Last Sunday I got home late. After spending the entire day driving down to the southern tip of Ohio and back I was too tired to post on the blog.
The previous Thursday I had picked up a phone call from an older man outside of Portsmouth, Ohio who expressed some interest in a Mercedes van. But the 4 hour drive up to Cleveland wasn't going to be possible anytime soon.
With that in mind I checked the weather report and offered to come down on my day off. This is becoming a recurring theme (3 of the last 4 Sundays).
A nightshift prison guard, the past few years running, Orville greeted me at the door with a handgun strapped to his chest. After a glass of water he trusted me enough to put his handgun away.
After another glass of water I learned about the evolving threat of drones as drug delivery options to prison yards. Worse yet, a mid-night drop of a handgun over the barbed wire fence is equally plausible.
Eventually, he would end up trusting me enough to put his second gun away (I didn't know he had two. But as he'll tell you, you never need just one).
Orville ended up taking me on the grand tour of the area, even around his childhood home which included a barn so old the nails were made of wood.
All said and done, it was a great Sunday, even if he didn't end up buying a van. Now I have a standing offer to head back there one day to take one of his motorcycles for a spin through Shawnee National Forest.
Speaking of prison, another memorable person from last week just got out of prison. As it turns out he was wrongfully convicted for a double murder in Chicago a couple decades ago. The story involves reckless vigilance by a Northwestern University professor and his students which leads to an acquittal of another man convicted of the murders and a forced confession by the man I met. The story is so good in fact, the documentary made it to Netfix. The film is titled "A Murder in the Park", and it's worh your time.
The director is actually a North Olmsted High School grad (where I went to high school). Moving forward both men will be travelling, putting their days to good use by helping overturn other wrongful convictions through the medium of documentary films.
Moving on from last week, I spent a quick couple days in Chicago, one of which was alotted for corporate training. Because I drove instead of flying, I was able to make use of my off day to see a few friends I hadn't seen in a year.
I wasn't going to miss a good opportunity to shoot some urban landscapes, so I brought my real camera along for the ride.