Rainy Day Blues

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Today we are going to Muse about rainy day blues.   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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Rainy Day Blues

To the south of us things are happening.  Weather is on the way, moving in our direction.

Weather map. We are the red star

Weather map. We are the red star

So the clouds and moisture fill our sky.

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

angry sky

angry sky

Jeanette is not happy.  She was looking forward to her walk.  It is keeping me indoors as well.

 Bummer!

There is one guy who is pretty happy, though.

Standing in the rain

Standing in the rain

Teddy likes the rain.

Teddy likes the rain

Teddy likes the rain

More to come.

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Big Apple

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Today we are going to Muse about our recent sojourn to New York City.   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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BIG APPLE

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

This was the week of rain and humidity here in Florida. Little sunshine, lots of water, local flooding.  Hmmm!  Fortunately we were not here.  We were in New York City!

This was a time to see family, friends, theater and museums.  I’ll tell you about our week.

We flew up on Saturday to La Guardia.  Currently the airport is under construction and people arriving who have arranged for a car to pick them up must take a shuttle a short distance to a pick up area.  It must be about four blocks.  The shuttle took about an hour and a half to go that short distance.  Terrible!  Four lanes of traffic converge into one lane creating a massive backup.  It took us as long to get to our hotel from the airport as it took to get from Florida to New York.

In the afternoon my sister and niece came into the city from New Jersey to have dinner with us.  We stayed mid-town.  Hadn’t seen them in a couple of years. They are looking good.

On the Roof Terrace

On the Roof Terrace

The next day we took the Metro North to get to New Salem where we spent the day with Jeanette’s sister and brother-in-law, their three children and their spouses, Jeanette’s seven grand nieces and nephews and three of Jeanette’s cousins one of which was accompanied by her spouse. So . . . including us that adds up to 21 people.   That is a lot of relatives in one place at one time!

It is an exciting time for the family.  Two of the girls just graduated from college, another is mid way through.  One of the boys has just started his own business.  We enjoyed seeing them all.

Monday friends came up from Baltimore to meet us for lunch at Manzo’s Ristorante in the Eataly complex.  The last time we saw them we met at the same place.  If you find yourself in the city and haven’t been there you should check it out.

Manzo Ristorante

Manzo Ristorante

The restaurant is very good but Eataly is amazing.  It is an Italian market occupying what must be half a city block selling more varieties of cheese, wine and specialty foodstuffs than I have seen anywhere else.  More than in Italy!  It is worth a visit.

The_Whitney_Museum,_New_York_City_in_2015

The_Whitney_Museum,_New_York_City_in_2015

Later in the afternoon we toddled off to the Whitney Museum of art.  Currently on exhibit is the is the Whitney Biennial 2017.

I did not care for it.  The work is very dark, angry and depressing.  But that is me.  Other people obviously appreciate it.

The museum building is interesting, with each floor having a terrace.  It allows you to see wide panoramas of the city in several directions.

View from the Whitney

View from the Whitney

Tuesday more friends came in to meet us for lunch.

Jeanette, Wesley, Mickie, Ritchie

Jeanette, Wesley, Mickie, Ritchie

Jeanette was longing for an old-fashioned deli and a pastrami sandwich.  However, it was raining a bit and the group decided the pastrami would be another time.  We settled on an Irish pub.

That brings us to Wednesday, a day for the theater.  We were joined by David and Nancy, friends of Jeanette going back to high school days,  and off we went to see a matinée.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

This is a fun and spirited production.  If you want a philosophical show, this is not it.  If you want a show that will leave you humming the tune, this is not it.  But if you want fun and flash, humor and action you will like this.

Photo4_KinkyBootsTour_PhotobyMatthewMurphy

Photo4_KinkyBootsTour_PhotobyMatthewMurphy

After the theater we went to The Modern, a really wonderful restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art.  The setting is open and “modern”.  The service was impeccable and the food was as nice as it gets.  Thank you David and Nancy.

The Modern

The Modern

So now we were at Thursday.  This day was unique in our city experience.  We were by ourselves!

Met-Breuer

Met-Breuer

We went to the Met Breuer, the new addition to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On exhibit now is an impressive collection of work by Marsden Hartley.  It focuses on his landscapes and seascapes of Maine.

WEB_68a.-Hartley,-Mount-Katahdin,-H-232

WEB_68a.-Hartley,-Mount-Katahdin,-H-232

We walked thirty blocks from our hotel to the museum which allowed us to see more of the city, crowds traffic and all.

Traffic

Traffic

I got to fool around with my camera.

on the way to the Met Breuer

on the way to the Met Breuer

Reflection in the window

Reflection in the window

After the museum we walked three blocks and there was

The Deli

The Deli

and Jeanette got her hot pastrami sandwich!

A perfect day.

Friday we flew home.

So there you have it . . . our week in the city!

But wait,

 let me tell you what impressed me as much as anything else.  After the theater we were enveloped by a huge crowd as several theaters were disgorging their patrons at the same time.  Taxis were bumper to bumper and nothing was moving very well.  We wanted to get away from the crowd and over to the restaurant.

David suggested we take pedicabs, something like this:

Pedicab

Pedicab

We took two.  They actually worked well as they weaved in and out and around the traffic.  Jeanette found it scary.  As we went along, Jeanette said “It says $7 a minute”.

I said “That can’t be right.  It must be $7 a mile.”

Well, she was right . . .$7 a minute.  Our 17 minute ride cost $240, $120 for each pedicab!

$7 a minute is $420 an hour!  I need to buy one of those pedicabs.

More to come

Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Spring Palms

Spring Palms

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Tropical Ballet

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Snag

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Memorial Day

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Today we are going to Muse about Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer.  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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Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend has just passed.  This is a Federal Holiday honoring those people who died while serving in the armed forces.  It is often confused withVeterans Day which honors those people who served in the military.

Although the day is solemn, its observance is often festive.

Decorated lawns

Decorated lawns

At the National Croquet Center on Saturday an honor guard from the American Legion participated in a flag raising ceremony which included the National Anthem, the playing of taps and a 24 gun salute.

This was followed by a Clam Bake with lobster, clams, muscles, sausage, corn on the cob, watermelon and brownies.

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Lobster was the main feature

What better way to mark the beginning of summer?  Festive indeed!

Celebrating

Celebrating

Monday, the real Memorial Day, we were at the Beach Club in Palm Beach, Florida.  People were playing tennis, enjoying the pool, the bar-b-que and the ocean.  And of course, croquet.  The club which is normally closed on Monday was in full swing.

The croquet courts were ready for play and the day was beautiful.

Waiting to play

Waiting to play

Not a cloud in the sky

Not a cloud in the sky

By 8:30 AM the players began to arrive.

Before the start

Before the start

Morning Coffee and scones

Morning Coffee and Scones

And  then the games were underway.

Memorial Day Play

Memorial Day Play

I hope your Memorial day was as nice.

On a different note,

Here is something to have fun with…

This test is to ascertain your mental state now. If you get one right you are doing OK, if you get none right you better go for counseling. (I’ll meet you there.)

There are 4 test questions.

Giraffe Test

Giraffe

Giraffe

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The correct answer:

Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

Elephant Test

Elephant

Elephant

 

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

 

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong Answer.

 

 

Correct Answer:

Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

Lion King Test

Lion King

Lion King

3. The Lion King is hosting an Animal Conference. All the animals attend … except one. Which animal does not attend?

 

 

 

 

Correct Answer:

The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.

Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

Crocodile Test

Crocodile

Crocodile

4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat.  What do you do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correct Answer:

You jump into the river and swim across. Haven’t you been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Conference.

This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the Retirees they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively proves the theory that most retirees do not have the brains of a four-year-old.

More to come

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Pixel.com is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Forest

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Migration

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Today we are going to Muse about the annual exodus.  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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Migration

Migration

migration |mīˈɡrāSH(ə)n|
noun
seasonal movement of animals from one region to another:
this butterfly’s annual migration across North America.

It Has Begun

Change is in the air.  It has begun. . . the annual migration north.

Yesterday I was at the National Croquet Center.  This is the largest croquet facility in the world with twelve regulation size courts and up to nine non-regulation courts in the back.  Last week it was teaming with players and spectators, with every court being used.

In Season

In Season

Yesterday when I arrived there were four people on the courts, one couple and an individual taking a lesson.  For a period, I was the only person there.

No one there

No one there

People are heading north.  “Season” is over and they want to avoid the dreaded Florida summer.

Around town you will see large trucks loading cars to be transported to cities north.  Many houses stand vacant with their windows shuttered, protection against a possible hurricane.  There is little traffic on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.  People are gone.

For those of us who live here most of the year, this annual flow north is good.  Traffic on the interstate is light.  Reservations at restaurants are not needed in many cases.  Restaurants have specials to entice diners.  We are going out tonight with friends.  Everything is half price including the wine.  Its a deal.  Another restaurant we like serves any pasta dish for $20 on Tuesday and it allows you to bring your own wine (no corkage) on Wednesday.  Specials and prix fixe dinners are commonplace.  So, we like it.

The beaches are not crowded.

Vacant beach

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As for the “dreaded Florida summer”, that is an overblown concern.  I moved here in 1990 and in all the time since I don’t believe it has ever gone over 94°F.  There are plenty of places up north that break that record.

Pull Up A Chair

Pull Up A Chair

So, pull up a chair and stay a while.

More to come

Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Afternoon Mooring

Afternoon Mooring

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Harbor Boats

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Intracoastal Mooring

Intracoastal Mooring

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Leaf me be

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Today we are going to Muse about the neighborhood.  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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Leaf me be

Did you ever see something for the first time that has been there all along?

We have lived on our street for twelve years.  I walk the dog up and down the street at least twice daily.  So this street is not new to me.

Today I was walking Teddy for his morning business when I looked at my neighbor’s house.

Wall plantings

Wall plantings

And I thought “Why would you do that?”

In one of my previous lives, my then brother-in-law and his wife purchased a home that had been owned by the actor, Boris Karloff.  Karloff had planted Bougainvillea around several columns supporting the roof of the loggia.  Over time the Bougainvillea grew so large that it completely enveloped the columns and eventually damaged the loggia, requiring an  expensive repair.  Since then I have never had an interest in planting things that would grow up my walls.

So, I thought “Why would you do that?”  and “That is a strange thing to do.”

But, you know, it is not!

As I continued my walk I looked at the houses I pass everyday and this is what I saw

On the Columns

On the Columns

Across the front

Across the front

over the garage

over the garage

the one with the most

the one with the most

At the entrance

At the entrance

Across the front

Across the front

up the wall

up the wall

adorning the entrance

adorning the entrance

over the arches

over the arches

across the street

across the street

Wow!  I had seen this before but I never realized how common it is.  There are seventeen homes on our street.  Ten are shown here.

The one I always think about is next door.  He is really into landscaping.

Exotic planting

Exotic planting

But nothing grows up the wall.

More to come

Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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