Sunday, August 31, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Labor Day movement mystery

Toby's fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is back the day before Labor Day in the US and Canada (Labour Day?) and windows are peripheral to the scene which is a mystery to me. So I guess that this pic of my day amidst a labor type event in Steubenville in 1938 with my father, aged nine. Dad looks winsome as that man in white looks irritated withe my photographer grandfather (I assume the guy kept walking...). Of course in front of the building's windows and doors is a labor demonstration of a sort with the FDR era NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) signs displayed. Who was Clyde Armstrong and why the demonstration on a hot Summer day? These are myriad mysteries - however I enjoy the look back at this long ago event...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Bored Bear, Hot Day

The year is 1983 and here is a bear in Omaha that is not fazed by the blazing Nebraska heat (100°F/ 38°C), taking it easy as the zoo visitors are sweltering while staring at a cute bruin...see WW and WW

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Church Quilts

Toby's fun meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is back amidst tough times in Israel - unguided rockets are terrorizing. We hope, and (yes) pray for inhabitants who never seek wartime conditions but are forced to live through them...

We are inside the normally austere Puritan style and white Seymour (CT) Congregational Church. The view inside is less severe with Patti's capture of the quilts made by church members draping the railings along the balcony railings. Red, white and blue knitted masterpieces adorn the sanctuary - an fine antidote to Puritan sensibilities :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Summer Soul

Wednesday was another of in Ansonia's the Summer Concert series. As the music began at 7:00 PM on this beautiful evening, a favorite lighting effect from the late day sun falls upon the scene. And leaves a perfect set Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

The pics on the top have an orange-yellow hue on the sound check, performance and setup. The band is The Bernadettes, a New Haven based Soul/R&B/Oldies band that offers a fabulous performance an eclectic mix of soul and shadows. Patti captured the photos and the concrete dance floor was soon filled. A great way to end the day...I had a bit of space left on an old Flip camera and was able to capture the band singing Mr. Big Stuff, Jean Knight's 1971 hit. I was in tenth grade all those decades ago - I'll let the reader guess my age with this info - I'd probably never admit it otherwise :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Soaring Sunrise

An early winter morning's sunrise is always a treat...2 January 1981, about 6:45 AM over North Carolina on a Delta 727, flight 674...
cold day, warm sunrise! See Create w/Joy

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Egress

1989 Dodge B250, 21 April 1996
1998 Ford E150, 10 March 2010
2008 Grand Caravan, current steed
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 prompts us to look for shadows, often in unique views. Since I use a power wheelchair for ambulation and driving*, I need egress into said vehicle to traverse the land. Since 20 April 1996, there have been three trusty steeds to allow me to do so. How to enter each vehicle is by lifts and ramps, and with the doors opened on a sunny day, shadows add a pleasant effect to each otherwise utilitarian van conveyances, a 1989 Dodge B250, 1998 Ford E150 and the current 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, all outfitted for wheelchair entry. Shadows add style to functionality...

*- The light blue 1989 Dodge gives a clue to how I enter all of the vans: the driver's seat turns 90° and I line the chair alongside the driver's seat, turn it back 90° to face the steering wheel and drive (sort of) 'normally'...whatever that means :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Whimsical Windows - A Salute to the showman

Toby's architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is back, and with the world in such commotion, now a bit of whimsy is warranted :)

We visited the town of Bethel Connecticut and we knew a famous person who was born there, none other than the famous showman P.T. Barnum. We actually made the trek to the hilly Fairfield County burg of Bethel to meet a friend for lunch and as we were passing through, saw the statue of the impresario at the town's library. Windows of this 1800s building are part of this post but of greater importance is our daughter Allegra and her relationship to the bronze statue of P.T....Patti capturing her pose and selfie. So the windows are peripheral to the charming whimsy...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Retro road eatery

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 takes us on a road trip to the hilly western Connecticut town of Bethel, where we met blog friend Linda to an old car hop eatery Sycamore Drive In. Retro cool, it was with retro touches inside and outside of the building including gas/petrol pumps and an old phone booth/box. The food was fried, the burgers, fries and onion rings tasty (but not a place to lose weight today though :), and side order of shadows completed the cuisine and camaraderie of a fine meal...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Old Factory Awaits Repurposing

Toby's meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is back for the week; before today’s post, I hope and pray for peace for Israel - I admire your country - not as a Christian pre-millenialist, but as someone who tries to discern between good and evil - we all hope for peace for Israel and hope the worst will soon end, and that Goldin’s intended can find peace amidst her (and your country's) sadness… 

Today I look at an Ansonia landmark, the old Ansonia Copper and Brass, and old factory that could not compete in competetive world markets with its 1800s facility set upon its 44 acres. Patti wrote a story last week about ways to reclaim the property for other uses, with our new Mayor Dave Cassetti looking at and considering other opportunities...

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SOOC - Rowing together

Learning the fine art of teamwork on the Housatonic, 1 August 2014. Captured by Patti
For SOOC - Straight out of the Camera - we see students who have been taking rowing classes at the Yale University Gilder Boathouse upon the Housatonic River in Derby CT. The kids learn the art of rowing as a team on a still body of water which which allows them to learn fine teamwork that is fun now and most useful later in life...

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy horse (of course)

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back as Patti and I visited Locket’s Meadow Farm, a horse farm in bucolic Bethany CT. We attended a ceremonial signing of a law by the Connecticut Governor, an “Act Concerning The Liability of Owners and Keepers of Domesticated Horses, Ponies, Donkeys, and Mules”, a response to state Court rulings that horses have “a vicious propensity."

All that said, I like horses, gentle giants that photograph well at wheelchair height - and on a sunny day, can make for shadows. Horse people are very nice as are the horses - and here, will happily eat grass from a hand of a little girl - very cute! And I learned something - the meshy hoods they wear protect the equines from the scourge of pesky horseflies. Thus they may graze as we admire their gentle nature…

Check out Patti’s New Haven Register story and a great photo gallery of the event.