Had a great shoot with Lesli last Wednesday, but geez! was it hot outside. Right when I arrived at her house, I realized that this shoot was going to have to be a quick one. After taking the time to visit with her and the kids, I told her to rest inside for a bit while I got all my equipment out and tested a few settings. I'd imagine I only spent about 20 minutes total testing and then shooting in three different locations and I was spent! Thanks and sorry Lesli for us working in those high temps!
Midtown Questions for Lesli:
What do you do for a living? I’m an HL7 analyst with CPSI. Most people have no idea what this is when I tell them so basically in a nutshell I work with healthcare software that is designed by programmers at CPSI to work in rural hospitals around the United States. My job is to create and customize interfaces between these hospitals and third party vendors so that the exchange of patient health care data is done as efficiently as possible.
Name one activity you love to do in your free time (and why?) I love to run. This is my time to unwind and relax. Most people don’t think of running as relaxing, but I’ve been running since I was in high school and it really helps me release the stress of the day. I try to run the Mellow Miler every week because so many Midtowners participate, so it’s a great way to meet people and exercise in the process!
Why were you interested in this photo project? I was actually asked by Debbie Goddard if I would be interested in participating in the project. She said that you were really professional and that your Midtown project included people that lived in Midtown and loved it. I’m definitely one of those people. I think everything about Midtown is so charming and the history of this beautiful area is very interesting. I grew up in Mobile and love this town. I have a wonderful street and my neighbors are exceptional, we all look out for each other and this gives all of us a sense of security. Midtown is a great place so I was excited to be involved in a project that promotes and encourages people to support this community.
How long have you lived in the Midtown area? I've lived in Midtown for almost 7 years now. I moved to Texas for a while but ultimately came back to my roots in Mobile and of course there was no other place that I even wanted to live except the Midtown area.
Do you like it? If yes or no, why? I love this area. Every house has that old town charm, even the ones that aren't so "historical" or could use a little fixing up still seem to have something appealing about them. I also like the fact that you rarely see two houses alike, there is definitely nothing cookie cutter about Midtown and that's a huge part of the attraction. I also love being on a street where we all know each other and everyone looks out for their neighbors. We all love this area and are very protective.
Do you feel there are any benefits to a close knit community? I definitely think that a close knit community helps me feel secure, I think the fact that I have neighbors that watch out for each other gives me a better feeling about walking the dog, or going running or even walking to my car at night. I know that if something went wrong on this street, I could go to any of my neighbors houses and they would help.
How could the community as a whole make Midtown even better? I think a neighborhood watch association would definitely help the families of Midtown feel more secure and it would also allow everyone to meet to discuss other issues within our community that we could all participate in changing. I like supporting Midtown shops and businesses because it helps to bring people from other areas of Mobile into Midtown to see what they are missing out on. The bars and pubs are a huge attraction so anytime I have time to go somewhere I usually stay in this area rather than going to west Mobile for entertainment.
Do you have any memorable stories about Midtown? I think my most memorable Midtown story is probably kind of boring but I remember when Duran Duran came to Bayfest one year, we could hear them from the front porch so we sat outside and drank beer and listened to the concert. I've had a lot of memories on my front porch, it seems to be the best place to catch up, enjoy a few beverages and relax.
Thanks again Lesli for participating and great answers! Loved the point about being able to go to any of your neighbors and feeling confident they would help you out.