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Ready for the lunch rush. Pete's Breakfast House, Ventura, CA.

Ready for the lunch rush.    Pete’s Breakfast House, Ventura, CA.

Missing the B. Downtown Waxhaw, SC.
Missing the B.    Downtown Waxhaw, SC.

8 lanes, no traffic. Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN.

8 lanes, no traffic.    Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN.

2 gables. Melville Hardware, Melville, Long Island, NY.
2 gables.    Melville Hardware, Melville, Long Island, NY.

Two and a quarter dogs.  Farmers Cooperative Gin, Buttonwillow, CA.

Two and a quarter dogs.    Farmers Cooperative Gin, Buttonwillow, CA.

Filling the pool. Ranch Motel, Rice Hill, Oregon.

Filling the pool.    Ranch Motel, Rice Hill, Oregon.

Geraniums in bloom. Smitty's Barber Shop, Seattle Washington.
Geraniums in bloom.    Smitty’s Barber Shop, Seattle Washington.

Family booth.    The Chili Hut, Santa Paula, CA.

Family booth.    The Chili Hut, Santa Paula, CA.

One pink elephant. Papa Joe's Fireworks, Hardeeville, SC

One pink elephant.    Papa Joe’s Fireworks, Hardeeville, SC

Laundry and Cleaners neon.  Broken Bow, Nebraska.
Laundry and Cleaners neon.    Broken Bow, Nebraska.

Apple and cherry today.  Lil's Kitchen, Arroyo Grande, CA.

Apple and cherry today.    Lil’s Kitchen, Arroyo Grande, CA.

Simple Cross. Casmalia Community Church, Casmalia, CA.

Simple Cross.    Casmalia Community Church, Casmalia, CA.

6 ajar. Rose Laundry, Salt Lake City, UT.
6 ajar.    Rose Laundry, Salt Lake City, UT.

Always open. Randy's Donuts, Inglewood, CA.

Always open.    Randy’s Donuts, Inglewood, CA.

With a smile. Thrifti-Save Gas, Laramie, Wyoming.

With a smile.    Thrifti-Save Gas, Laramie, Wyoming.

3 pies in the mirror.  Saugus Cafe, Newhall, CA.
3 pies in the mirror.    Saugus Cafe, Newhall, CA.

5 old stools. The Top Hat Burger Palace, Ventura, CA.

5 old stools.    The Top Hat Burger Palace, Ventura, CA.

Asleep at Fulkerson Hardware, Somis, CA.
Asleep at Fulkerson Hardware, Somis, CA.

The Usual Beginning

Norma Jean's Restaurant, Columbia, TN.  The first photo in the usual places series, July 1998.

Norma Jean’s Restaurant, Columbia, Tennessee.

It was July 1998. On a roadtrip from Birmingham, Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee.

That day, I stopped the car in front of a tiny restaurant and went inside for a late lunch.

The place was deserted except for the dozens of empty baseball caps hanging on the wall.

Norma Jean made me an omelette, and after I finished eating, I went back out to the car and

grabbed my camera.

That day, a new project began.

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