Archive for July, 2008

31
Jul

Swing Dance at the Faire

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Swing Dance at the Faire

30 July 2008

It was another warm day in Wisconsin, but that didn’t stop the swing dance class from happening!  Ginger and Shannon decided it would be fun to conduct swing dance classes this year, right here on site during the week, for those rennies who might be interested.  Most classes are co-taught by a fellow from the Chicago dance scene and Ginger.  I missed the first week, but managed to get to yesterday’s and most of today’s class.  It’s fun, and I figure it’s a pretty good way to sweat off a few calories. 

I got a lot done today, both on the computer, and in the workshop.  I did spend way too much time looking for some paperwork that managed to elude me right up until about ten minutes ago.  (Thanks for looking at home for me, too, Kyle—I found my clipboard!)  Overlapping the dance class was the annual Fajita Rita Party, and overlapping that was a commitment that Kelly and I had to be at Larry and Denise’s house for fittings.  So, it was a busy day—work, dance, tequila, Milwaukee, and back again.  Kelly’s fittings with Denise went great, and my mock-up for Larry works great, too. 

My photo today, is the only one I took—as I arrived late to the swing dance class. (I’d promised myself I couldn’t “play” until my work was done.  I had a goal in my head I had to achieve today, and only then was I allowed to go dance.)  Anyway, I love that, although the photo isn’t technically a good one, I did catch Ginger in a twirl!  People having fun!

~MB

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30
Jul

Grotesque

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

26 July 2008
Another grotesque that guards the house.
Guardian Grotesque
I love the word, grotesque. According to the The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology Dated 1996

grotesque
1)decorative painting or sculpture with fantastic interweaving of forms
2)fantastically extravagant
3)ludicrously incongruous
Etymologically speaking, it is said to be due to the Roman application of grotta to chambers of old buildings.

Hah. Grotesque!
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 30 July 2008 )

Listening to:
Good Vibrations by Beach Boys
from British Top 30 – 1967

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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30
Jul

Pearls

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25 July 2008
A Friday night and the best I can manage is another picture of a piece of my wife’s jewelry?
Pearls
Blah.

~KR (Written on 30 July 2008 )

Listening to:
Touché by Godsmack
from The Other Side

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Software: picnik.com

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30
Jul

A Sexy Car I Met at the Gas Pump

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A Sexy Car I Met at the Gas Pump

29 July 2008

Okay, so having just spent time with my brother three days in a row, I have cars on the brain.

I got up early this morning, and drove to downtown Kenosha to have breakfast with William and Melanie before they left town to head home.  We went to Franks Diner (Stephen had just introduced me to the place last week) since I pretty much insisted that they enjoy some local flavour rather than McDonald’s.  Melanie had biscuits and gravy and William and I split a three-piece order of French toast.  Oh my goodness, was it good!  And, the coffee was very good, too—not something I can say of all breakfast places. 

We had a great time together, and by ten o’clock, we were giving and receiving our goodbye hugs and kisses.  They were headed down the road to a little town in Illinois called Volo, where there is apparently a world-class car museum.  They claim to house the original TV Batmobile, Knight Rider’s Kit, and Herbie, the Love Bug.  I’m sure these cars have multiple incarnations housed in various places, but still—it’s a draw.  They have many, many other antique and collectible automobiles, as well as, apparantly, an adjacent antique mall.  I was pretty jealous that they were going, and I was not, but we made tentative plans to repeat this visit next year, such that I can join in on this little jaunt.

Anyway, I was on my way back to the site, when I decided to pull into a gas station I was passing, and fill up.  My truck was pretty empty, and the prices have dropped a bit—I paid $3.85—so it seemed like a good time.  As I turned in, I spotted this adorable little blue sports car, and I could barely get out of my truck fast enough to get a better look!  I stuck my head around the gas pump and said to the man with her, “That is a beautiful little car!  What is she?,” proving both my interest and my ignorance, I suppose. 

