August 31, 2006
August 29, 2006
My good friend, Mele, took this photo of me, right before we left California to move to Washington, in May of 1999. Charming, ain't I? This is when I still had my natural hair colour and before I had to wear glasses full time. Here's one of me and hubby, taken the same day, in front of our townhouse in Fairfax, CA. Yes, I'm very short and he's very tall.
Just wanted to let my fellow VDO blogging buddies that they should head over to Elizabeth D'Onofrio's "photo album", at http://donofrioe.com/family.htm for some great candids she shot while visiting the LOCI set. I will, of course, not post any of her photos here. But there is one photograph in particular, taken in Vincent's apartment which caused me to giggle a little bit.....Vincent's not in it, but in the background, you can see his toilet paper roll in the bathroom. Elizabeth even makes a comment on her blog about wishing it wasn't in the picture. Nothing like bringing a person back to reality when you realize that your idol wipes his ass just like the rest of us!! Elizabeth's son, Hawk, just got hired on to LOCI, I think somewhere in the production department, so that is cool as well!
August 28, 2006
August 27, 2006
August 21, 2006
I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect from David Cassidy, after all these years, but the concert on Friday was outstanding! I was so afraid that the show would be lame and I'd kick myself for ruining the fond memories of my youth. Boy was I wrong! The only thing missing from the show was my 2 cousins, Sharon & Diane. I wished so much that they were there with me, singing along like we used to when we were 7 & 8 years old. I nearly called them on my cell and held up the phone, but they are on the east coast and probably would not have welcomed a call so late at night.
David's still extremely hot. For a 56 year old man, he still has all the moves that made young women scream and faint in the 70's; as it is women were screaming, "I love you David" and passing him their phone numbers!! He's an excellent entertainer, and really knows how to work the crowd. He was funny and self-deprecating, yet sincere in his appreciation for the fan support all these years, which endeared him to the crowd immediately. You just can't not like the guy. David opened the show w/ Deep Purple's "Hush" which was amazing, then he sang a whole bunch of great Partridge Family songs, as well as 2 Beatles covers and some of his solo stuff. He played both acoustic and electric guitar, and paid a lot of attention to the fans in the first 2 rows. I suppose I could have edged up myself and perhaps gotten a hand shake or hand slap, but I just couldn't make myself do it. Hopefully my photos turned out!!
I'm off to Vancouver on Wednesday. Catch up to everyone later!
August 18, 2006
So this is the guy who is confessing to the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. At first, I thought he was the right person, but after the past few days of hearing the additional information, I don't think he is the murderer. Obsessed with her, definitely. And if I was facing jail time in Thailand, I would probably confess to any number of crimes in the USA just to get me out of Thailand. Prisons in America are no picnic, but I hear they are hundreds of times worse and more brutal in SE Asia.
I've thought all along that the family had something to do with JonBenet's murder. Even if they didn't, prostituting her in beauty pagents like that was bordering on abuse. Sexualizing any child, especially a 6 year old is just plain wrong. It's bad enough when 10 year old girls go around dressing like hookers!
What do you all think?
I hope everyone has a groovy weekend!! I'm off to see David Cassidy at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma tonight.
Thanks to Eliza for the above pictures. Who wouldn't want to lick those wonderful fingers?! Be still my beating heart. You are never too old to have a celebrity crush.
August 16, 2006
Belgian artist Rene Magritte has been my favourite artist since I was in high school, when my best friend, Liz, showed me a book of his paintings. These are some of my faves.
The third painting I posted, of the lion and the man with wings, "Homesickness", is Liz's favourite by Magritte; at least it used to be! My fave one is the first picture, of the train in the fireplace, "Time Transfixed". I used to have a poster of the 4th painting of the 3 spheres, which name escapes me. My friends and I used to refer to it as the "Geffen balls" because they look the logo for Geffen Records.
August 15, 2006
August 9, 2006
He recently hosted the Photo Challenge, where he posts a photo on his website and lets the viewers/bloggers take over and submit their versions. Here are a few of the idiot in the White House, which cracked me up. The first photo is the original post by Mercer, the rest were submitted by, in order: Kyle, Cindy Green, Mark Telfer, Maurice Motut, Cindy Green again and Bob. I like Cindy Green's visions best.
The 4th picture shows conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, lurking behind Bush. Harper was voted into office during the winter and replaced about 10-12 years of liberal rule. Harper wants to make nice with Bush.
You've all no doubt seen the famous film of the bridge that is undulating in heavy winds and then collapses into the water. That was the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It was eventually rebuilt (photo #2 - those are the Olympic Mountains, not the Cascades), and now due to the population growth, a second bridge is being constructed. The bridge decks are being lifted into place right now, and they hope to have it open in a year. There's also a bar in Lakewood called "Gallopin' Gertie's".
Here's a short history of the bridge from Ketchum.org. Many thanks to them and to the people who shot the above photos. One note - the newspaper guy quoted below didn't take his dog with him when he got out of his car, and he let the poor animal plunge to its death. That part of the story always pissed me off.
The original, 5,939-foot-long Tacoma Narrows Bridge, popularly known as "Galloping Gertie," opened to traffic on July 1, 1940 after two years of construction, linking Tacoma and Gig Harbor. It collapsed just four months later during a 42-mile-per-hour wind storm on Nov. 7, 1940.
