Ray Collins, eternally hanging out

Google Street View now in some cases allows interior views of shops, as in the case of Some Crust Bakery in Claremont. And as reader Gavin alerted me, to my astonishment, the panoramic view of the otherwise-unpopulated shop reveals a familiar face seated at his favorite table outside: Ray Collins, the singer, Mothers of Invention co-founder and Village habitue who died in December.

The fine print on the image says it was shot in August. For those of us who miss him, it’s nice to think that in cyberspace, at least, Collins is still parked outside Some Crust with a cup of coffee.

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  • Gavin

    Thanks, David, for the mention. Bob House commented about Street View, and I just followed the arrows.

    Another fun thing is: if you step through the 3 images from the bakery’s interior heading out to the street, you see only empty café chairs. Like, you think you see him from inside, you look out, and he has vanished.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.scott1 Ronald Scott

    I still find it odd walking through the Village and not seeing Ray anymore. When you walk around the Village you are or were guaranteed to see 2 people. Michael Keenan and Ray Collins. Michael is still around, but no more Ray. I miss that guy.

  • glennisw

    Wow, this is fantastic. True immortality.