Some states place markers where DUI crashes took place:
I noticed a Girl Scout selling cookies at a table in the bowling alley. Her name was Skyler, and her mom was Tracey. It was her first time selling the cookies. She is in a Saturday league at the bowling alley. One person had bought it so far, another asked for a box for later. One person also asked if they would still be there.
Skyler’s troop asked business owners if they could sell the cookies at their places, the bowling alley included. They also sold at Shoprite, Acme, Wawa, Nail Expo, Pep Boys, Dominos, Barnes and Noble. The troop was from Glassboro, Clayton, and Aura.
The cookies cost $4 a box. The reason Skyler was there was because her uncle also bowled there. Tracey left the table and came back frequently. They were leaving after they were finished selling at 8:30 because it was a school night. They would be back on Friday and Saturday.
The alley also has a Lousy Bowler Club and does fundraisers. It first smelled like cleaning fluid, and then fried chicken.
There is also a bar. It smelled of smoking. There were pool tables in there for a league on Tuesdays. The people participating there were only there to play pool, not to bowl. There were only about 10 people in there. Two violin cases were on a table next to some pool sticks. Three people were eating at a table, five people sat watching the pool games, one person was drinking at the bar. There were two TVs over the bar and four more over the tables. There were drink specials written on a light-up board and other signs around the place. There was also a blank video screen and Rowan pennants. A dance floor was in the corner.
George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, in their book Metaphors We Live By, mention the absoluteness of truth in human metaphorical conversation. Metaphors could apply to photographs. After all, the saying says “a picture is worth 1,000 words.”
An elaboration of my topic proposal…
I plan to write a journalistic feature article. It’s the most comfortable thing for me to do and it makes the most sense in this context. I think a photo essay with captions would also work. A feature article would elaborate the backgrounds behind each memorial or the motives behind it, and photo essays could convey the sights and feelings much easier than gargantuan articles. (short and sweet captions)
Publications that could fit this project include New Jersey Monthly, Go World Travel Magazine, or even Weird NJ.
I have never covered this topic before, but I have passed by so many of them during my life. I’d have to use my journalistic skills to track down relevant people to interview.
Is this enough to start me on a research project?
My biggest question is: why did they keep it as a patriotic memorial instead of repainting it after the post-9/11 fervor died down?