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Archive for July, 2011

Michael Contemplates the Jukebox

Still in the COSI Progress exhibit.  Last week we had a nice day trip to downtown Columbus, driving around the city to check out Laura and James wedding venue, reception and the hotel where we’ll be staying.  When we went through the Columbus Science and Industry center the kids showed me their favorite room.  There is a vintage soda fountain and in one corner the jukebox and the other corner a pinball machine which you can play if you have a dime.

Actual VINYL plays inside this gem of a coin-operated jukebox Seems everything is moving to a digital file.  Records, 8-tracks. cassette, CDs.

He was taking it all in......


Old School Metal Ice Cube Tray

Do you remember metal ice cube trays? There was a certain sound of the metal and the hinge. The ice clinking out into a tall glass. You could pinch your skin real easily. That’s what I remember.

This one’s on display at COSI(Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus OH where there is a  whole section called PROGRESS. You walk through the different decades of technological and electrical and societal developments.

The kids love to crank the old fashioned telephone and there is a juke box and pinball machine. They are housed in a soda fountain.  There’s a horse drawn buggy next to a VW bug.  You can look through an antique camera and use a switchboard to connect phone calls. There is a television studio and items from the Space Age.

It is hot and humid here in Pittsburgh.

I was looking for a photo that looked cool.   It looks like someone left the freezer open and everything melted.


City Bridge in a Bike Trail Mirror Along the Monongahela

 Along the Monongahela River  Pittsburgh PA

There was a photo in the paper of the laser lights projecting on a downtown building last night.  They’re filming BATMAN downtown and there was the Bat Signal.  Unfortunately, I did not get down there to capture the scene.  So I looked through the recent photos as I wanted to change it up from the themes of late and I  always return to the city views.  They are so varied.

It’s almost midnight and I am still thinking about the Bat Signal on the Highmark Building and wondering if it is still there. Should I get in the car and drive downtown to see?  Christian Bale coming to town, Big News Big Movie.  Good for Pittsburgh all around.

here is my simple offering of the city bridge reflected in a mirror along the Bike Trail.


Summer Salad Lunch- Spinach, Raspberries, Gorgonzola, Pine Nuts and Red Onion

What else can I say?  It was fresh and delicious and the berries, cheese and nuts were a wonderful combination.  Pine nuts are so pricey these days.

At the Italian store today pine nuts were $19.95 a pound!

We drove over to Labriola’s on Freeport Road and I bought some provisions for supper on the front porch for another friend. Romano chicken, tomato/fresh mozzarella salad, lettuce, Vietnamese Spring Rolls from Tram’s on Penn (Thanks Steve) with a peanut or chili sauce on the side, and Breadworks Rustic Italian bread and Sour Cherry Pie from Patty’s Farm Market for dessert.  That’s the stand where I bought a dozen or more pies when Mark and Erika got married 9 years ago and I had the rehearsal dinner in the backyard.

My friend R and I caught up over a refreshing lunch outside the Phipps Conservatory.  Lemonade to drink.

After lunch there was a Farmer’s Market on the front lawn and there were some incredibly pushy customers that surprised me.  I guess if there are only 8 boxes of blueberries, you have to get right in there and grab them or they are GONE! There were lovely organic beets and garlic scrapes and blackberries and tomatoes.  Basil and dill scented the air of one table as I waited my turn.  R bought some ripe peaches to make peach ice cream. I used to make a peach ice cream out of Joy of Cooking when I was married in ’74 as my SIL gave us a fancy ice cream maker ( it needed rock salt!) and was electric.  If you need some ice cream recipes here is a link I found.  I should go downstairs and retrieve the Joy of Cooking recipe.


A Cooler, Zip-Loc Bag or Blow Dryer Are Supposed to Solve This Problem

Lens fog!  You may have experienced it.  It’s cool inside in the AC ( at M and E’s house, not mine!) and then I’d go outside to snap Jack coming home from his first swim across the length of the pool- LENS FOG!!!  Maura in her car seat looking dear in her new flower headband- LENS FOG!  We got out of the air conditioned van and the kids were patient with me as I suggested a photo of going to Day Camp.  I had been doing pretty well on the vacation with the candid shots but they cooperated as I wanted to document the scene.<a href=”http://www.blogcatalog.com”>BlogCatalog</a&gt;
They got on the wall, and I shot the picture after wiping the lens with a microfiber cloth and the same result- LENS FOG!  I went online and read suggestions how to combat this issue and the putting the camera into a cooler or a thick Zip-Loc bag or using a blow dryer to warm it up first were some of the suggestions.

The family greets Jack as he arrives home with his white ribbon for swimming the pool length for the first time.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

As part of the WordPress postaday 2011 challenge (I am a participant) there’s the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  I have read the emails with the themes of the week and thought about them but haven’t posted to one before today.   This week the theme is COLORFUL. Most of my photos of the day are in real time and what I encounter as I go about my daily routine.  I did a stretch of iPhone photography when it was difficult to wield the heavy camera and lens and I have posted from the archives but most photos are from the day itself or a day or two on either side. I guess some are after the fact.

Some readers love the city views, others enjoy the  food shots, the varied locations, others get a kick out of the dogs and the family shots and catching the action during movement. Others like architectural details.   You know how I am attracted to all things nostalgic and also what people put in the trash- the pink toilet shot, the console televisions, the aquarium.  I started the People at Work series and am always trying to improve my portrait photography. I enjoy hearing from readers who tell me they saw something and I came to mind and if I were there I would have photographed it!  Sometimes friends send a photo on the phone to show me. I haven’t run out of things to notice and shoot-

but today it’s a simple red pick-up truck parked behind a house on a clear blue sky day!

Some of the past themes of the WordPress Challengeshadow, one, old fashioned, light, hot, sky, water, Spring, boundaries, refreshing…… Not sure why I haven’t shot and posted to the weekly challenge before but here’s my first response to Colorful.

What I liked about the photo is the tension of the parked truck behind the back of the house.  I didn’t see a cement block or a guard rail to stop the truck from going over the hill.   Pittsburgh topography; hills and valleys, rivers and steep streets, stairs for sidewalks.  You’ve seen these features in many of my city photographs.

Pittsburgh topography illustrated

Red truck, gold house, burnt orange roof, blue sky, green grass= COLORFUL!


Queen Victoria, Sir Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and Lord Byron on my Front Porch Sunday Afternoon

 

We had a good lunch together before the family had to drive back to Ohio.   Anna found the stack of National Portrait Gallery of London masks on the desk in the hall.

Amazing how paper masks change everyone’s look!  The masks are printed in England but I bought them through a catalog for a project I had in mind but ended up using a different set.


Olive Oil, Apple Juice and Tiki Torch Fuel Still Life

All three of these containers are in the garage on shelves and the Tiki Torch Fuel is in a high cupboard but this is the type of thing that makes me worry.  That one could be mistaken for another.  The nutritional information is a clue for the one bottle and I wish I didn’t worry so  much.

Photographed these three lined up with the late afternoon sun streaming into the garage. I guess this post could be like those public service commercials, creating awareness.

Similar packaging, two edible. One poison.


Women Walking Into Work


Two Riding Toys -Three Kids

Last day for grandchildren post. Michael found the solution.  


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