“A Triumph,” he replied, “TR3.”

“How old is it?”

“1958.”

By this time, I’d grabbed my camera and walked around the pump to see the car from the front.  “Wow,” I said.  “She is really sweet. You must have a blast with it.  Do you mind if I take a photo?”  

He said “No, of course not.” He then informed me that he was only the second owner, that the car only had 28,000 miles on it when he got it, and that he’d put quite a bit of work into it recently, including new paint. 

 “So, she’s pretty much your baby, isn’t she?,” I asked.

“One of them,” he coyly replied.

“Now, you sound like my brother!,” I told him.  “I just had a wonderful visit with my little brother who was up here from Kansas City to buy a car, and who is right now, as we speak, on his way to the car museum in Volo.”

“Oh, that’s a great place,” he said, and he whipped out his wallet, and easily pulled out his annual pass to the place! “I go there all the time!”

From there we had a wonderful conversation.  He wanted to know if I was from Kansas City, too.  That lead to where I live and why I’m up here in the summer.  Turned out, he lives in San Antonio, and only spends the summers here, too.  He’s a retired lawyer, and has never been to Bristol, but shared a fun story about his visit in the seventies, to the Pleasure Faire in Agora!  His name was John.  It was a delightful little exchange, and I can totally credit my brother.  If I hadn’t had cars on my brain, I’d have pulled into that gas pump, and put gas in my tank, and thought to myself as it drove away, “what a sexy little car!”

After finally filling my tank ($77 later), I got back to the site just in time to make it to my eleven o’clock massage therapy appointment with Robert Ray.  It seems to be making a difference for me, so I’m spending this little bit of money on myself each week, hoping to end the summer in less pain than I began it.

I worked through the afternoon, dealing with some special order issues (one involving a lost box, and potentially a big chunk of change out of my pocket because of it) and eventually getting pretty down in the dumps.  I’m refusing to write about the details, ’cause I have no desire to revisit how low I got in those hours.  I tried curing my doldrums with some dancing, attending the onsite swing dance class at 3 p.m.  It totally worked for a while, and while I was dancing, I felt great.  We learned the shim sham, which is fabulous fun and we worked a bit on six-count, too.  However, when I left the class, and faced my world again, I found myself right back on the road toward depression.  I returned some phone calls, including one to Kyle where I got to really unload and while cathartic, it wasn’t healing.  Then, I got a cheerful call from Delaenya asking me to join the “girls” for dinner at The Chancery.  I’d already decided to stay in, eat leftovers, and spend the evening in the workshop, but friendship and comraderie won out, and into the van I got.  Shannon, Delaenya, Karley, Ginger, Kelly and I had a very nice little dinner, and spent the time talking about people’s problems that weren’t my own.  I guess that’s what I needed—that and the margarita! 😉

Kelly and I did work for a while after dinner, but I went to bed shortly after midnight, with my sights set on a better tomorrow!

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29
Jul

Mojito

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24 July 2008
I live in Texas. Texas is hot. During the summer, Texas is inhumanly hot – as I write this it is 98 degrees F outside and getting hotter – thank goodness for air conditioning. When it gets this hot beer gets to be a little much for the evening libation. Likewise, I don’t care too much for red wine at these ungodly temperatures, so I opt for drinks that originated in climates like this:
Summertime Drink
The Mojito. This version by Bacardi can’t compare to the insanely good Mojito that Trista makes down at Rob’s, but I can’t really pack the bartender up and take her home with me, can I? So, opting for the easy route, I keep a 6-pack in the very cold fridge and have one a couple hours before bedtime. It’s lovely.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 July 2008 )

Listening to:
007 by Desmond Dekker
from British Top 30 – 1967

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.2 sec (1/5)
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29
Jul

Locket

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23 July 2008
A close-up of one of my wife’s pieces of jewelry.
Locket
That’s it. Nothing more.

