Out of here

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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Today we are going to Muse about getting out of here.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

Hit the road, Jack!

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ROAD TRIP

Well we finally did it. After spending a good part of the year confined to the house because of the pandemic we decided to get away for an overnight. We have both had our vaccines and are now being a bit more adventurous. We decided to drive over to Sarasota and go to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Its about four hours from our home.

People have told me the museum was worth seeing for years. Somehow we never made it a priority. I am happy we did this time.

First of all the drive is interesting. It took us diagonally north from the congested east coast of Florida past Lake Okeechobee and through the uncongested rural center of the state to the congested west coast. The middle of the state is a different culture from the two coasts.

Cattle . . . there are lots of cattle. I read somewhere that Florida is the largest cattle state in the country. That is not what you would expect, is it? Apparently they are born here and shipped to other venues to mature. Giddy up!

And there is lots of flatness. Other than an overpass and one small hill I don’t think I saw anything along the way higher than ten feet and it was a utility pole.

After dropping Teddy off at the Doggie Spa we drove straight to the museum.

The museum is very large as you can see above. The grounds alone are worth the drive. In addition to the Art Museum there is a Circus Museum and a Performing Arts Center.

From the street you approach the entrance to the property and from there go to one museum or another. We chose the Art museum.

Entry
On toward the Museum

Security was high. I was particularly impressed by the manner in which the sculpture checked out Jeanette as she went to enter.

Italian painting and sculpture from the 1400’s to the 1900’s are the main focus of the collection. Much of the painting is lush, large, colorful and biblical. There are a few exceptions, but they are few.

Here is a pot-pouri of what we saw,

This one caught my attention. It represents a siege of walled city.

Did you ever wonder where Betsy Ross got the idea for the flag?

Well probably not.

In addition to the permanent collection there was a wonderful traveling exhibit of woodblock prints by Saitō Kiyoshi. Here are a few examples:

All things come to an end, of course. After the museum we headed out for some casual eats. Made our way to the Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar located as you might guess on Phillippi Creek.

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

The food was worth the drive.

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A time to Flower

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Today we are going to Muse about the joy of spring.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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SEASON

It is “season” here in Florida, warm and balmy. The beaches are full. Spring Break is now just over. Restaurants and shops are buzzing. It is a time to be here.

Orchids

This brings me to the subject of orchids. My older brother had three apartments in the John Hancock building in Chicago: one for his wife, one for himself and a third to grow orchids. We haven’t gone that far, but we like orchids.

From time to time people wii give us an orchid as a house gift and ,of course, from time to time we will buy our own. When they go dormant we would put them out in the yard and pretty much forget about them. In the Florida climate that works. Each year they produce beautiful blooms.

ORCHID NURSERY

Next to the pool is a table that has become the orchid nursery. We put them out there and they do their thing.

Eventually we tie them to trees

or bring them inside.

They are a constant source of beauty.

I wish to you an orchid in your life.

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Fiscal Responsibility

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Today we are going to Muse about fiscal responsibility.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Partisanship
The best way forward

The Case for Fiscal Responsibility

Well the congress has passed H.R.1319 – American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. It is a great deal of money and depending on your persuasion it is a life saver or a sign of pending doom. Consensus is a long way off. It depends upon which Ox is being gored.

On the Personal Level

I grew up with two brothers and a sister. I was the second child and there was a long span between us. My older brother was 6 years 9 months older than me and I am 6 years 9 months older than my sister. The younger brother came 14 months later. The last two were half siblings . . new father, new schedule. Anyway, between the oldest and the youngest there is a fifteen year span and a very different approach to fiscal responsibility.

My older brother was very focused on money. As a young teenager he had the two paper routes in the little town where we lived. There were only two and he had them both. As a result he had more spending money than my parents. In high school he worked for a local pharmacist. Ultimately he ended up with a significant net worth . . . but he did not have a very happy life.

My sister has always been conservative with money. Like her father she has been a saver and never extravagant. As a result today she is pretty comfortable and she has done it all herself.

My younger brother has had his ups and downs but he is resilient. After he had taken a buy- out with his long time corporate job he went into business with some associates. My understanding is they basically took his investment and forced him out. It was a crisis. So he went to school and became a BOMB DEMOLITION EXPERT! Those guys make a lot of money. He is retired now living in Pensacola and seems quite happy.

As for me, my early financial acccumen was limited to managing my allowance. There were no jobs in Guam and Morocco for US teenagers, except mowing lawns and baby sitting.

When I was 8-12 we lived in Carmel, California. In addition to my allowance I occasionally sold the local newspaper, the Carmel Pinecone. If I remember it sold for 25¢ and we got to keep a nickle. But my main source of revenue was my weekly allowance: 50¢.

Each Saturday I would go to the Fox theater to watch a double feature, with a serial, cartoon, previews, newsreel and often a short feature. That cost 20¢. I would spend a dime on popcorn and a coke. That left me with 20¢.

Very often I would stop in a toy store on the way home and buy something for my sister and younger brother.

After doing this a number of times my Dad took me aside.

Tommy”, He said, ” It is nice that you give Sue and Walt little things you buy on your way home. That is very nice. But you should be saving your money. You are spending 40% of your income on gifts to you sister and brother.”

I remember looking at him quizzically and saying, “Dad, it is only 20¢.

On a different note

I have recently added several new works to my website. Here they are:

Antelope

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Clown

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Waiting

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Among the Umbrellas

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Club Teams

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Today we are going to Muse about the Club Teams Croquet Tournament.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

Sticky Wicket

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This was a week of Croquet

Some things are fun on a large scale. For me this week it was Croquet.

National Croquet Center, West palm Beach, Fl

At the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida the United States Croquet Association held a tournament, Club Teams, in which teams representing various clubs from around the country competed against each other. The field was large with 100 players competing. I think this was a response to the pandemic. People have been cooped up so long they were eager to be outside in the sun and fresh airs they came out in numbers.

Participating were the Beach Club (FL), the Bellair Country Club (FL), the Houston Croquet Association (TX), the National Croquet Club (FL), the New York Croquet Club (NY), the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club (OK), the West Hampton Mallet Club (NY), and the Woodlawn Croquet Program (ME), eight clubs. Most had several teams participating, although one had a single team.

The tournament ran from Thursday March 18 through noon March 21.

Before the start all was calm. It looked like this:

Soon it was this:

My partner and I were part of the Championship Flight. There were three: Championship, First and Second. I think we set a record for most games lost, but still we had fun. The competition was stiff and playing with better skilled opponents teaches you a lot.

And, of course there was the social side of the games as seen here:

Veranda

In the end there were winners of course.

The awards were presented by David Isaacs (left) standing in for Sara Low, President of the United States Croquet Association, and Macey White, Tournament Director (right).

 

Macey White presented a special award for the Most Enthusiastic Team to Lori Mataway and Brand Shank from the Bellair Country Club.

Championship First Place went to John Brown and Robert Pulitzer from the Houston Croquet Association.

Tom Stoner and Hal Denton were the winners of the First Flight and Second Flight went to Jennifer Loving and Thomas Violini of the Beach Club. Unfortunately I did not get a photo of them.

We had a great time. The games were challenging. The weather was wonderful. The food was delicious and the ladies were good looking.

And, guess what?!

Next week we play in the Everglades Club tournament!

More to come

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technology issues

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Today we are going to Muse about the tyranny of technology.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Yikes!

Tyranny

A month ago I was in the process of printing Tournament Packets for an upcoming croquet tournament that was to be held at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The packets listed the times and dates of each contest, the contestants, their handicaps and other information. Each of the thirty plus players received a copy. It was a lot of printing.

Just as the last page was printed my printer died. The print head failed. Crum!

So I now have a new HP printer. I am happy with it. It does more and prints faster.

It is an important tool with respect to my art work. I do a lot of planning and creative work digitally and, of course, it has to be printed to have a final copy.

The computer and the special software I use are essential parts of the process. Recently I updated my operating system on my Apple Mac. When I attempted to use some of the software Painter 2015, Painter 2016, Painter 2018 the programs would not open.

It seems the old programs were not compatible with the new operating system. That is a lot of moola down the drain. Tyranny of technology!

chaos
chaos

I have now upgraded my software.

For the past month off and on I have been doing tutorials to learn how to use the program. It is very large and very complex. Recently, I decided to try it out on a painting of West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach

When I attempted to print it, nothing happened. The computer reported the printer was Off Line. Waiting to print. Whaaaat?

For years I have used a tech support company called My Phone Support when I ran into computer issues. They have bailed me out many times. This was one of them.

After checking various potential causes, Lyle, the technician asked “What is the model of your printer?”

When we looked in the print setting we saw a different printer was selected. I never thought to look there since I only have one printer. When we changed the printer selection Voila! It printed. Problem solved.

Lyle said, “It is WiFi and the computer searched for a printer and picked up that one. It might be your neighbor’s printer. Could be when they turn on their printer it will start printing your pieces.

Say what?

More to come

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Formidable

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Fish in Pond

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Zebra

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