Wade on Birmingham

rah deal

Sunday, January 6, 2019 by Wade Kwon

Students stopped going
to games and settled for score
updates on their phones.

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a year for setbacks and setforwards

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by Wade Kwon

She delighted in
her many resolutions,
kept and otherwise.

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malodorous realm

Friday, January 4, 2019 by Wade Kwon

I bet the worst thing
about eternity in
hell is the odor.

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a little rain

Thursday, January 3, 2019 by Wade Kwon

A light breeze became
a little rain. That never
stopped. The world flooded.

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The Birmingham channel: 2018 is so last year

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald on local TV show “Our Issues Birmingham.” From Our Issues Birmingham.

Holiday family portrait time. From Roberto Singleton.

Security camera footage of a December attempted robbery at a Citgo gas station in Arlington–West End. From WVTM-13 News.

Skateboarders Brain Meadows, Jason Salillas, William Webb and Zachary Cruce discuss a skate park. From Luke Schlauder.

Rapper Money Good performs at the Alabama Music Awards in 2016 at the Carver Theatre downtown. From Xcintric Media Group.

Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson on the team’s upcoming appearance in the Birmingham Bowl. From Wake Forest Athletics.

Clawson selling tickets. From Wake Forest Athletics.

Birmingham Bowl simulation. From Greedo Plays.

Predictions for the 2018 Birmingham Bowl with Memphis vs. Wake Forest. From Winning Cures Everything.

A look at the new Amazon facility in North Birmingham. From Spcus Gpecwt.

Playing table tennis in 1990. From Tricon7.

Playing the wind chimes at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. From Lena Mikado.

Dashcam footage of racing Porsches at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds. From Targa 4 GTS.

Dashcam footage of driving I-20/59 west through downtown. From Above the Lanes.

Dashcam footage of I-65 heading south from Hanceville to Clanton. From Ryan the Dictator.

Driving on I-20/59 east through downtown. From Misha Magica.

Dashcam footage of U.S. 280 heading west from Alabama 119 to downtown. From Kenny Ram.

Driving on I-65 through downtown. From NS Railfan Productions/NRP.

And a nighttime version. From NS Railfan Productions/NRP.

Holiday time in Birmingham. From Syd and Jay.

Stopping by to hug Grandma before flying out of town. From Chico Vlogs.

Fund-raising promo for nonprofit organization STAIR of Birmingham, or Start the Adventure in Reading. From STAIR of Birmingham.

Indianapolis rock band Chives performs “Binocular” in July at the Spring Street Firehouse in Avondale. From Chives.

The Southern Championship cheerleading competition at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex downtown. From Cate’s Art.

Pastor Kip Laxson on Christmas Eve services at Asbury United Methodist Church near Lee Branch. From Asbury Bham.

Roanoke’s WSLS-10 reports on the Birmingham Bulls at Rail Yard Dawgs in December. From WSLS-10.

Breaking ground on the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club clubhouse in December at the CrossPlex in Five Points West. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Members of the Dancing Beats of Montgomery perform. From Behind the Beats.

Giving out care packages to homeless people. From Free Spirit Visions.

Iman Ashanti teaches yoga at the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club. From Iman.

Portland folk-rock band Fruition performs “Fire” in May at Zydeco on Southside. From Curtes Mitchell.

Rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs “First Snow” in December at Legacy Arena downtown. From Scott Neighbours.

Rehearsing the Tai Chi Kung-Fu Fan Dance in Green Springs. From Tŏng Yé.

Dance troupe Ballet Folklorico del Estado de Hidalgo performs. From Chanclitas Alabama.

Seeing the UAB Blazers off to the Boca Raton Bowl in December. From Alabama NewsCenter.

A busy November travel week includes driving to Birmingham to stay at the Tutwiler and jam with Steve Vai. From Jacy Dawn Valeras.

“Hot-Dogopolis,” by Eric Feldman and Leyla Modirzadeh, on Birmingham’s Greek community and its hot dog stands. From Southern Foodways.

The Opera Birmingham Chorus performs “Silent Night” at UAB Hospital. From Opera Birmingham.

Birmingham rapper Jaxxxon (formerly G.Q) performs at Zydeco on Southside. From JaxXxon Official Musik.

Playing “WWE 2K19” in a simulated Legacy Arena. From Xeno Slayer Convoy.

