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For a Good Time Call ...

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 3 February 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

I spent my morning like I usually do, drinking coffee, listening to the mornings news and critiquing photos of the blogs that I follow here on Aminus3, when I came upon Estrella’s photoblog. What I saw and read shocked and outraged me, and I feel compelled to share this with anyone who will take the time to look and read this story.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Dammit, the hound dog is not listed anymore ;-)

3 Feb 2010 6:50am

STEED from Gueret, France

Wow !!!! Same combat everywhere.......

3 Feb 2010 7:09am

Estrella from Barcelona, Spain

Many thanks for your comment, cheers from Barcelona in a sunny day.

3 Feb 2010 10:16am

mirela from brighton, United States

Thanks for the website, I just finished reading the story, I'm still rattled! Great image for today's posting!

3 Feb 2010 2:40pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Good grief, I'd need two escorts to visit this one (and plenty of reading time.)

3 Feb 2010 2:48pm

@Curly: Curly, this is one of the cleanest public rest rooms in the area and it's also quite famous for the writing on the walls.

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Oh many people will call Hound Dog today? :) I love this, and all similar's like a graffiti bomb went off in there.
Make Cars, Not War.

3 Feb 2010 3:27pm

@Amanda: Poor Hound Dog, I'm sure he will have a good time today.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Ralph, what a find... this is outrageous! It reminds me of how the public toilets in my place were like... a long while ago!

3 Feb 2010 3:28pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh my gosh, what a find....I would be so excited lol

3 Feb 2010 4:09pm

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Your photo is intriguing. Makes you want to try and read the walls! But more importantly, the link to Estrella's
blog. Even though we know things are going on, things we cannot control, when we read and try to reflect on these realities, it overwhelms me! Thanks for sharing even if it is sadness.

3 Feb 2010 6:03pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

So many graffitis ! Impressive !

3 Feb 2010 6:43pm

David from Detroit, United States

Wow! A treasure-trove! Good exposure, and an interesting shot.

3 Feb 2010 9:13pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

I can see why they did not paint over this as is the case in most graffitti situations. This is ART!

3 Feb 2010 9:23pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Ralph who let you at the sharpies again!!! I would be so tempted to read all of this and then add my own mark! I mean.. you got to!

3 Feb 2010 9:45pm

Louloupix from NEW YORK, United States

I love this picture Ralph,
All the details popping everywhere and the sharpness make for me a good unusual pic.

3 Feb 2010 11:18pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Yikes, this is overwhelming. I don't think I could do my business in this place.

3 Feb 2010 11:27pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Funny title :D
Definitely an image worth sharing !

4 Feb 2010 12:24am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I had to laugh when I saw your title as it seems to be the most popular phrase assumed to be written on a wall. And then I actually see it written. The white walls provide a nice contrast. Seeing so much graffiti has me guessing that this is a bathroom in a publicly-owned facility. Do you think it's a year's worth or more like a week's worth of art? :-)

Your watermark seems to fit appropriately in this composition. :-)

4 Feb 2010 1:39am

@Steven: It's a very popular watering hole. I'd say they provide a new canvas yearly.

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The original primitive twitter.

4 Feb 2010 1:53am

e11even from eleven, United States

Wow! that is a LOt of good times!

4 Feb 2010 2:29am

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..thats alot of graffiti .................................

4 Feb 2010 2:39am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Your commentary is optimistic - and charitable. Heavens...

4 Feb 2010 3:19am

Ken from Seattle, United States

Ralph, I am going to have to spend some time with you next time I am in Detroit. You find the most interesting things to photograph!


4 Feb 2010 4:11am

Ken from Seattle, United States


On a more serious note in regards to the link you have posted above. You may also want to read Nicholas Kristof's January 30 column on this subject: . I found it, like many of his previous columns, to be very moving.


4 Feb 2010 4:15am

Reno from Madrid-Paris, Spain

Very sad story yes..., thanks for sharing.
Great composition on this. The destroyed wall make some great moments sometimes!

4 Feb 2010 6:05am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

oh my

6 Feb 2010 8:02am

Howard from Detroit, United States

HONEST JOHNS! Yes? East Side Ruben. More delicious than the bathroom. LOL Great capture.

22 Mar 2010 2:10am