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- Taken by
- Joseph Bacharach
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- 0.87 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Mar 24, 2010
- Date taken
- Jun 24, 2008
“Sluggish and uninteresting enough. . . . Something like the back of an English watering-place, out of the season.”- Charles Dickens
Dickens arrived in Sandusky on the 23rd of April 1864 at 6 p.m. and left the next day for Cleveland to keep with his busy agenda.
To visit Sandusky in any season other than when Cedar Point is open will give an understanding of what Dickens meant. Bitter wind chills born off the lake in mid-September through late April supplant any movement that could ever possibly harbor any adjectives other than sluggish.
Sandusky is like most seasonal resort towns, duplicitous. In season it operates like a well-oiled machine, solely for the consumption of dollars from tourism. Off-season, it becomes another creature all together.
After Labor Day when Cedar Point closes down until about a month before the park reopens in May, when the tourists aren‘t anywhere to be found, Sandusky becomes just another small town in the American Midwest with more than it’s fair share of criminals, weirdos, crazies and combinations of the three.
Most recently nine members of an anti-government militia were arrested along with dozens of knives and guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition on the outskirts of town. They planned to kill an officer, then bomb the funeral to instigate a revolution.
Last year, a man living across the street from an elementary school was arrested for lewd behavior. What this lewd behavior consisted of was simulating copulation with his backyard patio furniture. Yes, patio furniture. As I was talking to a reporter covering the story, he mentioned that while working on the piece he said the suspect’s name sounded familiar but he couldn’t quite place it. Then as he was leaving out the back for his lunch break, he headed downstairs and saw the name on a desk of somebody who worked for the paper with him. That’s when he realized, he worked with somebody who felt sexual urges towards patio furniture. He never left out the back way again. And he got plastic wrap for his desk chair. In the suspect’s defense, the lawyer said that the lewd acts had nothing to do with the elementary school that his patio looked out towards, but that it was just a “coincidence”.
The bronze statue that sits on E Washington Avenue off the Corner of Columbus Avenue, lovingly referred to as bootboy by most residents, is a parallel of Sandusky.
The boot boy on E Washington Avenue is a replica. The real boot boy sits in the City Hall to protect it from harm. It was made of zinc and brought here from Germany in 1876 by prominent locals.
The statue at first seems like a one of a kind, but with further investigation it becomes clear that it is anything but. There are a reported 24 other so-called boot boy statues in existence today.
The boot boy has survived numerous storms and attacks by vandals that left it at times headless, footless, bootless, and at times a combination of the three. The original in the city hall has been repaired numerous times, and still has the scars to prove it.
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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 865 megapixels (70142 x 12339 pixels)
Input images: 150 (25 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 156.6 degrees wide by 27.6 degrees high (top=16.4, bottom=-11.1)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-06-25 01:58:27 - 2008-06-25 02:11:57
Exposure time: 0.002
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 18.3 to 23.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 25.6 to 27.7 percent
Computer stats: 957.758 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 2:44:53 (1:05 per picture)
Alignment: 22:14, Projection: 15:17, Blending: 2:07:21