OUT THERE exploring the downtown River District of Fort Myers, Florida. I love to visit old urban areas that have been revitalized but still retain elements of historic charm. Today the brick streets are alive...young, old, tourists, and locals. Everywhere, echoes from street musicians fill the air. Smells of seafood mingle with the musky aroma of cigar smoke, leading me down one of the bypaths to a dimly lit cigar bar. Meandering through the city we pass the old USO dance hall, where soldiers and airmen from nearby bases would spend their weekend leave during WWII. Not far down the river, best friends Thomas Edison and Henry Ford once vacationed together. Dining at a corner cafe, a vintage Chevy Impala rolls by, evoking an image from a bygone era. As evening falls, the art deco neon signs begin to glow and one becomes thankful that some things never change.
📍Strasbourg, église protestante Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune
The stunning colored gothic rood screen archway in the Protestant church of Saint-Pierre le Jeune
La magnifique arcade gothique colorée du jubé de l'église protestante Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune
Here's an item that I've never really shared before. About 16 years ago, my then girlfriend knowing how much I loved X-Men vs Street Fighter went to an arcade auction and bought a beat up, but still working cabinet and surprised me with it. Player 1s joystick was a bit rough, the screen was on it's way out, and the cabinet itself looked like it had been through a war, but it was mine. A few years later, the screen had degraded to a point where it was extremely fuzzy, and the buttons and joysticks were in terrible shape from hours of me and my friends going ham. I knew it was either destined for the junkyard (this was 2009, no one cared about cabs) or make a little project out of it. I went with the latter. Over the years I've put a lot of time and tinkering into it. The most noticeable thing being we cut the cab in half, and outfitted it with an LCD screen. A much more difficult task than it may seem as I had to add extra hardware to convert to raw RGB signal into a useable HD signal for the screen. New joysticks and illuminated buttons with new microswitches followed. A few years ago I even commissioned @missgandakris to hand paint joystick ball tops of Ken and Ryu's faces based on their portraits from SF2. Even though some consider what I've done sacrilege (@caughdrops), I don't regret it one bit. Its mine, and it plays amazingly. One day I'm hoping to grab an Alpha 2 board for it. ✌