A little of this and a little of that

It looks like a piece of history
It looks like a piece of history

I took this picture yesterday morning. With the car windows rolled up, and the heater on, it felt like spring. The sun was bright, and the sky was clear. It was beautiful, so I went for a short drive in the country. This is the first photo I took yesterday, and I like it the best.

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I have to say that I was impressed with IU’s victory over Temple this afternoon in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. I was disheartened when IU fell behind at the end of the first half, but I didn’t give up hope, and obviously the team didn’t either. It was a long slog, but they finally overcame at the end. I am truly proud of that team.

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Today’s tip: Remember to trim your mustache before you don your black V-neck sweater. 

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I jotted down a quote from the episode of The West Wing that I watched Saturday morning, but now I’m trying to remember the context. I think I’ve watched too much basketball since then. Anyway, the quote is, “Modern history is another name for television.” Wait…wait…that was President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) trying to convince Charlie (Dulé Hill) that he should be studying ancient western history rather than modern history. That sounds like an idea I might try to foist off on my grandchildren. Actually, though, I think there is merit in studying both.

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I like the sound of the word bloviate. It pushes its way out of your mouth to expand into the entirety of your personal space. At least that’s how I see it. When I did a quick google on the word, I was happy to learn that the Urban Dictionary links it to President Warren Harding who, I read, used it frequently. Then they go on to quote H.L. Mencken, and I like the quote so much that I’m supplying the link to that page: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bloviate. Look it up. You’ll be glad you did, and might even become a better person for it.

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…and, I’m back

The dam at Standing Stone State Park, Tennessee, June 1983
The dam at Standing Stone State Park, Tennessee, June 1983

I came across this park in Tennessee on my way back to Indiana after visiting the Warburtons in Hendersonville, Tennessee. I used to make that trek down and back fairly often. Now it has been decades since I’ve seen them. Where does the time go, and how did we fall out of touch?

If my memory is correct, I left this park through a gate on the north side of it, and stayed on the two lane paved road heading north. When I got to the Kentucky state line the road went from paved to unpaved, and continued on that way for some miles. But it has been almost thirty years, and my memory isn’t what it used to be.

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Taking a break from posting to Classical Gasbag has been good for me. Setting new guidelines for myself has lessened the (largely unwarranted) fear of setting at the keyboard and having no words to enter. I have notes for a few new posts, so I won’t be making it up as I go quite so often.

I also like the prospect of digging through albums and boxes of old photos to find pictures to post. I did make th mistake of taking out two albums this morning, and realizing two things: 1) I to label when and where I took all of the  photos, only a portion of them. And, 2) I gave myself too many good shots to choose from today. From now on I think I’ll take a page from an album at random, and choose the picture that I like best on that day. I just hope I’ll be able to remember where I took the picture, if not when.

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Finally, today is Super Bowl Sunday, and since I’m not a football fan, I’ll be staying away from television broadcasts until after the game. I guess I’ll just sit and reflect on the wonderfulness that is the IU men’s basketball team. This past week has been fine. First, on Wednesday, they gave Purdue a drubbing that made all IU alumni smile, and then last night they defeated the number 1 ranked Michigan by taking an early lead and never losing it. Oh, it is good!

Day 364

The highlight of my day
The highlight of my day

The game between IU and Michigan State today was an exciting one. While I enjoy watching exciting games, I’m ready for IU to run away from a team and to keep the lead. Though at the rate they are going in the Big Ten, I will age five years before the end of the season.

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I ended yesterday’s post early so that I could watch a couple of movies, and I’m glad that I did. First I watched Captain Blood with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. It is one of my favorite movies and I watch it about once every year. There is something about the black and white movies from the thirties and early forties that I find wonderful. Maybe it is because I saw so many of them on television when I was growing up, maybe it is because so many of them are wonderful. Directors could get away with things in black and white that wouldn’t go over as well in color. For instance, some of the stylized sets that are in Captain Blood, wouldn’t look as good in color. The lighting of the sets was also extraordinary.

Before I leave Captain Blood I have to say how much I love the interaction of Flynn and de Havilland. They seem like the perfect match, not only in this film, but also The Adventures of Robin Hood and Dodge City. Those aren’t the only films they were in together, but they are the ones I remember best.

After watching Captain Blood I watch The Cincinnati Kid starring Steve McQueen. That movie was released the year I graduated from high school and started college. I know that I saw it in the theater, but I don’t remember which theater or who I went with. I probably only had eyes for Tuesday Weld and Ann Margaret that first time. I’ve seen the movie a couple of times since then, but it has obviously been a long time since my last viewing because I surprised last night at some of the things that I had forgotten. One thing that I had forgotten was that Ray Charles sang the title song. I had also forgotten that Lalo Schifrin had written the music. Slade, played by Rip Torn, was a cast member who I had forgotten (he looks so young!). One thing I did remember, and I watched for it, was when McQueen’s character throws Karl Malden’s character back against a door and the whole prop wall shook like it was about to collapse. It’s strange, the things you remember.