The bridge earned the nickname "Galloping Gertie" from its rolling, undulating behavior. Motorists crossing the 2,800-foot center span sometimes felt as though they were traveling on a giant roller coaster, watching the cars ahead disappear completely for a few moments as if they had been dropped into the trough of a large wave.
The original bridge was a suspended plate girder type that caught the wind, rather than allowing it to pass through. As the wind's intensity increased, so did Gertie's rolling, cork-screwing motion -- until it finally tore the bridge apart. For the next 10 years, Tacoma and Gig Harbor/the Olympic Peninsula were once again unconnected by bridge. Then after 29 months of construction, a new, much safer Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened on Oct. 14, 1950.
The new bridge spans 5,979 feet -- 40 feet longer than "Galloping Gertie" -- and is part of Hwy. 16. The sunken remains of "Galloping Gertie" were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers.
An eye-witness account of "Galloping Gertie's" demise was graphically provided by Leonard Coatsworth, a Tacoma newspaper editor:
"Just as I drove past the towers, the bridge began to sway violently from side to side. Before I realized it, the tilt became so violent that I lost control of the car... I jammed on the brakes and got out, only to be thrown onto my face against the curb. Around me I could hear concrete cracking. I started to get my dog Tubby, but was thrown again before I could reach the car. The car itself began to slide from side to side of the roadway. On hands and knees most of the time, I crawled 500 yards or more to the towers... My breath was coming in gasps; my knees were raw and bleeding, my hands bruised and swollen from gripping the concrete curb... Toward the last, I risked rising to my feet and running a few yards at a time... Safely back at the toll plaza, I saw the bridge in its final collapse and saw my car plunge into the Narrows."
Fare you well, my honey. Fare you well, my only true one. All the birds that were singing, have flown except you alone.
Gonna leave this Brokedown Palace. On my hands and my knees I will roll, roll, roll. Make myself a bed, by the waterside. In my time - in my time - I will roll, roll, roll
In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head. Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul.
River gonna take me, sing me sweet and sleepy. Sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home. It's a far gone lullaby, sung many years ago. Mama, Mama, many worlds I've come since I first, left home.
Goin home, goin home,by the waterside I will rest my bones. Listen to the river sing sweet songs,to rock my soul.
Gonna plant, a weeping willow. On the banks green edge it will grow, grow, grow. Sing a lullaby, beside the water. Lovers come and go - the river roll, roll, roll.
Fare you well, fare you well, I love you more than words can tell. Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.
August 8, 2006
August 7, 2006
It was weird not to be able to go upstairs and check in on all the Vincent blogs I like to visit every day. I hope that the computer is ready today. The damn thing is costing us more to fix than buying a new one. This is the last repair. Next time it crashes, we're pitching it and getting a new one! What did we do in "the old days"? Remember the old days? Before cell phones and fax machines? Before debit cards and cable TV? When you actually had to get up off the couch to change channels? And when you had to just deal with waiting in line at the store because the cash registers weren't electric, and the credit card machines were manual?
How much time are we really saving anyway by having things go faster and faster? I'm extremely guilty of being impatient, especially waiting in line at the store.
To my Molly.VDO pals - hopefully I'll be back soon but I am keeping up with all of the entries.
August 4, 2006
A former gravel pit owned by the Butchart family, matriarch Jennie Butchart had a vision to create a beautiful garden where once was scarred earth and stone. I visited the Gardens last year on my trip to Victoria and they are absolutely breathtaking!! There is an Asian-themed garden, one with native carved totem poles, an Italian garden (4th photo), ponds, gazing balls, fountains, etc. It's absolutely gorgeous.
Many thanks to Google Images and the people that shot these pictures. My computer is still down at home, and so I have not been able to scan any photos I have taken of my various travels. I hope to be back on the Molly.VDO site next week to catch up w/ my friends!
The black and white photo is a "before" shot, and the photo directly under it is what that same area looks like now.
August 2, 2006
The first photo needs no introduction.
Next up we have the TransAmerica Pyramid in San Francisco. I have about a zillion photos of it from different angles, streets and hills. It's gotten to be a running joke with friends & family.
These two photos are of The Empress Hotel and British Columbia Legislative Buildings, in Victoria, BC. The last thing my hubby said to me before I left for Victoria last summer was, "try not to take a thousand rolls of film of the Empress and Parliament!" OK, so I was in Victoria for 24 hours and I shot 8 or 9 rolls... Both buildings are architectural wonders and lend themselves to both colour and black and white photos. Parliament is a wonder all lit up at night. I have sat on the wall at the Inner Harbour and looked at both buildings for hours.
I never get sick of looking at the Golden Gate Bridge. Even after we moved up to Marin County and I continued to commute to San Francisco by bus, I never stopped noticing what a beautiful bridge it is, especially when you emerge from the Waldo Tunnel on the Marin side and the bridge is looming in front of you. By the way, the colour is "international orange". The bridge is constantly being retrofitted for quakes and painted to guard against the corrosive salt air.
Majestic Mt. Rainier. The cloud "hat" on the summit is called a Lenticular Cloud. They form over and near very high mountains and have often been mistaken for UFO's. Seriously. They are huge and saucer shaped, sometimes grey and white.
August 1, 2006
Today is Jerry Garcia's birthday, which I nearly forgot because the day he died, 8/9/95, sticks in my mind more. We sure miss you, man. We miss the Grateful Dead and the whole Dead scene so much. Thanks for everything, Jerry.
"Such a long, long time to be gone
And a short time to be there...."