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18-JUL-2005 Karen Stuebing

The Annual Inspection

West Virginia

The misspelled sign got me to go here. It was finally corrected. Just when I had decided it was a play on words, as in "Tires on Sale."

I asked the owner. No, he replied, we're mechanics. We're just illterate. LMAO. They sure weren't dumb and both had a great sense of humor.

He also told me only a couple people picked up on the misspelling. And that he had considered changing it to "We Sail Tires," which would be a play on words as in throwing tires out the door.

I showed the owner the sign photo on his computer. He got everyone working there to look at it. I'm not sure if he was pleased or not. :) He did look outside to make sure he had cut the grass in front of it.

And he let me take some photos. Not entirely willingly. He's not posing here. This is how he was sitting as he reluctantly let me point the camera at him. He finally told me to go take some photos of Jamie.

Olympus C-5050Z
1/13s f/2.8 at 10.5mm iso400 full exif

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katwilkens13-Aug-2005 18:27
Great series of shots. So real.
Stu24-Jul-2005 13:20
He looks slightly threatened!
Lori Rolfe24-Jul-2005 12:15
hmmmmm the boss looks like he's trying to figure out what's happening..... I guess it's not everyday that a woman walks in taking picture of him and his place. :-)
Guest 22-Jul-2005 23:24
Love it! When we were in Kentucky a few years ago a liquor store/ bar had the sign hanging up, "Ain't No Beer Drank This Side".
Ray :)22-Jul-2005 17:18
We sell tyres over here lol. Nice candid portrait with that element of surprise.
Karen Leaf21-Jul-2005 03:38
This sure beats the bikini shots that have been all over the place lately. I'm with Mary.
Cliff20-Jul-2005 23:52
Enjoyed your photos and story Karen.
Jude Marion20-Jul-2005 22:26
Great portrait, Karen .... the lighting is wonderful!
Nice interaction with the camera, too
John S. Nasche20-Jul-2005 16:44
Tell this big burly guy that we need honest mechanics down here in Florida as well and he’s welcome to move down here. I’ve lived in Florida since 1977 and have only found one, … count them ONE, … honest mechanic. I refer everyone I know to the guy. This fella would do well down here. Folks are tired of being ripped off.
BTW, … I vote for “Sail” tires as well. That makes it official. He needs to change the sign.
Greg Harp20-Jul-2005 15:49
A very nice portrait, and a great story to go along with it.
laine8220-Jul-2005 10:47
A very funny tale, Karen & I hope your travels are smooth sailing ( no pun intended )
Guest 20-Jul-2005 10:11
great story..we both have sail pics..I like these candid shots..
Bryan Murahashi20-Jul-2005 03:48
Great, funny story and pictures.
Elaine (etfitz)20-Jul-2005 03:23
Wonderful portrait and great story! It is important to drive on good tires! Be careful!
JeremyGood20-Jul-2005 03:03
Great shot, looks like it's straight out of the 50's.
virginiacoastline20-Jul-2005 03:00
LOL! @ jypsee!!!
jypsee19-Jul-2005 17:05
Hubba!! hunka, hunka!! yarf!! dig that flat-top haircut!
Coleen Perilloux Landry19-Jul-2005 15:22
In some parts of Louisiana selling tires is pronounced "sailing tires"--that is in northwest Louisiana. He loved you taking his picture--see his hands on top of his head so he could show his biceps.
Carmen19-Jul-2005 13:53
A great portrait, even if he's not quite happy. He has a wary look that gives this an interesting bit of tension -- glad you asked, though; he's an excellent subject. Works well in the B&W. And I do like the 'We Sail Tires'...even if most people don't pick up on it.
Marisa Livet19-Jul-2005 13:40
I love the story, I love the pictures, mostly the bearded mechanic's one and I'm in favour of "Sailing tires" of course, very surrealistically evocative. I imagine a fleet of tired tiles sailing away in the sunset...;^))
Herb 19-Jul-2005 12:41
Glad you put new hooves on your steed, nice b/w portrait,