Imagine how disappointed I was when we arrived in Birmingham to discover that no one was loving the governor.  The song (see title of post) does suggest it was ‘love’ rather than ‘loving’ -a continuing action- so I suppose I just missed it.  Sigh.  So, what else is there to do in Birmingham?

Birmingham is of particular note to both me and Rob.  It is the birthplace of everyone’s favo(u)rite of all of Charlie’s Angels:  ‘the smart one’, Kate Jackson.  From what I’ve learned of America, each town or city is very proud of its own.  Those who make it get recognized.  Hell, go to the birthplace of Lucille Ball (Jamestown, NY), and it’s practically a shrine to her.  Needless to say, I was expecting something.  After all, Charlie’s Angels changed TV, and the lives of private investigators, forever. 

Can you imagine our surprise, again, when Birmingham failed to acknowledge her most fam0(u)s daughter, anywhere?  Sigh.  That’s strike number two.

Without Kate Jackson or the loving of the governor (who, as it turns out, is not in Birmingham; but instead, in the capital, Montgomery of course) is there something that can salvage a stop in this city?  I won’t keep you in suspense.  This is America.  Of course there is something.  And here he is!

This fine figure of a statue is Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge.  He was chosen as the symbol of the city, hearkening its deep roots in the steel industry and iron.  He stands 56 feet tall, and is the world’s largest cast iron statue. Offered up for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, our man Vulcan now towers over the city, and provides an exceptional view for those brave enough to endevo(u)r to the top.  I made it as far as the elevator ride up.  The floor beneath the platform is grated, and the coward in me kicked in when I saw the ground below.  Rob stayed, and got some great photographs for his efforts.

All right, Birmingham.  You pulled it out in the clutch.  Congratulations.  Next time, though, I expect the same treatment for Kate Jackson that you gave to a Roman god.