Tuesday, August 12

The Burg

The burg. As we call it. Not sure what to say about it. It's a place that holds some memories for me but as far as connections, well, I have family there, not much, but it's where my family tree sprouts from. I have always thought of the burg as a sort of pit, and maybe some will get mad at that description, but to me, it seems a very hopeless place at times.
A lot of people, including some of my own family, who don't move away from here end up with the typical problems of boredom, alcohol and drugs. My own father had some of these problems before he passed away over ten years ago. The main street is tidy and clean but there is not much of it. There are many empty buildings. At night it's deathly quiet, as I found out the other night as I walked the downtown around eleven. There are about 4 main bars and when one would close up, the crowd flowed into the next until it closed and so on until everyone ended up in the same bar at the end of the night. There are good people I met but there was also a sense of regret for ending up or not getting out of the burg. I asked people all night if they had lived in the burg all their lives or moved there. I would have to say it was a mix.
I don't know. I guess I should try to get to know the town more, but when I think of staying or visiting for extended periods, I feel uneasy. I guess it's something I should work on. I'll be posting more pictures soon, some that I shot during the daylight hours.


3 comments:

Lindsey Jane Photography said...

Love these... it really captures the sense of place you were talking about.

Deborah said...

You are not alone in your feelings about "the burg". It's a haunting place for a reason I can't quite put my finger on.

Anonymous said...

wow! it really makes burg look creepy! believe me burg can be very creepy at times! krys