Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Queen Mum

This is a new perspective.

And the diamonds are pretty spectacular, too!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Those Were Fun Times!

Please take 4 minutes and enjoy the charms of Don Rickles, Ronald Reagan, Dean Martin, Jack Benny, and, in absentia, Jess Unruh:

Compared to politics this year, the 1970's look pretty good.

View From The Kitchen Window!!!

This should be fun! There's a large, strong storm coming up from the Tropics and ready to hit all of California. Predictions are for strong winds, many inches of rain, and heavy snow in the mountains. The Grapevine down South has been closed for two days already.

Hang on!

(illustration courtesy of J.M.W.Turner)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Another Trip From East To West Coast

This is impressively done:

USMC Silent Drill Platoon

Saturday, January 19, 2008

January 21, 1872

On this date, George Clarke Sellery was born. Academician, scholar, author, administrator, George Sellery was acting President of the University of Wisconsin/Madison from 1937 to 1945, and wrote scholarly works about the Renaissance, and the treatment of captured folks by the Germans, after WWI. Interestingly, two of his daughters married Germans. Oh, well...

He married Mabel, and they had 5 children. For the family, he worked with a local architect to design and build a large-enough house at 2021 Van Hise Avenue, close to the university. He was especially proud of the fact that each bedroom had its own washbasin.

That bay window on the right contained a delightful window seat, where I often took afternoon naps. Behind the house, at the back property line, stood a magnificent blue spruce tree.

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

UPDATE: I forgot The Pipe! (This was a tobacco-loving generation, after all.) Grandpa always had a pipe, the aroma was delightful, and it permeated the house. I really miss the smell of that pipe!

Monday, January 14, 2008

New Veterinary Instruments!

No need for an x-ray machine anymore.

Ain't 21st-Century science wonderful?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Hate California . . .

. . . it's cold and it's damp.

These two classic singers are really very good!