Sunday, October 28, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Road Food

Retro cool neon sign on the equally classic rail car ans stainless steel Olympia Diner
Toby hosts the most fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for cool elements in windows, doors and such. This week I am using picture seen before, but still a favorite - the neon-signed Olympia Diner on the famed Berlin Turnpike in Newington Connecticut. The stainless steel structure was built in 1952 and evokes the classic rail car era diner of the past - and when we make the one-hour trip to Hartford, we often detour to dine here. For me, their corned beef hash is the best, and the rest of the menu, such as club sandwiches smothered in fries are perhaps not good for you. But really good anyhow!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Pre Halloween

The pumpkin maintains its composure despite the odd weather. Photo by Patti
Shadow Shot Sunday is back at an odd time - what is it with weather systems and Halloween? Usually the end of October is cooler but not full of weather phenomenon it seems. Last year, it was the Saturday before Halloween (29 Oct 2011) and just before the spooky holiday, a coastal storm left lots of snow in southern Connecticut. 

This year, megastorm Sandy is churning up the Atlantic coast about to hit the area Sunday (28 Oct) - I hope our power stays on with the massive winds and rain forecast, too warm for snow this year, the only plus I see to a hurricane/cyclone in 2012.

But perhaps it is the time for weird things to happen...the Perfect Storm in 1991 also started on...28 October! Spooky coincidences or worse - who knows? Anyway, snowy ground does make for nice shadows. Trick or treat I guess...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ruby Tuesday - Parents last weekend

At the University of Hartford that is! Our son and software expert Cameron will have enough credits to graduate in December, so the last Parents Weekend is the last. Perfect for Ruby Tuesday 2 also as their colors are red and white. At the BBQ luncheon, it was quite cool but at least sunny - and the favors on the table were young and not-quite-in-bloom ruby mums. On the tag on the plant is noted Hawktober weekend in honor of their mascot, Howie Hawk. A bonus ruby is the new addition to Hillyer Hall, its ruby detail adding some angular style to the classroom building. A nice day of family and food (in that order)...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Whimsical Windows - New feeling old

Connecticut made crafts and food may be found at this charming store in Seymour Connecticut. Photo by Patti

Toby hosts the fun window/door/architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, and here is I the All-American Valley General Store in neighbor town Seymour. The lovely Patti captured the subject for this post for a newspaper article and I made the edit a light sepia edit that allows this modern iteration of an old general store look more in character - the structure was built in 1917. I haven't been here yet, but the proprietor sells only Connecticut-made products and crafts - an idea of real merit. The porch and ricking chairs evoke a long-ago gone and simpler time...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Sunny and Fair

...and whitewalls
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and a seemingly favorite subject of mine is old vehicles, primarily from the 1950-60s. At the Ansonia Harvest Festival a couple of weeks ago, a small car show was on Bridge Street, and I spotted this ruby beauty. I seem to trip over 1955 Fords as well as the similar 1956 - all suitable for shadowy pursuit...

Long and low...
Different eras and style - 1956 Ford vs 1970 Dodge Challenger
This mildly customized Fairlane Victoria is styled to look low and long - in shadow and subject to. Plenty of chrome all over and as per usuaal practice, the photographer shows up a few times too - chrome is soooo reflctive!. Se shadowy art from all over at the always fun SSS2!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tina's Pic Story - Seasonal Orange

Tina hosts the fun themed weekly meme Pic Story, where we pick the photos to match the weekly theme - this week she has chosen the theme Orange

These are scans from 1998 or 1999 and showcase our Halloween decorations in the front of our home. Of course, pumpkins are an orange-y harvest color. The pumpkin fellow is actually full of fallen leaves to fatten him up and wears different headwear. Other orange highlights surround Mr. Pumpkinhead here too...

The costumes were easy - Cameron is a blue M&M, and Allegra's dance outfit from the previous dance recital in June - so she always had a costume ready in October. Thanks for the memories kids!

Ruby Tuesday - Impala Standing Still

1963 Chevrolet Impala SS, 327/300, Powerglide

Ruby Tuesday 2 is back (as am I after our cable internet went out at an inopportune time where blogs needed to be posted last week). The direction, as always, a lot or a little red. True to one of my interests, and old car is the theme. It is a 1963 Chevy Impala SS sitting for its portrait in an urban setting on Bridge Street ins Ansonia. It looks fine either sitting or moving, as it is styled so well. The straight edges and small amounts of chrome give it a timeless look, the maroon paint flawless. An impressive looking car of its day...

The texture around the badge is the old concrete under the Impala adding a cool element to this view.

