Saturday, January 4, 2014

De-Decorating complete...


...well, almost...after taking down all four Christmas trees and dozens of holiday decor items, packing them away, and hauling everything out to the garage, we did find Christmas still hiding out in a bathroom...we'll deal with that tomorrow.

As much as we enjoy celebrating the birth of our Savior with lots of holiday cheer, it's always nice to get the house back in shape:

New year is in full swing at work now as Christmas fades to a distant, albeit pleasant memory.  After our sad task of vanquishing Noel to the garage for another year, we are listening to Michael Buble and enjoying a drink...whiskey and a splash of coke for me, vodka tonic with lime for her.  Melancholy, baby...

A copy of the Nov 29 1963 LIFE magazine - the one that showed stills of the Kennedy assassination from the Zapruder film they purchased for $50k - arrived today...bought it off ebay for $10...amazing when you consider the historical significance of that event.  History has been less than kind to Mr. Kennedy when you consider the revelations of his shameless womanizing and the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, but no matter your political stripe, this was a devastating national tragedy.



I think it is also a dividing line for the mcm era...with the death of Marilyn then President Kennedy, and the advent of the British Invasion with the Beatles in 1964, the mood and mentality of the nation underwent a significant shift.  As with most things in this life, the change was gradual, but by the mid to late 60's mcm was giving way to the mod 70's...a decade of little aesthetic value in my humble opinion.  Long sideburns, shaggy hair, and disco, anyone?

A favorite item:


Ok, so it's more art deco than mcm...that's a 1933 Colonial "New World" Globe radio...they came in four colors and I have the maroon version.  The one I'd really like is Ivory, but these are rare and don't come up for sale very often.  Still looking...

We watched "Holiday" (Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn) last night, and now we're off to watch "Christmas In Connecticut" as the final act of our Christmas season...



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