Another pleasant day in North Carolina. Did a tiny bit of exploring of Chapel Hill. The main kinda downtown block-or-two has a good record shop, Schoolkids Records, where I invested in a Roy Orbison compilation. There’s an old style drug store which sold burgers etc. and had 1950s-style booths which looked pretty cool. And there are four shops selling University of North Carolina merchandise.
Four shops. Selling the shirts, mugs, badges, bibs, caps of a university’s baseball, basketball, and American football teams. For an Englishman who watched one football (soccer) game at my university, the University of Derby, this devotion to the sports teams of students is amazing. I watched that football for about 20 minutes. There were a handful of friends of the players, the odd girlfriend and maybe a couple of teachers there, too, but that was all. Here, it’s insanely popular. And of course, they’re very very proud of their most famous ex-UNC player: Michael Jordan.
In the afternoon, I visited the North Carolina Museum of Art. Plenty of nice stuff going on in there, especially the above painting by Georgia O’Keeffe. A quick visit to a junk shop in Raleigh later, and I’m on my way with the parents of excited children to Chuck E. Cheese’s. This place is hell on earth. Crappy looking food (we didn’t eat there), and video games and stuff for kids to play with. It’s very much like the man who invented this place actually sold his soul to the Devil in order to tap into the never-ending river of parents’ credit cards being exchanged for game tokens.
A nice thing happened, though, as I was stood outside smoking. A police car pulled up, the officer got out, and as he passed me, acknowledged me with his hand in a laidback wave kinda way, and said hello. It’s a simple thing, but it was nice having a cop acknowledge my presence in a friendly way.
To finish off today: a few more random photos.