Useless but clever automotive trivia I have is found in the V-shaped emblem on the front wing. It indicates that this has the 327 V8 (added to the chrome chevron) as opposed to the smaller 283 V8 (no flags) or the larger 409. Things I knew that when I was 10 but still remember it now at a more um...advanced age. Like Patti said, Carhead 55 could have been my blogging name...see RT2 for more ruby treasures!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Blue sky, inside and out

Beatrice Fox Auerbach Computer and Administration Center, U-of-Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
For Toby's fun Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I travel back only to yesterday where we met our student son Cameron for the outdoor BBQ luncheon part of University of Hartford parents weekend. It was a cool day, beginning the night before - happily we layered up for the outdoor lunch. At this time it was a cool 55°F (13°C), but with the temps the sky could not be more blue. Ahead of my table was the Computer and Administration Center.

What captured my attention in this modern (1990s) building was the blue sky emanating from the refective windows. Since the operative here is windows, I used my phone to capture the scene, so the quality of the picture is not optimal. However with the arresting blue all over, I couldn't resist...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Walk/Run

L-R: Allegra, Sue, Patti, Rich,Michele, Max, Jim, Wendy - and me, behind the iPhone
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and my theme goes back to last Saturday to the 5K Walk/Run for The Center for Cancer Care. Since they have been so helpful to Patti in her recovery, she formed a team to participate. Patti thought that shirts would be a fine idea...

We commissioned our artist friend Rich to create a pink shirt our themes (duckies and bunnies maybe?). Allegra models the shirt in the morning mist...The team included my niece Sue who was taken up running and brought her unexcited daughter along in a runner stroller

A unique member of this intrepid team is Ansonia Mayor Jim Della Volpe, the only municipal executive I saw in the 550 participants to take part - I moved along the course via a pair of 24 volt motors :)

To the left, Patti and Rich have just completed the 3.1 mile course...

A fun day was had by all, and the mist dissipated into a nice day, and happier still was that the rain later was well past the event. Runners and walkers exercised, funds were raised for the cancer center wonderful and shadows captured - a nice morning stroll

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tina's Pic Story - Mountains

Tina provides us with her fun meme Pic Story. The idea is easy - we provide the photos to match the theme she supplies, which this week is Mountains. These old prints from the 1980s have been scanned and edited as they have faded somewhat - if not my memories...

The first was taken in October 1981, and is of Mount Monadnock near Jaffrey in southern New Hampshire. It is 3,165 feet (965 M) in height and is the tallest peak between the Berkshires in Massachusetts and Vermont and the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire...

The next was taken in August 1984 and is an unknown peak situated between Denver and Colorado Springs, and was taken on the shoulder of the I-25 highway. Until I visited Colorado, I was under the impression that the state was more mountainous than not, but the major cities are at the western edge of the Great Plains. I don't know what the name of this peak is, bud guess that is is around 12,000 ft (2660 M) - if not taller. I like this week's theme as I like visiting places from the past...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Center for Cancer Care

For Toby's fun architectural meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I return merely to yesterday to the Griffin Hospital Center for Cancer Care in Derby Connecticut. We were there for the fourth annual 5K walk/run to benefit for the center. After we on Patti's Team McVillers team as well as the other 36 other teams completed the event, I used the phone to capture the entrance to this beautiful facility. 

Opened in 2009, the subtle stone and hardwood styled trim is soothing on the eyes as one enters - and it is just is comfortable on the interior where treatment occurs...A great fundraising event, nice weather and nice looking building made for a great day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shifty Supermarket Shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and I was looking for shadows at a local shopping center with the (older) I-Phone 3GS given to me by son Cameron. Alas, the autumnal sunshine on this fine day was too strong to capture sights in the dazzling solar sky. Yet when I moored the Dodge into my preferred spot at the plaza - and noticed inside the vehicle a few clearly defined shadows. So in this collage, the MPD shift lever extension shows up in shadow by the steering wheel, and its snaky shape shows up on the passenger door - and the inside rearview mirror too. So, shadows captured, the door was opened and the ramp deployed and the shopping trek could now begin...see scads of shadowy art at the fun SSS2

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tina's Pic Story - 'J'

Jungle Cat Rigby 
January in the Ansonia Uplands

Lemon Chicken made from lemon Juice

Tina's Pic Story is back! The rule is simple - we provide the photos to match her theme. which this week is the letter 'J'. 

Animals, weather and food are the subjects, yet none of the subjects by name contain that letter...

I trust that my examples meet the challenge!

Ruby Tuesday 2 - End of the season (really)

Ruby Tuesday 2 reminds us that the season for native tomatoes is done in Southern New England. On top is the very last one of our homegrown fruit - on the bottom the local farmer's market tomatoes are getting smaller. A salad with a homemade honey mustard dressing is the perfect place to enjoy the last. Oh well the may say, but wait until next year - easier to say now but when we must endure the faraway grown things that merely look like a tomato...