Saturday, August 29, 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen...

art work by Wayne Wirgau

...allow me to present...the Mid Century Modern Power Couple that never was.


Yep, that's Elvis and Marilyn gracing our mid century modern garage, but Elvis is still a work in progress...we decided he needs to be bigger, so I'll have follow up pics of the completed portrait next week.

Marilyn, on the other hand is both finis and spectacular..

...and here she is, all lit up at night...



...pretty darn cool.

Marilyn and Elvis were the biggest stars in their professions, contemporaries, but never romantically involved.

They did meet briefly - according to Joe Esposito, one of Elvis' posse - in June of 1960.

They happened to be on the same Paramount Studios movie lot and bumped into each other near their dressing rooms.

They exchanged pleasantries and a hug and that was that.

No torrid love affair, no one night stand...just a friendly hi how are ya between the 2 biggest superstars of the day.

So there you have it - the mid century modern power couple that never was - now together on our garage.

Might have to add one more mcm icon to our collection...



Ol' Blue Eyes, anyone?



It was 4 years ago this weekend that Karen and I did some Metro Cruisin' with Mr. T...


I know what you're thinking...

...nothing like kicking it old school in a 1923 Model T.


...how does an old guy like him get a young beauty like her?



It's the car, boyo...beautiful women dig beautiful cars...

Good times.



Cloudy day on the links...

...but a very enjoyable round, and I saved the best for last...


...when I dropped that 9 footer for birdie on #9.


As the saying goes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then...


...because the rest of my round was the usual mix of bogeys...



...and their uglier siblings, double/triple bogeys.

Even so, it was a pleasant stroll through the countryside chasing that little white gutta percha.

Can't wait to tee it up again next week.



Karen and I have been watching another PBS / Walter Presents series, In Vlaamse Velden (In Flanders Field)...



...the story of a family in Belgium and their struggles during WWI.

We're enjoying these European series about historical events for the different viewpoints than we sometimes get here in America.

In World War 1, Germany attempted to execute their "Schlieffen Plan", which called for a sweeping attack through Belgium and down into France...



...and Belgium was seen as little more than a useful bridge on their road to victory.

History records it didn't quite work that way, and the Flemish people of Belgium suffered tremendously.

Besides the brutality of the occupying German army and starvation due to food shortages - with a tip o' the hat to Herbert Hoover's Commission for Relief in Belgium efforts -



- this series explores the internal conflicts between the Flemish and the French - allegedly allies in the war.

For most Americans, that's probably a lost subtext but to the Belgians it was a major affront that compounded their anguish during this awful time.

So expand your horizons a little and tune into this series on PBS...part of a number of efforts created to remember the 100th anniversary of WWI (1914 - 1918).



Seen here and there...


Larry's back at his cottage for a week of work and vacation...



...enjoying beautiful sunsets...


...and glorious moonlit nights like this...



our courtyard fountain in the sunshine


a couple of pals dropped by the command center this week



looking for one of these in my size



did I use this one recently?  well I'm using it again...I like it...



I know - I can't believe it either - but it's that time again...




What?  Heck no, not that!   This:



I can't really jump that high, but we're packing it in anyway for another week here at the Atomic Monster Cafe.

But don't worry, we'll be back next week and remember...as the great Joe Louis said...

...you can run, but you can't hide...

later, mcm fans...

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Another Glorious...


...summer morning on the links...and it helped that I played pretty well.


this niblick shot...

Got skunked in the par department, but bagged a few bogeys along the way...


...landed here, and two putt for bogey...

As long as I'm striking the ball well...


managed to avoid the water today...

...and keeping it in the fairways, I'm happy.

Had a couple of chances to 1 putt for par...



...but either rimmed the cup or left it short.



Overall it was a little solitude, a little exercise and a delightful stroll through the country.



When Karen and I were in Saugatuck the other day, we saw something we didn't think was possible:





...a sign in support of our BFD ("beloved fascist dictator"...what did you think it meant?)

Whoever those poor misguided souls are, they obviously don't understand when you trade your rights for safety, you lose both.

Takes all kinds, I guess.



In the "continuous home improvements" department, we had our driveway sealed this week...went from this:



...to this:



And from this:



...to this:



It definitely looks better now...



...but should also extend the life of the asphalt, something our driveway truly needed.

Like the rest of the place, it hadn't been maintained properly for many years.

This home restoration has been a much bigger project than we anticipated...

...but we're slowly bringing it back to its former mid century modern glory...another year...or three...

We soldier on.



I have to admit, the tough slog through restoration purgatory hasn't been all boring (and expensive) stuff like replacing the roof, putting down new flooring or upgrading the electrical.

Occasionally we do something whimsical and fun...
Karen lets me think I'm driving...

...as you'll see next week.

Here's a hint...it's the "Mid Century Modern Power Couple" that never was.

Stay tuned.



Just about time for some parting shots...


saw this poor guy early one morning...only half a rack...



relaxing by the morning fire



feeding time at the local "squirrels r us"



couldn't duplicate that shot if I tried



strangers in the night



a gorgeous Lake Michigan sunset



And...

...for this edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

Thanks for dropping by and we hope your time here wasn't as bad as you feared it might be, all things considered.

Make sure you stop at the security checkpoint on the way out so we can rifle through your pockets for any loose change.

later mcm fans...


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