Friday, October 12, 2018

oh my that's a big bear

No, not a bear rug but a big bear on a rug. The bear took up most of the room.

bear on rug

After a confusing descent involving staircases and elevators, we traveled deep into the lobby of a Grand Rapids MI hotel and were shocked by this sleeping giant. Upon close examination I suspect this bear was resting after a extensive pedicure.

We recently made a road trip to Grand Rapids to see Art Prize. Grand Rapids has presented 10 of these public art events. This was the third Art Prize I've had the fun of checking out.
I guess you could call it BIG art.

(interested? here's a link to the Art Prize web site

More hotel wildlife

He'll need a special size bed

city jungle attention grabber

Nice weather but she looks frozen

tough day at the park

this spot was buggy

rising recycling

One of the top prizes was awarded to "The String Project". I don't have any pictures of it. The project's many photos fill a website. To better explain I copied this from their about page:

"THE STRING PROJECT” began in January 2018 and features photographs from around the world. Their focus has been on creating a project that connects the viewer to the image in a more tangible way, bringing the photograph to life. In “THE STRING PROJECT” all of the people hold the same string, "a visible representation symbolizing an invisible connection."

Their website

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Some words have extra connotations. For example, doesn't "climbing" bring to mind going upward?

Climbing up a career ladder is a common expression. I climbed one until it was missing a few rungs. My fall was unexpected. Now I'm climbing down my retirement ladder.

Stairway to Parking

That above photo was taken about halfway on this stairway to parking. The place is Matthiessen State Park here in Illinois. My wife actually counted the step total, 112. I was too tired to count anything past two, two sore legs.

It's a nice park offering an interesting and beautiful hike. The hike includes more stairs to climb up or down. An even nicer park is nearby Starved Rock State Park. We had lunch over there.

The next photo was taken by a friend at a place where a group of us have gotten together for conversation and beer. One guy in the group owns a motorcycle but didn't drive to the place. I don't know the story of this girl's bike but suspect it might have been part of someone's joke.

We met up there again last night but probably will not meet there again. We wanted separate checks. Had an issue with that at a previous get-together there. One friend talked to the manager when he arrived and was reassured the separate check thing was not a problem. We mentioned it to the waitress from the start. We still had an issue. Also, adding to our dissatisfaction was the Wednesday special price not being reflected on the pasta dishes. I completely understand mistakes. I don't understand failing to correct the mistake.  

Hanging out with the wrong crowd

Thoughtful leftovers:

When we grow older time outs are not punishment but enjoyment.

Unsolved mysteries - the more I learn the less I know.

The sight of her first strands of grey hair was shock. She thought she'd dye.

Don't tell secrets in a cornfield, too many ears.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

not much here how about you?

You don't need to be directly involved in a disaster to be affected by it. I suspect most parents would understand my statement. If a disaster affects a child of yours then that disaster affects you.

Florence over stayed her visit to NC and SC recently. I found myself watching local news reports as it slowly unfolded.

All my family members living in those now very wet states are fine. Frustrated by the clean-up and disruption but fine.

I spent some time worrying about it. Thankfully it was not as bad as the possibilities that had crossed my mind.  

I didn't lose my head over it

While roads were being washed out, rivers over flowing and trees falling there, the weather around here was pleasant. We even spent an afternoon picking some apples.

more than enough to pick on this tree

Some years ago I posted a clip of the muppets singing my favorite Queen song. I enjoyed this one just as much. I've read it was a big hit in the UK.

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