Highlights from Briarwood Christian School’s Christmas Chapel. From Briarwood Christian School.

At work on a model train layout matching downtown. From Gknos Model Trains.

Heavy rain in December. From Live Storms Media.

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home for the holi-half-day

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by Wade Kwon

She drove night and day
across states to be with her
kids for 12 hours.

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Happy 2019!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 by Wade Kwon

fox, Birmingham Zoo

Photo: Jim Bauer (CC)

Happy New Year! May it be your best (y)ear ever.

the beginning

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 by Wade Kwon

The road ahead is
long, maybe dangerous and
ready to traverse.

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in closing

Monday, December 31, 2018 by Wade Kwon

All good things must come
to an end. Fortunately,
all bad things as well.

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#sundayread for December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018 by Wade Kwon

stacks of books on kitchen table

Photo: George Redgrave (CC)

Part 2: My picks for #sundayread for December 30, 2018, highlighting the year’s best reads:

All my #sundayread picks for 2018. And visit Part 1 from Dec. 24.

More posts from Wade this week:

More #sundayread:

unable to escape

Sunday, December 30, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Who designed such a
fiendish trap that would keep me
so paralyzed? … … Me.

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missing sense

Saturday, December 29, 2018 by Wade Kwon

My dog has no nose!
— Oh heavens, how does he smell?
(A pause.) Just awful.

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maybe next year

Friday, December 28, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Catch up on some sleep.
Finish clearing the garage.
Learn a new language.

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The Birmingham channel: A city as canvas

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Highlights from the Holy Spirit 101 conference in November at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Homewood. From United for Life Foundation.

Chicago post-hardcore band Tar performs earlier this month at Saturn in Avondale. From Matt Sharp.

Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin discusses business development in 2018 earlier this month at the Birmingham Business Alliance chairman’s meeting at the Alys Stephens Center. From al.com.

The Birmingham Business Alliance is launching a talent recruitment plan. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Nashville rock/country singer Damon Johnson performs “Jailbreak” in November at WorkPlay in Lakeview (our vertical video of the week). From Tesla Rocks71.

Promo for Old Overton Club golf course in Vestavia Hills. From Brian Krehbiel.

Hiking at Ruffner Mountain. From Obito Uchiha.

The reptile house at the Birmingham Zoo. From Hunter Ivey.

And the carousel at the zoo. From Jim Toomey.

Promo for TV show “Travels with Darley” with stops in Birmingham and other places in Alabama and Arkansas. From Travels with Darley.

Promo for Shake Shack at the Summit. From Jessica Chriesman.

Looking at property around Birmingham. From Simple Pasive Cashflow dot com.

Louisville rapper Piff the Dragon performs earlier this month at Legacy Arena downtown. From Gain Green Entertainment.

Time-lapse drone footage of painting a mural at First Avenue South and 23rd Street downtown. From Dunlap Productions.

Birmingham-Southern student Stewart Fowler directed “Flowing Free,” a short documentary on the Cahaba River. From Stewart James Fowler.

Visiting WeePeat Boutique children’s clothing store on U.S. 280. From Birmingham Fun and Family Magazine.

Talking with Carol Dean, board member of Greater Birmingham Ministries downtown. From UAB Media Studies.

Erron Martez Dequan Brown, suspect in Thanksgiving Riverchase Galleria shooting, appears in November in an Atlanta courtroom. From Associated Press.

Mobile painter Walter Simon at Art Town in East Lake Station. From Mark Harper.

Discussing Birmingham’s Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grant at the Digi.City Connects Birmingham roundtable earlier this month at Innovation Depot downtown. From Alabama NewsCenter.

A tour of the Birmingham mobile home from McComb Home Center in Mississippi. From Bobby Ingram.

Officers from other departments are sworn in as Birmingham police members. From al.com.

Memphis football coach Mike Norvell on his team heading to the Birmingham Bowl to play Wake Forest. From Memphis Tiger Network.

Report from Memphis’ WATN-24 on Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl. From Local 24 Memphis.

Members of the show “Sesame Street Live!” visit Birmingham and Huntsville this month. From Brandon and Vlog.

Commercial for Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s production of “Peter Pan.” From Perfect Fit Productions.

Discussing the Galleria shooting over wings. From Fritz Family Entertainment.

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art as a commodity

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Wade Kwon

What color palette?
What themes? Which artist’s style? What’s
your spending limit?

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