Hi everyone – the weekly photo challenge (here) asks us to share what we love about where we live – to “show” it in photos” – and this post is about RICHMOND, Virginia.
The first image is from the newest place we have found to enjoy some decent food, an eatery called Kitchen 64. It is fun when you live somewhere for a while and never heard of a place that ends up being really good. This is near the bus station and we had no idea it was there.
Did you notice the art in the last photo? That was from the covered patio at Kitchen 64 – (heated in winter – but we sat inside).
This reminds me as to how I like seeing the art our town – like most cities – a variety of art shows up in some fun places.
We have an outdoor theatre called the Dogwood Dell. They have a thin schedule each year (sad to see the amphitheater sit empty so much) but they do offer variety of shows every summer. Below is a snapshot from the night the VA Opera was there a few years ago.
We also have the Jefferson Hotel- the wonderful Jefferson.
Part of the success of the Jefferson is not just having 5-Star accommodations, but their restaurants have won local awards for having food that was delicious and affordable. However, they changed their management recently and it is starting to show in the food and service (we think). Who knows, it might end up being better for some folks, but not for us – and that is okay because as noted – we continue to find new places and sometimes change is good. But I hope they do not get too off course at the Jefferson because the previous management was brilliant for finding a way to pull in the locals. It was a gift.
Another thing I like about our town, is the live music. Sometimes the music scene finds you. You drop by and music is playing. Not always – but this happens especially around the holidays.
Here is a little video snippet:
And here is Mr Baigley singing Dock of the bay (and at the end grabbed a bit of his impression of Richard Pryor)
We also have a local university called VCU – and after hiring Shaka Smart to be the head coach in the spring of 2009 – the tuition quadrupled (something like that). Shaka Smart had a powerful six years here and brought the men’s basketball team to the Final Four – and at first when the team showed up – they got the nickname “VC-WHO?”
Shaka Smart went to coach at Texas (WP article here) but even without his coaching, the VCU players have still been doing pretty well. They also have fun with their nickname and sometimes are called VC-Whoers….
Now this college talk had my mind wanting to go on too many rabbit trails.
“This is a photo challenge post,” I reminded myself.
And so rather than rant about State college tuition hikes, and rather than expound on John Grisham’s irritating take on for-profit schools, which would then get me ranting about the health care system in America and how “for-profit” it is unethical and wrong – while everyone looks the other way! How we ignore prices that are sky-high and jacked up – seriously- the U.S. is ranked 37th in quality of healthcare and yet we are number one for bankruptcy from healthcare costs (what the heck…).
And rather than getting off topic about a recent story about a student, from a local community college called Reynolds, who was in court this week for attacking her professor- because he “allegedly” grabbed her butt and also played mental sex games with her (something like that) and how the rate my professor (here) shows what a creep her instructor likely was – story is here (and where are the powerful Hollywood Metoo Women’s Movement to help people in small cases like this? Or does she not get any help from the powerful in this movement – maybe because she is not a millionaire or she does not have celebrity status?).
You see, when I think of the town I have been living in for more than a decade – it provokes different things at different times.
“This is a photo challenge post,” I remind myself.
So rather than rant off topic, I will maybe write an opinion post later, and just close with one last photo.
This photo was taken at an eatery in the heart of the VCU campus, right outside of Downtown Richmond.
Such a peaceful, “chill feel” to end the post with – peace out…
AUTHOR UPDATE 2/17/2018:
Added videos to this post –
Wanted to show Mahesh this (as we were chatting about this topic here in this post comment section).
This video from CNN notes how we are 57th in the world for efficiency (and care – and look at the stats for whether or not we are doing better?? um…)
An article in Financial Times (here) provided another example of the crazy unregulated “for-extreme profit” healthcare situation in our country; this drug price spike is an example of what people are cornered into dealing with: