LAMPS & REFLECTORS: Going For The Silver

I was just on a regular ride to the grocery store to pick up a few items for dinner, then to the post office. While on those errands, I saw the parking lot lamp shown above. That reminded me of this month’s challenge.

The red pole and red casings are telltale signs of Target parking lot lamps, but Target closed its store in MY Town about four years ago. The property is being turned into a Mill’s Fleet Farm Store. (They’re pretty big in Minnesota.) Part of the transformation includes removing any evidence that a Target ever existed here.

Two Target poles have already been taken down.

Target had some pretty darn big lights.

At the Hastings Co-op Creamery I saw another parking lot pole. This one seems to be coming down all by itself. Either that, or the creamery is hoping for fame and fortune as the home of The Leaning Lamp Pole of Hastings.

I’ve got a lot more lamps coming up. On one hand, I’d like to post only interesting and unusual lamps. One the other hand, I want to post as many as I can to ensure I win a no-expenses paid vacation to Hoopeston. After seeing the luxury accommodations Rich posted, I am more determined than ever to win the top prize, which in this case is 2nd place. I just have to be careful not to post TOO many lamps and reflectors, thereby earning only ONE week in the vacation capitol of middle America.

Lamp on a brick building

Four lamps on another brick building

At least those lamps were turned off. I moved on to some residential areas and I could not believe how many lamps were still on in broad daylight. There were a LOT of them, but I limited my photos to just two.

A three-illuminated-lamps-in-one photo

This illuminated lamp is in the purple light district. It’s not related in any way to a red light district. Don’t quote me on this, but I think a purple porch lamp indicates the home of a Prince fan. Or a Minnesota Vikings fan.

Check out the big lamps in the Y-shaped bridge supports.

I saw this lamp in the window of a fashion boutique. This picture also contains a REFLECTION of a guy who appears to be wearing a slinky dress. That’s me, but I assure you I’m not wearing the slinky dress. I’m also not a lamp, but there’s no doubt I DO light up the world. Haha.

That brings us to the end of the LAMP portion of this post. Now it’s time to move on to the reflectors. The next picture alone should pretty much GUARANTEE that I’ll be one of the top prize winners.

There are two diamonds with nine red reflectors each. There are also two diamonds with nine yellow reflectors each. Let’s do a little algebra here: (2 X 9) + (2 X 9) = Approximately 895 reflectors.

See that white dot on the reflective sign? I shined my bike light on it.

A wrap-around reflector. Interesting.

Well, see you again in a couple days.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

5 response to "LAMPS & REFLECTORS: Going For The Silver"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 6, 2022

    Fabulous collection of lamps and reflectors!
    I regret to inform you that you are so far out ahead of the field there is a very good chance you may win the Super Grand Prize.
    That being, one DAY in Hoopeston, or, if Helen changes her mind, not to have to come at all.

    That would be a great reward!!

    And besides, our old Tomato cannery (what was left of it, which wasn’t much) burned Monday night. So that bucolic attraction has been removed from the List of Scenic Places. Sorry ;(

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 6, 2022

      ONE day? Well, if the tomato cannery is no longer an option for tourism, one day might be enough.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 6, 2022

    From the heart — I hope you win ;’-).

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 6, 2022

      Thank you for your support, Nancy. But I suspect you have an ulterior motive–you want me to win so that YOU can get the coveted second-place prize. I’m onto your chicanery.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: July 7, 2022

    Lots of good lamps and reflecting – I’m gathering ideas for my first lamp foray. Am I ever behind.

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