Monday, September 30, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - If it's the seventies, it must be plaid...

Ruby Tuesday Too is back, and I return to a kinda familiar sartorial theme: Plaid! This view is familiar (see sidebar) - however I have recently found and scanned more prints much of the familiar wardrobe items. The year is 1975, the place either in Steubenville (OH) or Weirton (WV), and with my grandfather who purchased the jacket also decked out in plaid. Are we not quite a pair? Plaid (along with long-ish hair and fat ties) was the style of the day!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Sound shadows for a cause

The wheelchairs await riders as the storm clouds over Long Island Sound dissipate. Photo by Patti
About 30 minutes later, Allegra and my sister Michele admiring the now beautiful morn. By Patti

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and shadowy last Sunday shots are featured today. Here is along the beach in West Haven CT at the Wheel-a-Thon for a disability rights non-profit, a non-competitive, awareness raising walk and/or wheelchair roll to raise college scholarships. Fun was had by all on all teams including ours in our team's pink shirts from last year's Griffin Hospital walk for Patti. Shadows were all over beautiful morning by Long Island Sound. Fun, awareness style and shadow work well together...

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Wheel-a-Thon 2013

A nice morning after a very rainy night before. Photo by Patti
Along the course with a hint of red on the banner. By Patti
Ruby Tuesday Too is back as we scramble to find the favored hue of red. I found mine yesterday morning on the beach walkway in West haven CT at a fundraiser for our local disability rights non-profit, CDR, the Wheel-a-Thon. It is a walk and/or wheelchair roll; not competitive but to raise awareness about disabilities as well as funds for college scholarships. And for those who try to ambulate via wheelchair on the route  - even the strongest individual has to strain to push a heavy (40 lb/18 kg) hospital style wheelchair along broken pavement. But fun was had by all on a beautiful morning by Long Island Sound. Fun and awareness go hand in hand...see Patti's Newspaper Blog Post for more pics of the event...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Bearly Seen

The Bear on the NY  Hutichinson River Parkway south
Henry, I-95 south, Pennsylvania/Delaware line
US 1 North from Maryland
In the shadows, viewing the magnificent George Washington Bridge

Toby hosts the fun meme Whimsical 
 Windows/Delirious Doors, and while architecture is the suual thrust, is it possible that a windshield/windscreen is also a window? I hope so as my entry includes such a view from my Ford E150 van on a family vacation in 2000. The whimsy includes a stuffed bear who was along for the ride - he sat the entire trip on the passenger side, his nubby tan 'fur' aglow. Henry is his name - and the bear never complained about my driving skills, thus making him the perfect passenger! Henry now occupies a cup holder near the back seat of my Dodge Grand Caravan - and still never complains about my driving!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadows in Time

Both style and elegance ruled in the 1930s...
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back as are more archived scans, another one from the files of a gentleman named Ralph from Steubenville Ohio, of course my namesake grandfather. I scanned this recently and time has allowed this print to give a softness to both scene and shadow in this late 1930s print. Try doing a current search for the Kent House and the choices are endless. So I'll conclude that this obviously was a fine restaurant near the northeast Ohio college town of Kent. I will further assume that Grandpa asked the maître d’hôtel, valet or other staff to take the photo as he seemed to want to chronicle to his contemporaries that he was actually there. And in those days, nobody wore a hat into an eatery as so many more do today - it was a bit classier in style then...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Capital City Detailing

Toby's fun architectural meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors reappears, and today I am archiving (is that a verb ?) from pictures taken inside the Connecticut State Capital in Hartford - and at wheelchair height from the second floor. The dusty rose and gold tones of the 1879 building are bright and bold, Nothing today is detailed quite as nicely as this!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 - Sentimental seashore shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns near the official end of the heat and humidity of the northern Summer (and the lovely Patti is happy about that :) and as I am in the midst of scanning the family history over the eons, I like this as last look at the beach as Autumn lurks nearby. The year is 1965, the ebbing high tide of the Atlantic Ocean and the great New Jersey shore. The subject here is a cousin at age one who is being introduced to the surf with her mom, and the look of the child is one of a joy of discovery...the soft sand and salty surf are a revelation to the little one who loves  the new sensation...who wouldn't at any age?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - School Memorial

Ruby Tuesday Too returns for the week as do I. Today I go literally around the corner of our home to Emmett O'Brien Technical High School in Ansonia, and what we have seen for a week is hundreds of small American flags on the grounds of the school. It is part of a remembrance of the events on September 11 2001, a true day of evil and infamy...the school has not just the planted flags, but has also created a memorial garden as well. The sheetmetal shop created the metallic towers casting a slight shadow over a flower garden and more flags. On top is a closer view of the inscribed memorial to the victims, to the left is a full view of the towers, to the right, a mere snippet of the red-white-blue that fills the lawn. It is a small but mighty memorial that we never can forget all history that as affected our republic - that we as a people will endure and thrive through anything and everything...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Pigeon roost

Toby is the host of the always fun Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors in which we look for and at interesting architectural gems. And I am back late owing to a sporadic internet signal which has turned progressively worse - Comcast will be here Tuesday hopefully fix it. Happily, right now the signal is okay. I'd hate to miss another week :)

My subject this week is from 1955 in , the the not-so-mythical steel-making city of Steubenville Ohio. This is a car-park apparatus referred to as Pigeon Hole Parking where a lift device moves horizontally and vertically to place your car in a discreet spot and could be easily retrieved when your shopping or errands were complete. 

I believe this to be downtown on Fifth Street, south of Market Street. In the background is a steel mill alongside the Ohio River. I believe it belonged to Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, and now closed. When I was in college in the city on the 1970s, a lifetime for some, this mill was a very busy place then as in 1955. I located this picture earlier this year and like its industrial style...

Friday, September 6, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Sumer ebbs in the Uplands...

Allegra and I leave long-ish shadows on the front yard...
Always love the oval shapes and shadows of the Neon...
Looking to the south from the north - seasonal shadows

I guess that it's no accident that the shadow hunter shows up in the sheetmetal :)

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns and since autumn is nigh since the unofficial end of Summer is Labor /Labour Day (actually it is 22 September), it seems as the sun has actually began its move to its rightful position to the South. So, the shadows now more pronounced from South-to-North in the front yard are where I looked for shadowy subjects. Including those that include daughter the shadowy Mulberry tree and Allegra's cherry red 1996 Plymouth Neon. I am noticing the sun making its long angular turn - a sign of the season and longer shadows as the sun retreats. It is still warm now...but for how long??