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.

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Migration

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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.

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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.

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Rainy Day

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Rainy Day

Rainy Day

Rainy Day

Today is sort of dreary.  It’s a rainy day.  We need the rain but still . . .hmmm!  The excitement so far has been walking the dog.  Teddy likes the rain.

I’m kicking around the studio.  I have been dealing with “artist’s block” for a while now.

Artistic Block

Artistic Block

The paints are sorted.  The palettes are ready.  I have stretched paper.  But . . . the juices are not flowing.

Bored, I started looking through my “library”, a collection of odds and ends, in search of inspiration.  I came across this:

Modern Masters of Etching

Modern Masters of Etching

Etching

This book came out of an unclaimed storage auction I attended in the mid 80″s in Los Angeles.  It was part of the studio of Lyle R. Wheeler, a very successful movie director.  He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction 29 times, winning five. In 1951, he was nominated for four different films, three in 1952 and twice for two films in one year.

Unfortunately, he suffered financial reversals in later life and the contents of his studio were sold at auction.  At the time I did not know about Lyle Wheeler or the circumstances.  All I knew was that I was at an unclaimed storage auction and bidding on sealed boxes without knowing what they contained, sort of like a grab bag.  I bought ten for about $10 each.

This book was in one of the boxes.

The title, Modern Masters of Etching is a bit misleading.  The title page reveals a bit more:

Modern Masters of Etching

Modern Masters of Etching

1924 was not modern even in the 80’s.  Hah!

The book is a collection of high quality reproductions of etching.  It brought back memories and I thought I would talk about it today.

Etching is one of the main subsets of the Intaglio Medium:  etching and engraving. It is the more painterly process.

The Process

Etching is a print making process involving a number of steps.  It starts with a sheet of metal (zinc, copper, steel) called a plate.  The plate is coated with an acid resistance substance, usually a form of wax, referred to as the ground.  A design or image is drawn through the ground with a stylus or pencil exposing the metal where the marks are made.  The plate is then put into an acid bath and the acid incises lines and depressions wherever the metal is exposed to the acid.

Here is an example:

Boatbuilders, Venice, published by The Fine Art Society, Tld.

Boatbuilders, Venice, published by The Fine Art Society, Ltd.

First, imagine this as a blank sheet of metal that is covered with a wax which protects the metal.  Next, the artist makes a drawing through the wax exposing the plate.  Everywhere there is a line or mark in this etching it was drawn through the ground.  Then the plate is immersed in the acid.  The acid eats away at the plate everywhere there is a mark or line.

The key to an etching is the control of the darks and lights, the values.  After being in the acid bath a short time, the plate is removed and washed, stopping the acid corrosion.  The areas that the artist wants to remain light are coated with an acid resist and the plate is returned to the acid bath.  This process is repeated.  The areas to stay less dark are sealed from the acid.  Over a series of acid baths, the artist is able to achieve a range of darks and lights.

Once the plate is developed to the point the artist desires, it is cleaned.  All the ground is removed exposing the bare metal plate which now has lines and depressions incised into it.  The plate is inked, covered with a viscous ink.  The plate is then wiped, usually by hand, removing the ink from the surface.  The ink will remain in the crevices and depressions.  A sheet of paper is laid covering the plate and a series of blankets are laid over the plate and the paper.  This assemblage is then rolled through the etching press under high pressure which forces the paper into the lines and depressions on the plate, thus transferring a mirror image of the plate to the paper.

St Peter's of the Exchange, Genoa, published by the Fine Art Society, Ltd

St Peter’s of the Exchange, Genoa, published by The Fine Art Society, Ltd

Here is another example, a wonderful mastery of light and dark.  Etching are painterly.

When I was in college, I  took a semester of etching and loved it.  Unfortunately, all of my work was stolen, mine and that of several other students, from the instructors office at grading time.  Because of the chemicals and other special equipment needed, I never got back to it.

I do have a couple of “proofs” remaining.  This is a whimsical fantasy (remember I was a kid)

The Castle and the Navy

The Castle and the Navy

And then my self-portrait using aquatint.

Self Portrait with Cigar

Self Portrait with Cigar

More to come.

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Dominoes Revisited

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Today we are going to Muse about Dominoes, not the pizza, the game.  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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I like games.  How about you?

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I’ve taken dominoes with me many times when I have travelled.  Easy to pack.  Fun to play.  Someone asked me about them recently.  Said she had never played them.  Got me thinking.  I have written about them before and I guess I will do so again.

Have you ever noticed a group of people, often old guys, huddled around a table in the park or in a café playing some game with tiles?  Probably Dominoes.  It’s a great game and can be played almost any where.

There are many different versions.  I thought I would tell you about the one I play.  You might like it.

Domino set

Domino set

I play Double Sixes with two or three players, Double Nines or Double Twelves if there are more players.

Bones

The game has tiles, called bones  Each is divided in half  and marked with spots. In Double Sixes each half can have as few as no spots and as many as six spots.   In Double Nines or Double Twelves the halves can have as many as nine or twelve spots.

Domino tiles

Domino tiles

Here you see the full range of tiles. As you can see there is a blank-blank, a blank/1, a blank/2, a blank/3 and so on.  Then there is a 1/1, a 1/2, a 1/3 and so and the progression is repeated through each number.  There is only one tile for each combination.

Doublets

These are the doublets.  Each number has one doublet:  double blanks, double ones, double twos and so on.  The first doublet played in a round is called the spinner and has special qualities which I will explain later.

