Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017

Perfect score !

American Gothic by Grant Wood.The figures were modeled by Wood's sister, Nan Wood Graham, and Wood and Graham's dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby. The small white house was built in the Carpenter Gothic architectural style.


Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

Gauguin exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. He asked that the ceramic Oviri be placed on his grave.

The Tribune Tower has famous building fragments embedded in the walls.

Giordano's Deep Dish Pizza was delicious. 40 minute wait, so you know it is made fresh.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 16, 2017

Sue the T-Rex at the Field Museum. Special Dino Beer available at the Bistro.

Navy Pier was good, puts the NYC South Street Seaport to shame.

Art Institute of Chicago: Magritte and Picasso.

Chicago skyline, they love their architects there.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 9, 2017

Perfect score !

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 5, 2017

Went to a New Zealand place near the Seaport, Nelson Blue. Food was good, $5 beers and a special July 4th menu.

It is across the street from an old favorite: Jeremy's

Tainers to go and hanging outside was an old Friday tradition.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4, 2017

Happy July 4th !

Reading begets reading, now I have to read this Burr biography.

Have to get this one too.

Monday, July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

Perfect score !

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2, 2017

Perfect score !

My blog notes say I read it but I don't recall. I liked the author's George Washington bio. This is in preparation for the play in Chicago.

This is the book in my library, perhaps I confused it with the Chernow book. Chernow's book is a lot bigger, over 700 pages to Brookhiser's 217.

Here's something from the play:

"The ten-dollar founding father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter By being a self-starter
By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter."

As good a biography on Machiavelli as any I've read, and I've read at least three. Great insertions of quotes during different phrases of his life. You really get a sense that irony was more present in his writings than you would think.

Just in time for my trip: Packing Tips.

I forgot I had a classic margarita glass.

From Wiki:
"Bread and circuses" (or bread and games; from Latin: panem et circenses) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered "palliative". Its originator, Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

The Mummy, 1932 version, was on TCM this morning. Swan Lake in the opening credits, just like Dracula.

, The Uncanny !

Gravelle in Charlie Chan at the Opera.
Carnival, was composed for the film by Oscar Levant. Karloff in the opera as Mephisto.

Bela as the Sayer of the Law in Island of Lost Souls.

July 4th has the usual Twilight Zone Marathon on SYFY.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

The Most Dangerous Game, I remember having it read and acted out by a substitute teacher in High School. The sub also did Leiningen Versus the Ants. TCM had the movie, and make the film worth watching.

plays Ivan.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017

While watching a Yankee game, I saw a "Baltimore Chop." In January 1963, I had this comic book.

It was the first time I had heard the term. From this page by a character called "Chopper."

A Baltimore chop is a ball that is hit sharply downward to produce a high bouncing ground ball. An ideal chop will bounce so high that the batter can leg it out for an infield single by the time the ball has come down for a fielder to field it.

Another strange sports story, Phil Jackson fired. I admire and like the man, but it was time to launch him.

Big Brother 19 starts tonight, I can't help myself, I'll be watching it. It gives you many insights to people you would normally have nothing to do with, ever. I always learn a new phrase or slang.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 25, 2017

Helianthus or sunflowers is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae.

A daylily is a flowering plant in the genus Hemerocallis.

The Eiger Sanction
has wonderful Yosemite shots. is great as Dragon. He was also Count Saknussemm in Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Billy Liar was ok, I watched it for but found to be enchanting.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 24, 2017

$10 win !

Prequel to Prime Suspect starts tomorrow night.

I usually watch Columbo on Sunday nights: Murder, Smoke and Shadows finishes by ten, just in time to switch to Prime Suspect .

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 -- Summer Solstice

On the summer solstice, the sun rises just over the structure’s Heel Stone and hits the Altar Stone dead center.

Some shots from my Peru trip. Intipunku, or the Sun Gate. Great views from a high altitude, 2,720 meters (8,924 feet). I do not think it has anything special for the Summer Solstice.

The “Temple of the Sun,” or TorreĆ³n, has an elliptical design.

A rock inside the temple could have served as an altar. During the June solstice the rising sun shines directly into one of the temple’s windows, and this indicates an alignment between the window, rock and solstice sun.

Two $20 wins ! Plus a $1 win from the Mega.

Again with the Big Sleep:
Philip Marlowe: She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up.