Has anyone else noticed the lights on in the little brown building on Constitution and Carlisle?
This is the former site of "Jack Newsom Photography," a sketchy little place that I'd never seen open in the two years I've lived here. There was always the same crummy blue jeep parked out front, though, with a cord of some sort running from the jeep to the roof of the building.
But the jalopy wasn't what always caught my eye. It was the sign, handpainted right on the stucco, in classy (for the early 80's) brown and white paint. The two lines that always jumped out at me were, "Intimate Glamour!" and "Photos in our rustic mini ranch!" Who knows what kind of skin ol' Jackie was filming in the weed-infested yard he'd surrounded by corrugated steel sheets. But judging by the look of the place, it was some pretty sketchy stuff.
But now, there's new life in the place. I biked by about a month ago, and the painted words that had intrigued me for so long was painted over. A sign now read, "New Testament Evangelical Church." A vinyl banner hung from the roof, proclaiming "Service nightly, 7:30." Through the windows, an evangelical preacher was screaming and sweating and shaking his fist at the congregation.
I can only wonder if the parishioners know about their holy place's dubious, debaucherous past.