Five Card Story: Exploring the Unknown in Our Own Backyard

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a Five Card Flickr story by Nick Poprocky created Sep 12 2022, 01:30:17 pm. Create a new one!

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These five images remind me of activities and locations that are not frequently visited or sought out. As a working adult surrounded by other busy people, my friends and I tend to spend our free time in many recurring spots around town. But, what about interesting places that we have never thought to explore before?

The first image shows beautiful street art, which is prominent in city boroughs across many states. We may walk past it and take a photo for our Instagram stories, but these two cars are parked right in front of the mural. The drivers are there to take in the beauty of someone else's creation, and are happy to take their time doing it.

The second image implies free, fun activities in a manner that seems wholesome. When it comes to spending some free time playing a game, I rarely would think of throwing darts. This storefront is designed in a way that makes me believe it is a small, local business; perhaps our street art viewers are now going to try something new, like throwing some "free darts".

The third image appears to be in a city neighborhood, which reminds me of areas like Point Breeze or Sharpsburg. Rather than being overrun by Chipotle and Starbucks, these east Pittsburgh boroughs have many locally owned restaurants, coffee shops, and small event venues. After finding an intriguing new restaurant in photo three, our dart throwing adventurers pick out a unique meal in the fourth image.

It is very interesting when you find yourself in somebody else's story. Finding a note in the street with unfulfilled potential makes you wonder if the intended receiver ever got it (there are more effective ways to visually communicate in 2022). In this case, one of our art viewing, dart tossing city dwellers may have put themselves out there to suggest a second date by writing their phone number on that piece of paper. Maybe it is lying in the street because of unrequited admiration. Or, perhaps that phone number was already logged in the other person's phone, then discarded in the street en route to their car. Will there be a second date? That is for you to decide.

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