Day 353

The (overflowing) banks of the Wabash
The (overflowing) banks of the Wabash

If it were a little warmer it would seem like early spring. The sunshine is enough to drive away any low spirits.

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The IU game last night was exciting. Both IU and Wisconsin played good defense. Wisconsin’s defense was better, however, as the final score showed. Not every team that comes to Assembly Hall will do that well, but I hope it is a wake up call to the IU team that just because they are at home, they can coast. They can’t in the Big Ten. The game also shows how balanced the Big Ten is again this year. OK, I’m ready for the game Sunday at Northwestern.

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Maybe it’s because the game was televised by ESPN instead of BTN, but there was no shot of John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan. Every time I see her in the stands in Bloomington it makes me think of her former husband, Dennis Quaid, and his role in Breaking Away back in 1979. That was the first film that I saw him in. When I was a student on campus we didn’t call the locals “cutters,” we called them “stoney’s.” Despite messing up the geography of campus, it was, and is, a really good movie.

Oh, and I missed Quaid last night in Vegas because I was watching the game. Cindy told me this morning that it was good. Maybe I can see it on demand tonight or tomorrow.

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I was having trouble with the PC earlier today. It froze up while copying a cd. I tried a soft boot, but that didn’t work so I did a hard boot get out of the program. Then I couldn’t restart windows, getting a message that one of the programs in startup was corrupted and needed to be removed. So I started windows in Safe Mode, which worked, and removed the latest version of Adobe. That worked, and you can tell, because here I am. I’m sure that I’ll soon be notified that I need to update Adobe. We’ll see.

Day 349

The Stockwell Market
The Stockwell Market

It felt like spring when I went out this morning. Since I had gas in the car I drove down to Stockwell looking for a photo. I chose this one from five or six good pictures that I took this morning. I should put together a gallery of my second choice shots at some point.

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I just finished watching the IU/Minnesota game. IU dominated the first half, and Minnesota came on very strong in the second half. It was an exciting game. After the first five minutes I never felt like IU would lose, but there were some anxious moments at the end of the game. The next two months are going to be filled with excitement.

Of course it wouldn’t be an IU home game without the mandatory shot of Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp sitting together at the game. Ms. Ryan looks as if she has had one too many cosmetic surgeries, but maybe it is her makeup and the TV camera. She is still very pretty.

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Following up on my comment about auto correct the other day: This morning I went to a Spanish to English translator on my smart phone (smart, HA!) and typed in ‘Buenos,’ as in Buenos Aires. The phone thought it was doing me a favor and changed ‘Buenos’ to ‘Hyenas’. Once again I ask, “Who programmed the auto correct?”

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This past summer and autumn the majority of the finches that have come to out feeder were gold finches. Lately, however, we have been seeing more house finches. The males have the distinctive red hue on the their head and breast. I was watching them this morning,and while there would be two or three finches on the feeder, there would be at least two mourning doves on the ground below getting the cast-offs. (I couldn’t decide if I should put the word “picking,’ or ‘pecking.”) Watching the birds is a relaxing event.

Day 342

Where do you lead, little lane?
Where do you lead, little lane?

If there wasn’t a (closed) gate, I might still be driving around down there to see what might be photographical (That’s a word, right? I believe the lyric of My Funny Valentine has the word non-photographical.) Alas, the road is closed off to the public.

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I spent part of the afternoon watching Big 10 basketball. First there was the Michigan State/Purdue game, and then I saw the first half of the Ohio State/Illinois game. I haven’t heard yet who won that game, but I have to say that I was impressed with Illinois. I’m not looking forward to when IU plays in Illinois.

You may think that photographical is not a word, but I’m pretty sure that the color commentator on the OU/Illinois game made up a word when he said that a player made a strategical pass. I’ll cut him some slack for trying to sound intelligent. He didn’t go to IU, he went to Ohio State.

The other thing from the game that stands out in my mind is that one of the Ohio State players was wearing a basketball sleeve, also known as a shooter sleeve. The odd thing was that he was wearing it on his right arm, but he was shooting left-handed. I know that there is no rule that says you have to wear your shooting sleeve on you non-shooting arm, but why wear it at all…unless you are making a fashion statement.

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I have to mention one of Flo’s (Cindy’s mother) idiosyncrasies. She has a tendency to offer up a malapropism when least expected, and when it is pointed out to her, she disregards your comment and repeats it. When she asks Cindy to buy her something to help control an itch, instead of asking for “Gold Bond,” she asks for “Ward Bond.” Ward could probably help with an itch that she has, except that he died in 1960. No itch relief there.