Domino Doubles

Domino Doubles

The object of the game

The object of the game is to be the first player to  score an agreed upon number of points.  This will take a number of turns most likely.  I normally play to 250 points.

The Play

At the beginning of play all the tiles are placed face down and mixed up.

Dominos face down

Dominoes face down

Choosing who goes first

Before the start of the game, each player then chooses a bone and the one that has the most spots plays first, in the case below, the 6/2.  After the first round is played, in each subsequent round the player to the left of the player who started the previous round will start the play.

Dominos choosing who starts

Dominoes choosing who starts

The draw

The chosen tiles are placed back on the table face down and again mixed up.  The player who is to play first then picks seven tiles being careful to not let the other players see what they are. In a clockwise manner the next player chooses seven tiles, and then the next, until all players have seven tiles.  Each person keeps his tiles so his opponents cannot see them.

The remaining tiles are left face down and are referred to as the boneyard.

The play

The first player then lays a bone face up on the board.  It can be any bone.

Dominos first play

Dominoes first play

Scoring points

Points are scored if, when adding the spots on the ends of the domino chain, the total is some multiple of the number five.  If it totals five spots,  you get five points; if it totals ten spots, you get ten points; fifteen spots, 15 points and so on.  The ends of this one tile “chain”,   0 +4.  add up to 4 which is not a multiple of five.  No points are scored.

If the first player had put down a 0/5, 1/4, 2/3, 5/5 or 4/6 the tiles would have added up to a multiple of five: five, five, five, ten and ten .  He would score whichever multiple of five his spots totaled.

The second player must now lay a tile.  One end of the tile he plays must match an exposed end of the domino chain on the board.  In this case he must have a tile with a blank or a four.  The number of spots on half of the tile must match the number on half of the tile already in play.

If he does not have a matching tile to play, he draws a tile from the boneyard.  If the tile drawn does not match the exposed end of the chain, he draws another tile and he continues to draw tiles until he has a match that he can play.

But, for illustration, let’s say he has a playable tile, a six/blank.

Dominos second play

Dominoes second play

Here the blank end is matched to the blank end of the already played tile.  The exposed ends of the chain are totaled: six+ four for ten spots, a multiple of five and the player scores ten points.

The next player must play a tile that matches, in this case one that has a four or a six.  If he doesn’t have one, he draws from the boneyard until he has one or until all  the tiles in the boneyard have been picked.

Doublets

Dominos spinner third play

Dominoes spinner third play

In this case he had a 6/6,  the Double Six.   Being a “doublet”, it is placed crosswise on the chain and both halves are counted in the scoring.  So we have six + six + four for a total of sixteen.  No score!  Not a multiple of five.  Any subsequent doublet played later is also placed crosswise and both halves are counted when tallying the score.

The Spinner

 The first doublet played in a round is called the spinner and may be played off in all directions.  If you have many of a given number, a doublet of that number being the spinner can be of great advantage.

In this next play, the player lays down the Double Four.  This also is a doublet.  Both halves are counted in the scoring, but it is not the spinner.  It may not be played off in all directions. Only the first doublet played in a round is the spinner. But look at the score: six + six + four + four equals 20 points.  Pretty nice!

Dominos fourth play

Boneyard

The next player must have a tile with a six or a four on it to play.  Those are the only exposed ends.  If the player does not have a number that matches an exposed end of the chain, in this case a four or a six, he must draw tiles from the boneyard until he has one.  In some cases this means the person must draw many, perhaps all, of the bones in the boneyard.  This works against you.

However, in this example the next player had a tile to play, a 4/6..

Playing off the double

Playing off the double

Notice it can be played at either end of the chain.  It is both a four and a six.  Here the player chose to play it as a six.  That removed the score of the spinner.  This round would be scored:  four + four + four for a total of twelve.  No points.  The double six is not counted once it is played off.  With a spinner or other doublet, the first tile played on it must be played in the line of the chain, not off the ends.

Playing off the Spinner

The next player can play a four or a six, even though the ends of the chain only have 4s.  Why a six?  Because the double six is the spinner which means it can be played in all directions.

Dominos playing off the spinner

Dominoes playing off the spinner

So this player places a 3/6 on the spinner and starts a new branch of the chain.  Great play!  All the exposed halves, those of the original chain and that of the new chain,  are scored: four + three + four + four for a total of fifteen points.

Play continues clockwise round by round until a player is out of tiles or until no one is able to play a tile.  If the player cannot play because he does not have a tile matching the exposed ends of the chain, he draws from the boneyard until he gets one.  If the boneyard is exhausted and he still cannot play, he passes his turn and the next person plays.

Occasionally noöne can play.  This can happen when opposing players each have a doublet in their hand but the other tiles of that number have been played, freezing out the doublet. In that instance the hand ends and no one gets the points remaining in the hands.

Going Out

The round ends when a player plays his last tile, and is said to have “gone out”.  When the round ends the player who went out, gets the total points ( to the nearest 5 ) created by adding up the remaining tiles in the opponents’ hand(s).  This can be more than the points scored during the play!

Next round

At the end of a round, the tiles are again placed face down, mixed around and the player to the left (clockwise) of the starting player of the previous round draws seven tiles and the process is repeated.

The game ends at the end of a round in which some agreed upon level of points has been reached.  The player with the most points at the end of the round is the winner.  I play to 250 points, but I imagine others play to other levels.

Dominoes is easy to play, social, quick and it travels well.  If you haven’t tried it, why not?

More to come.

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