Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Unheeded Warnings!

April 14, 2018

Despite receiving numerous warning of sea ice, it wasn’t until her lookouts actually saw the ice that the danger was realized and by then it was too late to take evasive action.  The Titanic struck the iceberg at approximately 10:40 PM and began sinking on this date in 1912.  A tragic event indeed.   When they made the movie “Titanic,” I’m sure the Hollywood took more than their share of liberties with the story (for entertainment value, of course), but the theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion continues to stir my emotions.

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The Pony Express!

April 9, 2018

The Pony Express, utilizing horse and rider teams in relay fashion, was an early mail-delivery system between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California (more than 2,000 miles).  But did you know . . .

  • they were more than twice as fast as their competitors?
  • they were a financial failure and only remained in business for nineteen months?
  • there was a weight limit on the riders?
  • the riders were required to take a loyalty oath?
  • the mail was carried in a specially designed saddlebag?
  • the cost kept ordinary people from using the Pony Express?
  • one rider completed a 380-mile run in less than two days?
  • the riders didn’t have the deadliest job?
  • Buffalo Bill Cody was not a Pony Express rider?
  • the transcontinental telegraph is what put the Pony Express out of business?

Source: www.history.com

Oops!

February 22, 2018

Luckily this has never happened to me (yet), but I can only imagine the sinking feeling if it ever did.  And, while this is meant as a joke, I wonder how many times in a day that this actually occurs?  Enjoy!

A woman went to the airport for a flight to Omaha. She joined the long line at the security checkpoint for Concourse B, and waited. By the time she reached the head of the line, it was clear that she would miss her flight if it took off as scheduled.

The guard took a look at her ticket, and said, “I’m sorry. You’ve got a problem here.”

“Yes,” she sighed. “It looks like I won’t make this flight to Omaha.”

“No,” the guard explained. “This is the line for missing the flight to Houston. The line for missing your flight to Omaha is at Concourse C.”

Necktie of the Month – January 2018!

January 3, 2018

Necktie - Fireplace ReliefHappy Wednesday!  Here is the latest necktie that I have added to my collection. This one represent an architectural design (courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright) and is titled: “Fireplace Relief.”  I found this particular necktie while visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art back in September.  I had just completed a wonderful holiday weekend in the Eureka Springs (Arkansas) area and strategically planned a trip to this museum on the way back to Tulsa.  So, while perusing the assorted art-related items in the gift shop, I came upon several neckties and ended up taking this one home.  I also found an amazing table lamp that I purchased (will post this lamp sometime next month). This necktie will pair best with my browns and other earth-toned dress shirts.  Shown here with my beige shirt, it should also go well with my brown shirt for sure (not quite the same brown that is the background of the tie, but it should compliment this hue quite nicely) as well as my standard white shirt.  And for that really bold look, my bright orange shirt (or possibly even the pale orange one) will really make this necktie pop!   Woohoo!

Fields of Gold!

December 10, 2017

MosaicBack in September (over the extended Labor Day weekend) I had the occasion to revisit Eureka Springs (Arkansas) with a friend and discovered that a work of art I had taken a liking to on a previous visit (but had not purchased) was still available.  Needless to say, I was not about to leave this shop a second time without securing this piece for my collection.  The artist: Fran Carlin, the title: Fields of Gold, the medium: glass mosaic.  Fran discovered mosaics working under the master, James Hubbell, and later studied in Ravenna, Italy.  Her work is positively stunning and I am delighted to have had this opportunity to add one of her pieces to my collection.

A Couple of Recommendations!

October 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself in the Eureka Springs area (northwestern Arkansas), there are several neat things to see and do.  Disclaimer: I certainly have not seen or done everything that there is to see or do in Eureka Springs, but there are a few things worthy of mention as “not to miss” if you get the chance (and depending on your interests).  In addition to the numerous art shops and galleries (always worthy of visiting in my opinion), I would highly recommend a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel.  Whether you are interested in the architecture (or not), or just merely want to enjoy the beautiful setting, it would be time well spent.

Another activity that was really well done and that I totally enjoyed was the Great Passion Play.  I’m not exactly sure I was surprised by this but it really exceeded my expectations tremendously and was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening (especially if you arrange to take advantage of the buffet dinner preceding the play).

Another really unique attraction: Quigley’s Castle, aka, “the Ozarks strangest dwelling.” Very unique indeed, but very interesting as well.

Or discover your own “treasures” and favorite attractions in this quaint and charming community nestled in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas!

The Narrows!

September 21, 2017

Zion_NarrowsFor the last several days I have enjoyed being in and around Zion National Park (Utah) where we had the opportunity to hike “the Narrows” as well as several other short hikes along some other trails in the park.  What an awesome experience!   We opted for the top-down hike from Chamberlain Ranch (16-mile trek); our planning began several months ago since we needed to arrange for permits to hike in this direction.  We also were hoping that by going in the fall, despite the possibility of slightly “higher” and colder water, that the weather would be a bit more stable — i.e., less rain and a lower chance of flash flooding hazards. From here we will be heading up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to hike for a couple of days before returning home. Ah, the joy of being disconnected . . . a little therapy, courtesy of nature!

All the Way From France!

August 7, 2017

RenePaintingHappy Monday!  The check is in the mail.  Well, I believe this is a first! I purchased a painting last week (from the comfort of my apartment) that just happened to be in an exhibit in France!  It was an exhibit of the extraordinarily talented American artist René Shoemaker (of Athens, Georgia [and a personal friend of mine to boot]) entitled: “Memory & Place: Exhibition of Paintings on Silk” at La Mairie de Felletin which opened on June 21st and runs until August 18th.  “This one is titled: “The Table at the Grand Café, Felletin,” and is positively beautiful.  The simplicity and design of the table, coupled with the rich and luscious colors was love at first viewing.  René’s French is much better than mine, but to use the local language . . . merci beaucoup, mon ami!  Continuer le bon travail, et continuez à peindre!

Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017

 

Medusa

Ten days ago, I posted my favorite piece from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  You still have a little over a week to check out this exhibit “in the gallery.”  But, if you can’t make it over in time for the gallery exhibit, the companion exhibit “In the Forest” continues through November 13th, and is certainly worth a look.  Here was my favorite piece from the forest . . . typcial Chihuly “free-spirited” fashion.

International Holidays for August!

August 1, 2017

Here is an updated list of some selective holidays for August from around the World.

August 1 – Tisha b’Av Bank Holiday (Israel)
August 1 – National Day (Switzerland)
August 5 – Nuestra Señora de África (Spain)
August 7 – August Bank Holiday (Australia, Ireland)
August 7 – Picnic Day (Australia)
August 7 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
August 9 – National Day (Singapore)
August 9 – Women’s Day (South Africa)
August 11 – Mountain Day (Japan)
August 12 – Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday (Thailand)
August 14 – Holiday for Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday (Thailand)
August 15 – Assumption Day (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland)
August 15 – Independence Day (India)
August 15 – Janmashtami (India)
August 15 Kwang Bok Jul (South Korea)
August 16 – Royal Queensland Show (Australia)
August 21 – San Martín Day (Argentina)
August 21 – Discovery Day (Canada)

Source: http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays.htm