So I finally figured out why I kept seeing blue pinwheels throughout Roanoke.

April was National Child Abuse Awareness Month.  I kept seeing these “pinwheel gardens” in front of businesses — mostly in Roanoke, though the one below was in Salem.

It seems to me to be a clever and effective marketing device.  Whoever came up with it deserves a lot of credit.




A friend of mine lives on this street in Salem, Virginia.

She says the rents are dirt cheap, but it sucks having to keep the windows boarded up to keep the zombies out.

Can you imagine if the cross street was named “Grimes Avenue?”  That would be F%*#ing EPIC.