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The Big Lebowski Inspired Hostess Gift

This is Julia.

She went to Marquette with my son Mark in the mid-nineties.

Coincidentally, Mark and Julia saw each other years later at an Ohio swim meet where their daughters were swimming.

Sunday evening Julia and Rick and their family came over to Mark and Erika’s home for hamburgers on the grill.

Each family has four kids so they were laughing about meeting Freshman year, whoever thought they’d be eating together with their four kids apiece.


Wine Charms Lebowski


Julia brought these Wine Charms that spelled out LEBOWSKI as she’d seen some of Mark’s photos of the 13th Annual Lebowski fest he had just attended with my first cousin Jim.

She makes all different kinds of charms and you can check out her Charms Kool Page

LEBOWSKI  wine charms


Photographed by Mark




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Mark in Louisville at the  13th Annual Big Lebowski Festival



Best Group Costumes- The EaglesScreen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.05.57 PM


Photos by Mark


Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.07.23 PMCostume winners photographed by Mark





Donny’s Ashes Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.18.20 PM

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Cousin Jim on the right and Liam O’Brien in Middle.   John is on the left/ photographed by Mark


Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

If you follow the blog, you know that Laura and Mary and I went to Punxsutawney PA February 2nd to see Phil the Groundhog predict six more weeks of winter!

Groundhog Day has always been a favorite holiday in my family.  The celebration breaks up the winter and dreary February days.

It’s a holiday where no cards or gifts are necessary.

Last week on Spring Break, Mary and I took a short (12 mile) side trip to Woodstock Illinois where they filmed the movie Groundhog Day in 1993.

We drove around a bit, walked around the town square  and had a nice coffee (see below). Mary is back in New York City and I am back in Pittsburgh now but wanted to share our quick visit to the scene of Groundhog Day movie, Woodstock, Illinois.

Bed and Breakfast Woodstock IL




the town square



Town Square

The Opera House served as the Pennsylvania Hotel in the movie

Pennsylvania Hotel





Tip Top CafeTip Top Cafe is now  a Mexican Restaurant


Groundhog Days are celebrated in February!

Groundhog Days





Ned's Corner

Elgin Watches



Mary found this place  Ethereal Confections

Ethereal Confections



The most delicious method of making coffee

Delicious Method to Make coffee

Our server came out to the place we were sitting and brought us two samples of delicious chocolates, made on the premises






chocolate rabbits



A highlight of our visit to Woodstock Illinois


Tom Cruise Movie, ONE SHOT, Lights Up 10th Street Bridge Wednesday Night

The movie is causing a buzz and some traffic around the Burgh.  One Shot is the name of the film after a novel by Lee Child.   On the way to my photo class I saw the lights set up on the bridge and a few giant movie lights on top of some buildings.  Heard on the radio Armstrong Tunnels would be closed.  Remembered my photo for the weekly challenge of fall, with the 10th St Bridge in the autumn light and thought I would go my usual school route.  Here is the series of bridge shots taken on the way home from class Wednesday night. A circuitous route but worth the detour in my opinion.

I could hear and see a car race and screech across the bridge as I photographed.  Next time I will bring a spotter to keep watch as I pulled the car over but it is dark and a bit creepy up on the top of Arlington Avenue, my route home from school. I have shot from this angle before and here is the link to the daytime photo.

Photo four has a bright movie light on the right of the photo.


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