Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Hallows E'en...

...has come and gone for another year...but in spite of the lousy weather, this was a good one...gave away 70 treat boxes...
...each with a gospel tract, a handful of candy and a Halloween favor or two...pumpkin whistles, fangs, etc.

Thankfully I had the help of Mrs. Frankenstein tonight...
...resplendent in her holiday garb...one group of teenage girls asked her, "did you do your own makeup?  It's fantastic!"

I have to admit, for a formerly deceased person, she looks fab...

As far as I know, no one sat in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin...
...and none of the trick or treaters who came to our house...
...ended up with a rock in their bag.

All in all a good time was had by everyone.
Hard to believe we're staring down the barrel of November already...

...this is when the slide to the end of the year starts to accelerate and we shift things into hyperdrive.

On to the Thanksgiving holiday!


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Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy...

...Hallows...that's a patch of smiling jack o'lanterns on the left...
...and a pile of happy ghosts on the right...
...and though they're sort of hidden and washed out with the strings of lights, there are a couple of climbing skeletons in the tree in the middle...

...a sort of "where's Waldo" thing I guess.
a little easier to see in this pic...
Never been a fan of inflatable decor, but Karen correctly noted we have this very wide panoramic view of our front yard / stone wall that faces the road, and any seasonal decor needs to take that fact into consideration.

So we found these two 9 foot wide Halloween inflatables that both of us liked pretty well, and voila...we have now officially decorated for All Hallows E'en.

But ours is pretty mild compared to some, and one in particular that's down the hill and around the bend from us...they've gone all out with the massive floating grim reaper / graveyard motif, complete with eerie screams.

To each their own...our goal in a few days will be to give the little trick or treaters some spooky fun, a bag of candy treats and a gospel tract...I'll be channeling Franky as always, and Karen I believe will be the Bride of Franky, so should be fun...if the weather cooperates, that is.  Rain in the forecast at the moment...

Almost there...a few more spooks and goblins to add to the mix and we'll call it good.

Got out on the links on my way home tonight...
Course was very wet today after all those days of rain, but it was still an enjoyable round.  Didn't do great but not bad either...mostly I just had fun swinging my hickories and strolling through the countryside...parred one hole and bogeyed a couple more, but spent most of my time in double bogey territory...an ok round for me.

Sadly, there will probably not be any golf this weekend...too cold and windy to get out on the course...temps only in the mid 40's...

Missed out on an ebay auction for a 1938 Ray Schober DC-3 lamp, originally designed and manufactured for the 1939 world's fair...
Won't say what I bid but the winning bid was $600.00   Extraordinary piece, but not worth 6 bills.

Took a break from working on TAT this week and penned "An Open Letter To My Father".  He's been on my mind ever since moving day - his birthday - and this composition just came to me over the course of a couple of days.  Think I'll include it "Cardinal 2".

And that's just about a wrap for this edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe...

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Gorgeous...

...Fall morning...and I parred this particular hole which made it that much nicer.  This is #5 and my ball was about 3 feet off the left side of the green...a short chip with my niblick put me 7 feet from the cup and a 1 putt gave me my only par of the round.

But it was still an enjoyable 9...did pretty well from the tees, bogeyed a few, double bogeyed a couple and only fell apart and stopped counting on one...
...but then I'm at a mathematical disadvantage in the counting department so what do you expect?
I do love the beautiful Fall vistas as I stroll through the countryside in pursuit of my little white golf ball.

Had a visitor last night when I pulled into the driveway...
...a young spiker decided to avail himself of the delicacies we've been stockpiling by the feeders.
Have I mentioned I love living here?  So much fun...

Today we'll restock the deer feeder and buy some apples and corn cobs to spread around...hopefully our young buck won't be a stranger.

Also need to get our Halloween decorations and treat bags motivated...
...we've made a humble beginning but by day's end I hope to have decked the halls for All Hallow's E'en.

So I've mentioned our wild turkey friends (the feathered kind, not the whiskey) that frequent our backyard...the other day we finally had two of the males do the traditional full tail feather spread we always see on Thanksgiving decor...
...now that's what I'm talking about...nice going, gentlemen...

And I'm happy to report my oldest granddaughter successfully navigated Navy boot camp like her Uncle Benjamin, graduating yesterday as E-2:
She will soon be on her way to Washington, DC to train as part of the Ceremonial Guard.

Congratulations, Tionna!

In the "must be aht" department, I offer this composition I've entitled "the floating head"...

The day beckons so I think I'm going to go carpe this diem...

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Thief...

...Of Bagdad...the 1924 silent movie classic written, produced and financed by the great Douglas Fairbanks.

Ok, so you think silent movies are a hoot...all those old film clips that seem to be moving just a little too fast with wide eyed actors gesturing furiously to communicate sans the spoken word...got it.

Now consider that most of the special effects you watch on the big screen today aren't real...they're green screen stunts brought to life with digital imagery courtesy of computers...

...but when you watch The Thief Of Bagdad and see the amazing Mr. Fairbanks climb hand over hand up a magic rope, that's him doing it.  When he's clinging to the bottom of a moving carriage, reaching up to steal the bejeweled ring off the fat finger of a nobleman, that's actually him.