~KR (Written on 29 July 2008 )

Listening to:
Brand New Lover by Dead or Alive
from The 12" Singles

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.2 sec (1/5)
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28
Jul

William and Melanie in Kenosha

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William and Melanie in Kenosha

28 July 2008

Unfortunately, my brother will probably never read this.  He doesn’t seem to really use a computer very often.  He has email addresses, but never uses them.  He mentioned he was somewhat familiar with eBay, but not overly much.  And, I’m pretty certain he can count on one hand the number of times he’s read a blog, much less mine!  But, I’m gonna write about him, anyway! 😉

While he and Melanie went to somewhere north of Madison to look at and ultimately purchase a car from a friend of our mom’s, I had a long-overdue and very enjoyable visit with Joseph.  After discovering that many of the great little eateries in Racine were closed on Mondays, we ended up at Shilling’s.  Now, last summer, Shilling’s was this great little British pub that we couldn’t stay in very long ’cause it was so smoky.  But, this summer, they’ve decided to lead the pack, and they’ve gone “no smoking” at Shilling’s—and they’ve added an incredible menu of tasty food.  I had their grilled chicken sandwich, and it was great!

Later in the day, Kelly and I met William and Melanie at Villa DiCarlo in downtown Kenosha for dinner.  I ordered ravioli, Kelly had a pasta dish with Italian sausage, and the kids had pizza, and all of us were pleased with our meals.  We decided to burn some calories after eating, and we enjoyed a fun little walk down 6th Avenue and back.  Kenosha’s little downtown is charming, and sure seems to be “coming back.”

I managed to convince William to stay one more night, so in the morning we’ll meet for breakfast!

~MB

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28
Jul

The Victor of the Joust

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The Victor of the Joust

27 July 2008

Fourth weekend of the show and I had yet to take a walk away from the booth any further than across the lane to Faire Pair!  So, this morning, I had an appointment to go with Karley to see the morning tournament joust.  We got down there just as things were beginning, and I’d have to say that I was much more entertained than I expected to be.  It was an enjoyable show.  My photo today is of the knight who won the tournament we viewed.

The rest of the day was spent in the booth, anticipating the arrival of William Todd and Melanie, and making a fair amount of sales. Nothing to write home about, but at least we were selling complete outfits for a change!

William and Melanie finally showed up around 4 p.m., having spent way too long in Chicago traffic.  But, they got to wander around a bit, and of course, I introduced them to people right and left!  They joined our crazy clan for dinner after faire, and we parted with the understanding that we’d talk in the morning.   It’s very fun to have them here!

~MB

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27
Jul

The Pendragon Gang at Bristol Minus One

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The Pendragon Gang at Bristol

26 July 2008

Yet another beautiful day with sadly low attendance.  And yet another day of disappointing sales.  I keep thinking that eventually our business will pick up and I’ll be really proud to turn in my numbers to Nicole.  But, sadly, today did not live up to that hope.

In fact, it was a slow enough day that even without one of my regular workers, we were fine, and had time to take goofy photos like this!

I opted to stay on site and eat leftovers for dinner tonight, as did Kelly.  As we chatted after eating, I got a phone call which proved to be the highlight of my day.  It was my brother calling to ask me what I was doing tomorrow!  He and Melanie were on their way already, to come see me!  Woo hoo!  Tomorrow just got a whole lot better!

~MB

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27
Jul

Guinness – It's Good For You

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22 July 2008
There are certain concessions that corporations allow their employees. One of those concessions is the decorations and gewgaws that employees are allowed to use to decorate their offices – or in my case a cubicle. I have surrounded myself in my office with happy things, things that make me smile and remind me of why I work. One of those things, and the first thing I see when I walk into my cubicle each morning is this poster:
Guinness Poster
It’s a simple reminder that at the end of the day, I can walk away and have myself a Guinness. After all, Guinness is good for you.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 27 July 2008 )

Listening to:
Best I Ever Had by Gary Allan
from Tough All Over

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