I’m writing/posting this from the waiting area at Maita Toyota where my Prius is getting some TLC. Free coffee, wireless, big screen TV and ample seating. This is a luxury moment in my decades of car ownership. These horror stories come to mind. 1963 VW bug stolen from the parking lot at the apartment complexContinue reading “A Luxury Moment in the Harsh World of Vehicle Repairs”
Minutes ago I took this photo of ice patterns on my black Prius at sunrise. Today the South Pole recorded a record low 138-degrees (F) below zero. I recall being on a photo assignment in Boston on a record cold day many years before digital cameras—the shutter on my Nikon froze. Stay warm!
The lighting at the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy is amazing. The ceiling is comprised of colorful tiles, a leading example of early Christian Byzantine art in the western world. The mosaics appear to glow—a fitting dynamic for a church. However, spotlights are required as there isn’t enough sunshine available to show off the ceiling. Regardless, IContinue reading “Light is Art”
Nelson Mandela, a champion of human rights and racial equality globally, not just in South Africa, left us yesterday. He was 95, an age I find amazing given that he was a target of bigotry for decades. His age at death contrasts sharply with the murder of civil rights champion, Dr. Martin Luther King atContinue reading “95 vs. 39”
I read a news story twice if find it unbelievable, then I bounce it off of someone else; i.e., can this be real? Until today, the last such news was the coverage of Toronto’s mayor Ford’s second public gaffe—the one after he publicly admitted he was too drunk to remember doing cocaine. Today, I was awakenedContinue reading “Will Work for Beer”
On Wednesdays and Sundays I post extremely short fiction on my site: http://twivelist.com . All posts are between 1,400 and 1,396 characters; i.e., ten tweets, hence, the name “twivel.” Today’s post is “The Final Punch” about a boxer’s last fight. The crude watercolor is by your truly. Please visit.
Recently I’ve been watching old TV shows from the 1980s on cable which means I am repeatedly exposed to these ad lines: “You may be entitled to compensation,” or, “Find out if a reverse mortgage is right for you.” Hey, it’s the Fonz doing that last one—looks like he shrunk a little. Fred Thompson, the former Law&OrderContinue reading “Watching TV Ads…”
I was driving this past Sunday morning when I turned on the radio to hear a pro football game. First, the coin toss was covered—that doesn’t happen on TV until the Super Bowl. “Tails” won. The referee had a twang to the call, so it came out as a three-syllable word: ta–ail—eess. Later the announcerContinue reading “Talking Football…”
A few minutes ago the morning calm was altered briefly by the basso barks of Sammy. It was too early for the mailman. No cats or dogs in sight. Yes, across the street a blackbird was checking us out. Is this a Brewer’s Blackbird? If you can tell from the photo, let me know. Location: Northern California.