Scaling the dizzying heights of the vertical walls of the palace?  Yep, him.

And the special effects included in the film - the flying carpet, underwater spider, the winged horse, the army created from the desert sands - well, it amazed audiences of the day.

So come on...get your culture on and enjoy a silent movie night...there are some real gems from the 19-teens and 20's.  We may be arrogant enough to believe we've got a lock on artistic genius, but newsflash: genius is present in every generation...it's simply expressed within the constraints of its time and technology.

Enjoy some genius from days gone by.

I know for a fact Mr. Spielberg did...ET flying in front of the full moon?

Fairbanks and his flying carpet did it first back in 1924, y'all...
Hollywood hasn't had an original idea since the 1920's, so why not treat yourself and go to the source?

It's a rainy Saturday morning...
...so no golfing today...
...but that's ok...got my two rounds of 9 in Thursday and Friday after work this week.
That's a young Walter Hagen, by the way, circa 1925 or so.

Yesterday especially went pretty well...no mulligans from the tee, and while every tee shot wasn't perfect, they were all serviceable and a few of them were really pretty good.  Starting to get the hang of hitting my brassie...or at least I was yesterday.  Actually parred a couple of holes along the way and most of my shots looked like they were supposed to...no big hooks or slices and decent distances (for me).

And since I was golfing in the afternoon / evening rather than being the first one on the course in the morning, several times I had an audience.  Normally that spells trouble and I just know I'm going to hit it fat or top it for a worm burner, but yesterday was ok.  I was able to stick to my personal golf mantra of relax, hips, head and swing away with acceptable results.

One surprise is how much attention I get for carrying my Sunday bag with hickory clubs.  Others on the course drive their carts to where I'm about to hit and ask a dozen questions about my equipment.  They're more or less amazed you can still actually play with hickory the way the game started lo, these many moons ago.
haven't seen my old pal Deuce Mulligan in a while...
I'll be glad when Mr. Weather starts cooperating again and I can go back to enjoying an early morning round in solitude, but at least they're not banishing me from the course for my lower, slower game swinging my hickory sticks.


I still need to rummage through my All Hallows decor and pull out from the mothballs what we'll be using this year...bc of all the chaos related to buying / selling / moving / renovating it's going to be a scaled back event, but I suspect we'll find a spot for some favorites...



...should be fun as always...

So today Karen sent me out in the rain to retrieve some pumpkins from a roadside stand...it's the honor system and only $2 or $3 for a pumpkin...pretty good deal.

While I was doing my duty Karen decided it was the perfect photo op...
...had to smile when I realized I was on candid camera...

Dug out some fall decor from the mass of boxes and totes still left in the garage...
...turkey, pheasant and quail...yum, yum...

Lots left to do today and time's a wastin', so...

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Wine Trail...

...led to Warner's in downtown Holland this weekend...celebrating 80 years as a winery in west Michigan...Karen found a sweet red she liked...I'm sticking with Pinot Noir when I drink wine...but I have to admit I'm solidly in Mark Twain's camp when it comes to enjoying a libation:

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough."

We then wandered a bit, enjoying the downtown area...

We also stopped by a pumpkin patch and bought some of that seasonal fruit...
...currently decorating yard and home...
...and yes, pumpkins are a fruit...just don't include them in your next fruit salad.

Watched Their Finest again on Friday...

...truly enjoy that film within a film, set during the Blitz in London in 1940...some great performances by all three stars, Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

Saturday we opted for Forget Paris...
...a truly insightful film about making a relationship work with some great ensemble cast acting.  Crystal had a string of these types of movies where he gave serious treatment to important subjects but did so by masterfully blending comedy and drama...well worth your time.

I abandoned "simple golf" (3 clubs: mashie, niblick, putter) this weekend...
...in favor of adding a 4th club...a brassie (wood).  I have a long history of not being able to hit a wood worth beans, but I spent the evenings last week practicing with whiffle golf balls in my back yard.

Result?  I still can't hit a wood worth beans, but I did make a little progress...enough so it's found a place in my Sunday bag as the 4th club now.

And the few times in my two rounds of 9 this weekend when I did actually hit it more or less correctly, it shortens the hole.  #5 is a 170 yard par 3 and if I hit my mashie really well I'm within 10 yards of the green...most of the time I'm within 30 yards or so of the green.

Saturday I used my brassie from the tee and was actually about 10 yards above the pin, which means I hit it about 180 yards, right down the pike.  Not bad for me.

This afternoon we dashed the 12 miles down to Douglas to visit the antique mall there...when we pulled up someone had parked a black, 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk nearby...didn't get a pic of that particular car, but below is a pic of one:
Nice ride - love those tail fins - and they don't cost a ton for a vintage car...around $20k for a decent one.

Tonight Karen spotted a fox in our backyard right after sunset...
...sorry for the poor resolution but it was getting dark quickly...point is I guess we have a fox to go along with the turkeys, deer, squirrels and etc.  Hope (s)he doesn't develop a taste for cats.

Still have a workout to do, some Notions stuff and then if any time remains, some writing on TAT...Frank and John have found their way to Palm Springs after an unexpected break in filming His Glorious Night...promises to be exciting...

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