On our way to Albany on I-5, I noticed a strange bald eagle statue and had to pull off to investigate. When we got closer, we noticed that the bald eagle clamping their talons into a fish was made of foam and stood on top of a small hut of rusted and aged steel barrels, and that a big warehouse stood next to it, also seemingly constructed entirely out of steel barrels except completely coated in foam. Next to that one was an even smaller building, this one with grapes, a wine bottle, a fish, and a baguette made of foam out front of, it also covered in foam. Even where their mailbox stood was covered in foam. Some of it looked like it had caught fire at some point, but looked like it was all melting even if it hadn’t. Either way, it was all pretty bizarre looking.
As always, we got in by simply trying the front door. It swung right open. Inside was the office of Sprayfoam Incorporated. It all made sense then. From the looks of it, the place had been abandoned since 1999 at the latest, though later digging showed us they’d only been outta there since April of this year!
Pictures of the wacky dinosaurs, cowboys, and animal statues they’d made clients over the years hung on the walls. The garage area where we assumed most of the creating happened looked like it had been up and abandoned in a single instant. Their business was now working outside of the owner’s home, which we would see later.
During our very brief stop through Salem, we found ourselves in Riverfront Park, a beautiful, 23-acre space sitting along more of the Willamette River. As soon as we drove in, we noticed there were literally hundreds of people from all walks of life flooding the park, all of them with their faces deep in their phones in an especially intent and hypnotic way even compared to how people usually are. We asked some bros near our car what was going on and they told us there was a Pokémon Go event happening. “It’s still popular here, haha,” one added. On one hand, I’m glad so many different people were outside on such a beautiful day with family and friends; on the other, I wish it weren’t exclusively through the lens of their phones and motivated by competitive imaginary animal hunting.
We were there to check out the Eco-Earth Globe, which sits at 26 feet in diameter near the center of the park It was once a big ball that stored acid for a pulp and paper company, but once it went into disuse the community decided to turn it into an Earth and create elaborate mosaics around it depicting different animal life and cultures around the globe. It was very nice. I wished people would go on scavenger hunts wherein actually exploring their world and the neat stuff all around it was the goal. Instead, we had people outside and with people but completely isolated from it all.
Para siempre 🖤
Today marks 8 years being straight edge and 3 years being vegan. 🙏🏽
(There is no changing my mind
This is all I need to get by
My conviction to the x holds
Even when I'm all alone)
And yet another killer mail day, this was sent to us from @zim13, great stuff!! Once again we cannot thank all of you enough for how supportive you've been. If you notice all these pictures people are sending us are not just of a shirt or a record, you guys are really supporting the labels and us by buying what seems like all the pressings or at least a bunch of them so again you, you have no idea how much it means to us and we hope to get to thank a lot of you in person one day soon!
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