchanged.
“Never mind,” I replied. “Just Google it when you get to a computer.”
Flipping through some old photos today, I noticed I’ve accumulated images of quite a number of theatre marquees. Here are some of my favourites.
Chalk up another esoteric Flickr group requesting to have an image added to their pool. This one is called “Neon Teeth of the World Unite”.
This tooth was spotted in Toronto a few months ago.