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diptych # 165 ~ the carrot and the stick weekend

punishment / reward ~ Saratoga Springs, NY • click to embiggen

Spent a long weekend (Friday-Sunday, my 7th straight weekend away from home) in Saratoga Springs - just outside the SE border of the Adirondack PARK - where the wife attended a conference / workshop. Going along with the wife, functioning as her arm candy, has both its punishments and rewards as illustrated in the above diptych. It shouldn't take a genius to figure out which is which.

Normally in such cases, I find something interesting to pass the time while she's conferencing her heart out. Golf was on the list but, unfortunately, the time allotted to that activity was spent having new rear brake pads put on the Kizashi.

FYI, stay tuned tomorrow for my picture account of my dinner last Thursday evening with Tsering Phunysok, Thangka artist and personal tailor to the Dali Lama, and together with the personal assistant to the Dali Lama's emissary to North America. Amazing stuff and most certainly more fun than a barrel of monkeys lawyers.
Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 03:00PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2979 / diptych # 164 ~ German graveyard and fallen apples

German graveyard ~ near North Creek, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
fallen apples / Rist Camp ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

Last year while at Rist Camp, we meet this guy and his dogs at the beach in Minerva. This year while at Rist Camp we discovered where he lives. Most likely it's at the German graveyard. Or, at the very least, it's where he parks his car.

Next year we'll have to knock on the door.

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 01:37PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2978 ~ ninety percent of making pictures is half mental*

Park Avenue street corner ~ Rochester, NY • click to embiggen
It seemed rather appropriate, on the day after his death, to post one of Yogi Berra's famous Yogi Berra-isms. One which, although it was not intended to be about picture making, is nevertheless quite apt.

You can observe a lot by just watching. ~ Yogi Berra-ism

my adaptation of Berra's statement, "Ninety percent of the game is half mental"

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 09:49AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

diptych # 163 / civilized ku # 2976-77 ~ 50 years ago, football humor and the Obama Special

my picture at 50 year high school reunion ~ Rochester, NY • click to embiggen
sign / Half Pint Pub ~ Rochester, NY • click to embiggen
Obama Special / Obama visits Magnolia Cafe ~ Magnolia Cafe / Rochester, NY • click to embiggen

It was about 50 years ago this month that I posed for my high school yearbook picture. It was this past weekend that I and 50 of my classmates got together for a reunion.

Some of the guys (no girls - private all boys prep school) were immediately recognizable, some not so much. It took a special talent to read a name tag unnoticed while simultaneously saying, "Hey (insert name here), long time no see." I successfully pulled it off a few times.

Of course, no one had a problem identifying me (he wrote, tongue in cheek wise). That was attributable to my former status as the class-leading instigator of various shenanigans, my athletic success (football Hall of Fame inductee / captain of the wrestling team) and the fact that, over the school years, my artistic talent was much sought after for making one-off illustrations for paper book covers, school posters and the like.

That written, there was one guy, name tag or not, who no one (at least in my clique) could remember. That's no small feat considering he spent 4 years in a class which had only 180 graduates. Perhaps he should consider writing a book about blending in with the wallpaper.

Then there was the guy (freshman home room classmate) whom every one remembered, if not by face then by his legendary status. This despite the fact that he was kicked out the school (nevertheless, he regularly shows up at class events) about 1/2 way through our freshman year - one day he created such a disruption in math class that the teacher picked up his desk with him in it and threw it into the hallway. Such is the stuff of legends.

The only downside to the weekend was my frustration caused by my lack of success in acquiring a T-shirt which was worn by nearly every student at the Friday night homecoming football game. The shirt was yellow-gold with black type (school colors) and it read, Women desire us. Men envy us, on the front with a big bold M (school name - McQuaid Jesuit HS) on the back. This from a school with a student body athletic cheer (at least during my era) - employed on those rare occasions when we were losing a sporting event - That's all right. It's OK. You'll be working for us one day.

In any event, a good time was had by all. Even the wife had a good time.
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:13AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis | CommentsPost a Comment

ku # 1323 ~ evening show

the last evening at Rist Camp ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

Last Thursday evening was our last evening at Rist Camp. Mother Nature was kind and gave us a very nice sendoff even though the fall foliage is way behind "normal" for this time of year.
Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 06:18PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

ku # 1322 / kitchen sink # 29 ~ all good things must come to and end

lifting morning fog ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
morning dishes ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

Woke up this morning to lifting fog, dirty dishes, no dog, no cat and no wife.

The dog and cat are back at home and the wife is arriving this afternoon for our last day and night at Rist Camp. We are leaving early tomorrow morning (a day early) to drive to Rochester for my 50 year High School Class Reunion.

One thing which stood out at Rist Camp this year was a validation of the adage, Time flies when you're having fun. It seems like only yesterday that we arrived for our 5 week stay.

Today's Artspeak Gobbledygook - I use semiotic constructions and visual quotes of canonized art historical moments to remix photographic imagery into new content. ~ found on the internet
Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 10:58AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , | CommentsPost a Comment

ku # 1321 ~ morning show

Tuesday AM ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

Fortunately for me, Edison-Ron (the cat) dragged me out of bed early this AM. He wanted out for his morning stroll about / hunt. Or, quite possibly, he wanted me to picture the early morning mist and light.

Either way, he did the right thing.
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:22AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | Comments1 Comment

tourist picture / civilized ku # 2975 / ku(ish) # 1321 ~ a nap and some choices

Rist Camp cat nap ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
Rist Camp buffet top ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
choices ~ Hudson River / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

When paddling onto the Hudson River (above Newcomb) from Lake Harris, one encounters a sign indicating 2 choices. Turn right to reach New York City or left to Mt. Marcy.

One can not actually reach Mt. Marcy but you can get very close, get out of the canoe and hike to the top of Marcy - the highest peak (5,343 ft.) in the Adirondacks. The highest water source of the Hudson River is Lake Tear of the Clouds which is located about 1,000 ft below the summit of Marcy.

On the other hand, you can actually reach the river terminus at Battery Park in lower Manhattan. It would be a long paddle - 315 miles - requiring more time than I have on my hands at this particular moment.