Monday, January 17, 2011

17/365 - I get my kicks

... on Route 66.
The Luna Cafe (built in 1924) is on old Route 66. Back in the day, it was apparently a pretty swanky place. Supposedly, gangsters like Al Capone would dine here (among other things).

Growing up I heard stories about how it used to be a gambling joint in the basement and a brothel up stairs. If the girls were in, they would light the cherry in the glass. Family legend says that the great grand mother of one of my cousins was a madam there.

But, Today the cherry is just painted on and the ruby colored glass and light are gone. Instead of a gangster's paradise, its the common working man's bar.
Personal note: When I finished taking the first picture, the camera fell off the tripod and landed lens first in the gravel. It dented the casing around the front of the glass and I think there are some small scratches on the lens. grrrrr. I took the second picture from inside my car. It seems to zoom okay still. I'll have to play with the camera some more to see if it can still focus properly.
Random thought: If it still works fine, I should go on a shooting spree (camera , not gun). That way, if it does break, I'll have some photos to post (since I can't really afford to buy a new camera right now.)

1st picture
Exposure 0.077 sec (1/13) Aperture f/4.5 Focal Length 16.9 mm ISO Speed 200 Flash Off
Exposure 0.1 sec (1/10) Aperture f/5.0 Focal Length 59.9 mm ISO Speed 200 Flash Off


  1. We're not having such good luck with dropping our cameras, are we? I hope it keeps working properly for you.
    I liked your pics- and your story. A madame in the family, huh? :)

  2. I guess taking more pictures means more risk. :)
    Yep, a madame, at least that's the story. Too bad it isn't me though,'cause then I could afford that DSLR. HA!

  3. It's been a rough week for cameras. Take good care of that thing because I really enjoy seeing your pics here.

  4. We have been tough on them.
    Thanks, Paige. I'm glad you enjoy seeing them here and that the two of you finally got me to this blogging thing.