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Remember Rome Cleaners?


I guess that sawhorse means "don't go under the beat-up awning" but of course I did not listen.

Remember the sign announcing that Rome Cleaners was having a sale on unclaimed wedding gowns, that made you want to kill yourself? Well, how would you like to see those gowns? You would? Me too!


Ahhh...nothing like a yellowed wedding gown, on display at a dry cleaner, with an obvious stain on it.

How many horror movies does this photo remind me of? Let me count them...

Let's see...definitely the corner aspect reminds me of The Blair Witch Project; the multiple- entities- clustered- in- a- corner aspect reminds me of the scariest part of I Am Legend. Then there's the free-standing mirror, turned to face the wall. Could this shot be any more depressing? Please tell me how in the comments.

If you thought it couldn't get any worse, I have the sinking feeling that these boxes are all unclaimed wedding gowns. Don't let your brain start calculating percentages of how many of those marriages might still be in effect. Just don't.


Then there's this place I noticed which has been empty since last year. It's worse for the wear after the storm: Sarki's Oriental Rugs Gallery and Antiques joint. If you believe the sign, they will RE-OPEN IN SEPTEMBER!


I don't think they're re-opening this month.



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I would have been sooo tempted to open one of those boxes, to see what kind of thing would jump out at me!


Yet another "closed for remodeling" sign.

These business owners ain't foolin' nobody with their false promises. It's sort of like your ex saying "we can still be friends."

Yeah, right. And Sarkis is gonna grand re-open in the fall, too, right after that big excursion to the Orient for another shipload of fabulous rugs!


I remember when that rug store used to have a beautiful, live parrot that would sit on a perch above the door all day. At some point, the bird was stolen and there was a big to do about it in the newspaper or on the news. Eventually someone recovered the stolen bird. I remember being little, and begging my mom to slow down when we passed by so we could look at the parrot.


I attended Baton Rouge High from 1999 to 2003 and drove down Government Street past the rug store every single day. Although the dates have changed, a sign has been out front since at least 1999 advertising their re-opening!

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