Saturday, September 12, 2020

September 11, 2001...



...Never Forget.  

3,000 Americans were murdered in this terrorist attack and life in our country changed forever.

19 years later we are a very different society and most of those differences are not for the better.

Take time on this somber occasion to remember those who died and recommit yourself to the cause of freedom enshrined in our founding documents.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

            - Declaration of Independence, 1776

We must fight for our freedoms, and evil must not be allowed to overcome good.

Never Forget!   


There seems to be...
master of all he surveys

...a territorial dispute here.

I often sit in the command center to relax and enjoy the view...

...but my furry friend took exception recently as he scurried into position and proceeded to berate me for crowding him.


As Autumn rapidly pushes Summer off center stage, the squirrels are becoming much more active...trimming leaves in the treetops as they make nests and busying themselves with gathering acorns.


Apparently my presence disrupted whatever personal feng shui...
...Mr. Squirrel had going.


Hard to believe, but heating season seems to have arrived.  Several days and nights of cold, cloudy, wet weather...
...with outside temps in the mid 50's finally dropped our inside temps down into the low 60's...so I ran up the white flag of surrender and got the living room fireplace going...

...then the one in our bedroom...

...and finally the one in the bonus room.


It is supposed to return to the 70's with some sunshine in the not too distant future but still...it's too early for this...


It's been 3 years since we moved in here, and many items have remained packed away in boxes and totes...but this past weekend I decided to dig out some of the vintage toys I've collected through the years and test them.
Top row are battery operated Marx toys from the 60's...left to right...2 versions of Mr. Mercury; the kingpin of the bunch, Frankenstein; Yeti (abominable snowman); and a third version of Mr. Mercury.

Each of them walk, bend at the waist and open / close / raise / lower their arms.

Yeti - just to the right of Franky - has the added bonus of "screaming" when he raises his arms over his head.

It's really an enchanting sound as Karen discovered.

"What the heck is that noise?" she called to me once I got Yeti working again.

To see him in action click here and scroll down.

The little King Kong is also a Marx toy from the 60's, but it's a windup.  He shuffles forward, beating his chest, opening his mouth and "growling".

Happy to report they all still work, though I did have to sand a few battery terminals and use a squirt or two of WD-40 in some gear boxes.

There are more packed away and I'll be unearthing and testing them over the next few weeks.

Why, you may wonder, does a grown man have a bunch of 50 and 60 year old toys hanging around?

I could plead a not so clever investment strategy, as some of the current prices on ebay are ridiculously high compared to their original selling price.

And this is a blog ostensibly devoted to all things mid century modern; toys from the baby boomer generation definitely fit that bill.

But the truth is probably closer to this fast and loose paraphrase of a Scripture verse:

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I bought all my toys back on ebay."

Luckily for you, a famous filmmaker did create a series or documentaries about a day in the life of a vintage toy...and one of them is presented here for your viewing pleasure...



Boys and their toys.


Ah hickory golf, how I love thee...

...or at the very least, like thee a lot.

Had a decent day on the links...


...for me, that is...and except for a snowman on 4...
3 to get near the green, 4-chip over the green, 5-chip onto the green, 3 putt...yep, that's a snowman (8)...

...I played right at double bogey golf through 6...

...but then finished a little better with bogey, bogey, par on 7, 8 and 9.

Felt pretty good about that as I walked back to my truck on this cool, crisp morning...


...where I was reminded by the apple tree shedding its fruit that Autumn is truly here.


A sure sign summer is in fact over...

"What am I looking at?" you ask?

Ah, it's what you're not looking at...the big blue tank is officially gone...

...and in this case, also kaput...liner / pool walls are shot so it's destined for the dumpster.

Bought it used and had it for 3 years...got our use out of it.


Since we've just passed the 19th anniversary of the terrorists open declaration of war against the United States, I leave you with a somewhat irreverent but undeniably true sentiment expressed by the greatest United States General of WWII, and perhaps of the 20th Century...General George S. Patton:



later, mcm fans...

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Friday, September 4, 2020

You Ain't Nuthin'...

art work by Wayne Wirgau
                    
...but a hound dog...but he's Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll...


...together again...uh...for the first time...with Marilyn.

Anyway, you get the idea...and we already had the first passersby ask if they could take a pic.

They also asked if we were going to do the Beatles next...


...to which I answered a resounding nyet!

Much more likely to do Sinatra...
...because the Pack Master of the Rat Pack is hands down waaaay cooler than the Fab Four.


Just because I like it...

...a view of the full moon from our courtyard...not bad for a cell phone pic.

It was a cool night, reminding us it's now September and Autumn is knock, knock, knocking on Summer's door...

please tell me you know who this is and why he's here...

...but you know what? 

That's ok...Karen has been teaching me to embrace each season and not miss the enjoyment of Fall by wishing it was still Summer.

It's so annoying when she's right...and there is still that whole zombie apacalypse thing to worry about...

had to work this in somehow

...but what the heck...Summer may have packed her bags and left for the station...


...but we're going to do our best to...


...even if it kills me.


Short report on hickory golf today...actually did pretty well on the fairways...

...and had my chances to 1 putt for par and bogey...
where's gravity when you need it?

...but that right there sums up my day on the greens.

Even so it was a gorgeous fall morning, cooler temps and bright sunshine.

Delightful.


My friend Larry from work has been trapped up north...

...suffering out there in the wilderness.
early morning visitor

He's got nothing to do but watch the wildlife...
a belted Kingfisher taking a break from his fishing duties

...and struggle to endure the harsh vistas of the barren terrain...
sunset on the water...



...and fire in the sky.

...our hearts go out to him in this time of desperation.


Well, it's finally here...

...that unwelcome bookend to Memorial Day...Labor Day weekend.

It started in 1887 and became a federal holiday in 1894.

Designed to honor the working men and women who built this country, over time it has also come to be regarded as the traditional end of the summer season.

Just as Tom Hanks reminded us...

...there's no crying in baseball...neither can we tolerate tears over the end of summer...

...well, maybe just a few...


And now a quick jaunt through the parting shots sector...

wasted 2 hours of our lives watching this drivel recently...you've been warned



Arturo Fuentes stopped by the command center this week



these 2 guys spent a few minutes chattering at me



it has been this summer



I'd love to hang around and chat with you some more, but these cigars...

...aren't going to smoke themselves...

later, mcm fans...

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