JOERG METZNER  PHOTOGRAPHY
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The Other Day in California

There was a story that wanted to be told.

 Suddenly there were clouds and I was running dangerously low on gas ...

Suddenly there were clouds and I was running dangerously low on gas ...

 ... at the last moment a sign ahead …

... at the last moment a sign ahead …

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 … glad to have found a gas station in this godforsaken desert, but what was with the missing pump handle? …

… glad to have found a gas station in this godforsaken desert, but what was with the missing pump handle? …

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 … after having no luck filling up the car I was at least able to get a room for the night. It would be dark soon and it was still pouring rain …

… after having no luck filling up the car I was at least able to get a room for the night. It would be dark soon and it was still pouring rain …

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 … it was time to make that long distance call …

… it was time to make that long distance call …

 ... out of nowhere this Chevy pulled up. The driver looked awfully familiar, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember if we had met before or if I had seen her in a movie …

... out of nowhere this Chevy pulled up. The driver looked awfully familiar, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember if we had met before or if I had seen her in a movie …

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 ... after a couple beers we figured out that we had a mutual acquaintance who was famous for her lavish parties. It felt good to sit in the sun drenched booth talking and not worrying about the world outside …

... after a couple beers we figured out that we had a mutual acquaintance who was famous for her lavish parties. It felt good to sit in the sun drenched booth talking and not worrying about the world outside …

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 ... how long has the Ranger been there? He must have pulled up while I was looking for the waitress. If the Ranger is here that means ...

... how long has the Ranger been there? He must have pulled up while I was looking for the waitress. If the Ranger is here that means ...

 … Carlos had this baby for a long time, I distinctly remember when he first got it. You couldn’t miss him coming down that gravel road in this yellow workhorse. It’s solid, rock solid, with just the right attention to detail. Bold, simple, well designed, down to the chrome type. I swear he bought automobiles just for the chrome typography …

… Carlos had this baby for a long time, I distinctly remember when he first got it. You couldn’t miss him coming down that gravel road in this yellow workhorse. It’s solid, rock solid, with just the right attention to detail. Bold, simple, well designed, down to the chrome type. I swear he bought automobiles just for the chrome typography …

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 ... finally the rain stopped and some late afternoon California desert sun broke through the clouds, bathing the scene outside in warm light. As I stared out the window my stomach started growling. Even though it was late I now felt like breakfast, but could those prices be right? …

... finally the rain stopped and some late afternoon California desert sun broke through the clouds, bathing the scene outside in warm light. As I stared out the window my stomach started growling. Even though it was late I now felt like breakfast, but could those prices be right? …

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 ... as the rain had moved out a cold northerly wind started blowing. As I was leaning against the back of the car looking at the clouds I noticed a big old flashlight in the flatbed. That wasn’t there this morning …

... as the rain had moved out a cold northerly wind started blowing. As I was leaning against the back of the car looking at the clouds I noticed a big old flashlight in the flatbed. That wasn’t there this morning …

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 … back inside we settled into one of the many empty, red booths, ordered some more drinks and wondered when the entertainment would start, or if there was any …

… back inside we settled into one of the many empty, red booths, ordered some more drinks and wondered when the entertainment would start, or if there was any …

 ... the bar appeared to be reasonably well stocked, but something seemed off ...

... the bar appeared to be reasonably well stocked, but something seemed off ...

 … time had become elastic. I couldn’t remember how long we’d sitting there not noticing the absence of the anticipated musical act …

… time had become elastic. I couldn’t remember how long we’d sitting there not noticing the absence of the anticipated musical act …

 … it was getting way to quiet in the room and the old Wurlitzer only took half dollars. Wait, what? Half dollars? It started to look as I had travelled not just a few hundred miles across the rain drenched desert, but that I had traversed more than just a couple time zones in the process …

… it was getting way to quiet in the room and the old Wurlitzer only took half dollars. Wait, what? Half dollars? It started to look as I had travelled not just a few hundred miles across the rain drenched desert, but that I had traversed more than just a couple time zones in the process …

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 … still no one to be found to pump some gas. I swear I had seen an old guy in denim overalls sitting around here, chewing tobacco …

… still no one to be found to pump some gas. I swear I had seen an old guy in denim overalls sitting around here, chewing tobacco …

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 … the evening had turned into night. My new friend had long vanished into the dark and I was ready to call it quits…

… the evening had turned into night. My new friend had long vanished into the dark and I was ready to call it quits…

 … at that moment the neon lights went out and I was left standing in the pitch black parking lot with only the sound of tires rolling across gravel towards the highway.

… at that moment the neon lights went out and I was left standing in the pitch black parking lot with only the sound of tires rolling across gravel towards the highway.

 This all happened the other day in California  at  the Four Aces Movie Ranch .

This all happened the other day in California
at the Four Aces Movie Ranch.