Archive for January, 2011

30
Jan

Skull and Screen

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

skull_and_computer When last we went to the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History, I picked up a little Skull-shaped eraser. The Skull now adorns my monitor riser at the office.

I need to go get several more.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 31 January 2011)

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29
Jan

Bears Fans in Arlington, TX

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

bears_fans The Chicago Bears played the Green Bay Packers for a the right to appear in the Super Bowl. While I was avidly rooting for the Pack, the rest of the bar was loud and boisterous Bears fans. At least they were loud and boisterous right up until Aaron Rodgers drove his Pack into the endzone within the first 6 minutes of the game. They stayed quiet until a late rally by the Bears provided a glimmer of hope; but as the time ticked away, the Bears fans trickled out.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 29 January 2011)

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29
Jan

The Ft. Worth Sky

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

ft.worthsky As Marita Beth and I wound our way home from the South side of Ft. Worth, we saw this view down a street. I pulled around so we could both take photos. I love mine. I cannot tell you what the purplish glow is on the right side of the photo (I’m guessing my thumb), but I like everything else about it.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 29 January 2011)

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28
Jan

Old Building

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

rahr_warehouse

Next to the (in)famous Rahr Brewery is a beautiful old brick building. I don’t rightly know what’s in there, but I do enjoy looking at, and taking photos of, it.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 28 January 2011)

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27
Jan

Ghost in My Closet

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Ghosts in the Closet

27 January 2011

I have been unable to get Bert off my mind this week.  Today, he even managed to make concentration on anything else difficult.  It’s been one year ago tonight, since we found out he had taken a shortcut out of this life and we would have to get along without him.  It’s been a year of sad and mad and missing him.

As I put away a jacket today, I realized it’s a little unusual to have a dead guy’s Renaissance costume hanging in your hall closet.  But, I do.  It was my pleasure to make Bert’s last faire costume and I was fortunate enough to get it back as his belongings were shuffled in various directions.  I used it as an eye-catching display at Scarborough last season, and will hope to do so, again this year.  Kinda helps him still “be there.”  Of course, I guess hanging out in my coat closet must be a little odd for him. 😉

~MB

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27
Jan

My Pretty Little Matchbox

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

My Pretty Little Matchbox

26 January 2011

After a couple of days of housework and drudgery, I went to a party tonight! It was a hostess party being thrown by my friend Lori, and with the PubGuys recording a closed studio, live-streaming session, I had no dinner-time plans to conflict, so I gave my commitment to go. It was an easy sell for me as soon as I realized it was a “hands-on” crafting event!

It was a delightful gathering of folks and a nice presentation by Lori’s friend of her product line with Stampin’ Up. When all was said and done, I had purchased some fancy papers, but I still find myself underwhelmed by rubber stamps and such. Paper, though, is my big scrapbooking-world weakness!

And, that’s why I’m so delighted with my little craft project from tonight’s party. It’s paper crafting at its finest!   The device used to die cut the flowers and box parts was pretty cool and sadly out of my price range. But, the end result is adorable!

Thanks, Lori!
~MB

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27
Jan

A Hundred Zillion Birds

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

A Hundred Zillion Birds

25 January 2011

On the drive back from Dallas yesterday, my fun day with Ronnie at the market center drawing to a close, we passed this tree as we exited I-30 at Eastchase Parkway. The tree itself was the center of five times more birds than are actually perched upon it! Grateful for the roof of the truck, I rolled down the window to attempt to capture the seriously thousands of birds.

~MB

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27
Jan

Dear Dallas: You are NOT St. Louis

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Dear Dallas:  You are NOT St. Louis

24 January 2011

Dear Dallas:

While I appreciate your attempt at something new, I find myself extremely confused by what I saw today as I visited your fair city.  I have now researched it and learned that it is a part of something of which you are very proud.  Apparently, it represents” Dallas moving forward,” according to your mayor.

I am writing, of course, about the large metal arch that has been added to your skyline.  I am aware that the $117 million project was partially privately funded by the family of the person for whom the bridge will be named, but still, I find myself questioning the priorities of your city’s decision-makers and benefactors.

Beauty, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and I may be alone in my opinion that this new stucture is not an attractive thing.  I will give it the benefit of the doubt, and hope that as the welding continues, the seams will appear less visible, and the structure more cohesive.  But, aesthetics aside—I find it hard to believe that this was the best use of such a large amount of money.  In an economic climate of recession and unemployment, foreclosures and homelessness, it seems to me that those with the best interest of the people of Dallas at the heart of their decisions, would have chosen differently.

I’ve read that the other two planned bridges still lack funding.  Perhaps a more modest design would make funding easier?  I sincerely hope that this first part of your Trinity River project does not represent the kind of extravagant, unnecessary spending that we will see as the project progresses.

By the way, it may interest you to learn that there is a city 546 miles  to your northeast that has done an admirable job of building a large iconic arch for which they are now famous.   What was the point of an inferior imitation?

Of course, at least there will be a few more bridges under which the homeless, jobless citizens of Dallas can park their shopping carts and cardboard boxes.

Sincerely,

~MB

The rest of the story:  I was riding in from the west, the passenger in the vehicle, and on my way to the Dallas Market Center with my dear friend Ronnie, for the annual Gift Show.  The trip had gone very quickly from Arlington to Dallas—it seems the improvements to I-30 are on schedule for completion in time for the NFL pilgrimage to Jerry World.  As we neared downtown and the city skyline monopolized the horizon, I was shocked to see a rather large arch off to the north of the freeway.  “What in the world, is that?” I asked, as I realized how long it had been since I’d driven that stretch of road.

My driving friend said that the arch was a part of the Dallas “waterfront” project … some sort of signature piece … a gateway, if you will.  My research has shown me that this is in fact the first stage of the construction of a bridge over the Trinity–the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge–which begins the Dallas “rebuild” of the Trinity River through the city.  I realize I’m not a Dallas resident, and that I’m hopelessly behind the times, to have not known of this sooner.  It seems the arch was completed last June.  But, wow!  In my humble opinion, this thing is really ugly.

For more information about this change to the Dallas skyline, here’s one woman’s version of the story.  The official news story is here.

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27
Jan

Moody Window

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Moody Window

23 January 2011

It was not my intention to publish this photo to the KRuMB, but since I didn’t use my camera on the 23rd, this one from a couple of days earlier, seemed to speak to me of the cold outside and the melancholy moodiness of the season.  I snapped this as I sat at my dining room table … which has become a catchall for assorted miscellanea at the moment, and simply must be made right again this week!  I didn’t realize when I took the picture, how much I would like the effect of the light through my grandmother’s old lace curtains.

~MB

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26
Jan

FWPD at Work

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

FWPD While Marita Beth and I were at Yucatan Taco Stand but after Mike and Kara had left us, there was a bit of excitement outside. And, by excitement, I mean something a little out of our ordinary was occurring to someone else on the sidewalk in front of our window. So, naturally, I took photos of the magnificent Ft. Worth Police Department at work. They were in the process of arresting someone – for what, I don’t know. This someone was not putting up a fight, but he did put down a Steel Reserve 40, which I found amusing. And, out of his pockets and backpack came copious amounts of prescription drugs – I’m sure they were his.

Ahhh, the Yucatan Taco Stand…always a good place to be.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 26 January 2011)

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