Monday, November 30, 2009
I could not help but wonder what made this building, not much to look at and all the grafitti, at the corner of Utrecht Avenue & 48th Street, being such a "Rare Offering" as advertised. I wish whoever decides to open a business there will find success, thus proving that the American entrepreneurship is still alive and well in the good USA!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"During the late 1800s and early 1900s Webb City was part of the "Tri-State Mining District" at the time the world's largest and most productive lead and zinc mining field. The area remains surrounded by chat piles that are used primarily in road-building." Wikipedia.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Bottom sculpture - Abstract Variation No. 3 1976 - Painted steel.
According to the Park's website, "In the mid-1970s, Ernest Trova, banker and arts patron Adam Aronson and County Parks Director Wayne Kennedy conceived the idea of an open-air art museum of contemporary sculpture. Trova donated 40 works to begin the collection in 1975, many of which can be seen within Laumeier Sculpture Park today. Without the foresight of our founders and the generosity of Ernest Trova, St. Louis would be without the unique experience that Laumeier provides."
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The good, green earth beneath our feet,
The air we breathe, the food we eat,
Some work to do, a goal to win,
A hidden longing deep within
That spurs us on to bigger things
And helps us meet what each day brings,
All these things and many more
Are things we should be thankful for . . .
And most of all our thankful prayers
Should rise to God because He cares!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Walking around Wall Street area, I saw this sign "5 Barbers - No Waiting - You Tried the Rest Now Try The Best", I immediately thought of Floyd the Barber from the Andy Griffith Show. In the episode "The Bookie Barber", Floyd was excited that his barbershop would be known as a two-chair barbershop, no waiting. Turned out Floyd was tricked by the other barber using his shop as a front for an illegal booking (off track betting) operation.
I did not go into the barbershop (actually I think the people in the shop gave me the dirty look that said, "Damned tourists, taking pictures of everything. Leave us alone!"), so I could not tell whether this 5 Barbers shop got enough magazines to swing it! (For non-Mayberry fans, this is Floyd's all time classic line "Uh-huh - and I got enough magazines to swing it" when Andy talked about putting up a sign in the window "Two Chair Shop - No Waiting.")
Sunday, November 22, 2009
7 more posts to your 500th - what are you waiting for? BTW, did you notice that I posted over 200 posts in 2009, the most since I started in 2006? Look who is the slow poke now - haa haa!
PS: Nice photos gallery of your first Mac.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here is what Wikipedia has on the famous visit to St. Charles by Lewis and Clark "William Clark arrived in St. Charles on May 16, 1804. With him were 40 men and three boats; there they made final preparations, as they waited for Meriwether Lewis to arrive from St. Louis. They attended dances, dinners, and a church service during this time, and the excited town was very hospitable to the explorers. Lewis arrived via St. Charles Rock Road on May 20, and the expedition launched the next day in a keelboat at 3:30 pm. St. Charles was the last established American town they would visit for more than two and a half years."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I tried to stay away from fast food or expensive lunch. I did not want to eat by myself, even if I brought a book with me, it is 2009, yet for a woman sitting in a restaurant by herself still subjected to a few stares!
So what was the solution? A Chinese take-out lunch menu with more than 20 different dishes that include fried rice, no extra charge for steamed rice, crab rangoon or egg-roll, or soup for only $4.45, all inclusive.
Monday, November 16, 2009
With all the neon signs such as Bud Light, Heineken, Guinness and the bright green Rolling Rock sign, there would not be any need for the large white paint "BAR" on the awning. I am sure no one would make the mistake of walking in this place and asking for a scoop of almond chocolate ice cream! Photo taken last May, somewhere near Wall Street area in New York City.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here is what I found from Wikipedia "Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on Friday, which superstition holds to be a day of good or bad luck. In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. In 2009 this applies to the months of February, March, and November. The next year to have three Friday the 13th dates will be 2012."
This is kind of interesting since there has been so much talk about the year of 2012 that this will be the end of the world. I would not want to know whether this is true because hopefully by 2012, I should accomplish my lifetime goals of seeing all the NHL Original Six home games (I would not mind seeing a Canadian team, either Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup before the earth or the ice rinks crashing down) and perhaps going to a Superbowl game again to see my beloved New England Patriots win another championship. So if 2012 is the end of the world, so be it!
"The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή) (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς) (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (φοβία) (meaning fear). The term triskaidekaphobia derives from the Greek words "tris", meaning 'three', "kai", meaning 'and', and "deka", meaning 'ten'. the whole word means three and ten. The word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953." these words of wisdom according to Wikipedia.
I did not take any photos of cats, so I post the above sculpture "Ricardo Cat" by Niki de Saint Phalle, a French artist. It is on display at Laumeier Sculpture Park.
Below is a photo of my shadow on a giant red ball in front of a store. I remember when I was a kid in Viet Nam, we were told by the adults that we should not play with our shadows like making gestures or making shadow animals with our fingers because we would have nightmares such as being chased by ghosts or monsters pulling us down into the abyss!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
This 66 Drive In was closed when we got to Carthage, Missouri on Sunday, October 25th. We were still able to take a lot of nice photos, of course with the T-bird. I walked up as close to the gate as possible to have a look inside and saw the friendly warning sign.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I spent the morning at various parks looking for more sculptures. I was at the library in the afternoon getting a few more books on Route 66 and on the history of the Dust Bowl. Later in the evening, we went to a Hot Air Balloon Glow at Route 66 State Park. It was a great experience and I had a good time taking photos.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Here is Perkins' bio as listed in the Wild Kingdom website, "Perkins began his zoo career in 1926, literally working from the ground up with the St. Louis Zoological Gardens. He was put to work on the Zoo's laborer crew, where he helped maintain the Zoo grounds. Perkins quickly rose through the Zoo's ranks, becoming curator of reptiles in 1928. In 1944, following seven years as curator of the New York Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y., Perkins was appointed director of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Under Perkins' direction, the Zoo became internationally known, in part from the Zoo Parade television series, which ran on NBC from 1949-1957.
Perkins' career came full circle in 1962, when he returned to the St. Louis Zoo as its director. He became director emeritus of the Zoo in 1970. It was during Perkins' tenure with the St. Louis Zoo that he, along with producer Don Meier, began work on an idea for a new television program. Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" debuted on January 6, 1963, and was in original production for 27 years."
What an interesting life Mr. Perkins had - I sure will think of him whenever I visit St. Louis Zoo.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Since this morning, whenever someone asks me how I am, I have been giving the same response, "I am in 27th Heaven" - haa haa. Congratulations to my American hometown team, the New York Yankees on winning the 27th World Series Championship. A few "losers" at my office bitterly commented that the championship was bought, to them I say, "Get over it. Other teams would do the same if they have the money to sign players that would bring victory. And players want to go where there is opportunity to win the championship." I don't have feather or macaroni on my hat, but I have been driving around town with a NY Yankees cap on my dashboard. Here is to my New York Yankees for a great season and a job well done!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Soon it will be summer again when travelers from near and far, around the world will come back to seek the romance, to re-create the culture of freedom driving on America's Mother Road and to experience the glory of what once was Americana.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
On Thursday, October 22nd we drove west on I-44 from St. Louis to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The trip took about 9 hours including stops at rest areas and a quick lunch. After checking into a hotel in Bricktown District, downtown of OKC, we walked to Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse for dinner. The entrees were pricey and not much to write about. The next morning, we walked around the District, took a photo below of Mantle statue in front of AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. I am impressed with the development of Bricktown, many fine restaurants, a ballpark, Ford Center, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder- NBA team, a mile-long canal, variety of shops, all within walking distance from many well-established hotels.