Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

When legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he still practiced at 90, he replied "Because I think I'm making progress."


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How long has it been since Robert DeNiro was in a serious movie?  He seems to be in every forgettable rom-com these days.


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I had threatened to take a week off when I returned to Floriduh to get organized, but its December and Christmas time. I need to continue so like a punch-drunk boxer I will wobble a bit on my feet but stay in the ring, at least for now.


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Ayla, aka Alfred.  Almost human.

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Well, I'm back in Floriduh after almost a month in Northlandia. I did everything on my list, failing in a couple things. My little cabin in the woods in Emerald City is just about perfect. My fingers are crossed that I can keep living this two-state solution for the foreseeable future. 

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I have landed a job. I will be sitting Ayla/Alfred starting December 21st for an indefinite amount of time. Apparently she is happy with my work sitting Norah - that or my price is right. Back into the breach once more.

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And then there were none...

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Here is a scene duplicated almost in every small town in the Midwest. It is a funeral procession down Main street in Emerald City. The procession is turning toward the cemetery. I want you to notice that cars going in the opposite direction have stopped out of respect for the deceased, somebody they do not know. I saw it every so often in Seaton growing up.  It is a small town thing.  I do not know if they do it in the Quad-Cities but I can tell you most definitively that it is not done in big city Florida.   In fact, down here, cars don't/won't even slow much to allow emergency vehicles through intersections.  Much too busy, in a hurry and cosmopolitan for that sort of thing. That is why this scene warmed my heart.

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Poor Iowans.  They have all those political commercials every day, the Hawkeyes and they're crazy over cruz and Trump.  Hard to imagine that at one time their motto was "Iowa - A State of Minds".


This is an unretouched, non-photoshopped enhanced picture I took of a sunrise with my iPhone in Northlandia.  Amazing.  Just an amazing sunrise.  

   








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