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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Got Lost in Grand Central

We got lost at Grand Central Station on Thanksgiving Day. It was so crowded when we got there. I couldn't pass through the people. It was like we were in the New Year's Eve crowd in New York City. Anyway, hubby was getting our train ticket in the ticket booth and it was a long line. So, I told him that I was going to get a pie for his sister. Then he said to me that just in case we got separated we'll meet at the information booth. But he didn't find me there, so he went out to look for me. Obviously, I didn't see him in our meeting place so I decided to go to the train track, hoping he's there waiting for us. Unfortunately, he's not there. I tried to get on the train but the security didn't let me in because I didn't have a ticket with me. Well, the train was going to leave very soon. Suddenly, hubby came but the train just left as soon as we got to the platform. So, we got the next train... Nevertheless, it was still a fun experience and a fun day.

Friday, November 27, 2009

World War Two and The French Coast

If the beaches of Omaha could be swept clean of mines then the boys who arrived in the naval vessels and the tanks could have had an easier time on D-Day. The text alert system, which was not used at that time in the way it is used today, also could have helped save millions of American lives and perhaps shortened the war by years. Computers have altered the way we conduct business and also the way we communicate.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

We're getting ready now for a Thanksgiving trip. Well, the same as usual we're going to celebrate this special day at the sister's house of my hubby. We all know that this is a kind of family tradition here, get together for the family. I guess everybody is excited, plus it's a long weekend and a Black Friday sale. Once again, HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FRIENDS... Let's enjoy... I will talk to you all soon.

A Nice Breakfast on the Road

Through the state of Kansas we drove and in the morning we came to a little roadside diner and had a breakfast of eggs and muffins and some black coffee to keep us alert for the long drive to Nebraska. We were interested in finding our more about insurance marketing and that was the entire reason for our road trip that winter. The year was 1979. Of course, today things have changed, and a lot of the research can be done online and through dedicated companies, but back then it was hard work finding out what you needed to know. But, boy, did those breakfasts help!

Think Positive

"Every day in every way I'm getting better and better," said the great philosopher and positive thinker Émile Coué. I'm sure that he was such an optimistic person that if he had a laptop he would have used it to perfect himself even more. I never knew what he looked like until tonight when I went online, actually, and looked for a photo of the man. He was quite imposing, very tall, with a thick moustache, aristocratic features, and an expensive overcoat. He clearly expressed his philosophy in the way he carried himself.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Eakins Legacy and Secret Life

There is a legacy that Thomas Eakins fans should know about and it involves the secret life of Thomas Eakins. In this Portrait of Susan Macdowell Eakins (the wife of the artist), Eakins reveals his trademark approach to the face, one which leaves no stone unturned, so to speak. He has the gumption to make her eyes flash at the viewer with a subdued and hidden horror at what they have seen and what they conceal. But who knows what Eakins was really thinking as he did this painting. Look at her shirt and at how closely it covers her neck. He did not want anything revealed! It was all a secret, a dark secret.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Eakins and His Niece

Thomas Eakins and his niece had a strange yet famous relationship. They did not use any live chat software, however they could have had they lived today. Instead, Eakins is said to have caused his niece to commit suicide by attacking her and molesting the girl. She blew her brains out with a shotgun. These startling incidents are discussed in a new book about Eakins that anyone can obtain from their library or online. I am not making this stuff up. It is verified and historical. More than that, it is one reason why communication should be improved today with more software, to prevent such obvious misdeeds from recurring.

Friday, November 20, 2009

How to Please Your Portraitist

The greatest painters realize that the human skin is one of the most deceptively easy things to paint and yet one of the most difficult to get right. If only models would use more wrinkle cream, they declaim. If only they would take better care of their skin! For heaven's sake, just look at these people, going to waste. If only they took more fish oil they'd have a radiance about them that would certainly translate to the canvass. Yet not one in a hundred takes the time to do things right.

Roads to Eakins

The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins is a painting that undoubtedly contains hidden dimensions and meanings not apparent to the conscious mind of most viewers, yet which give the work some of its strange mystery and power. A new book about Eakins reveals that he was a sadist, that he had relationship problems, that he was interested in nudity, that he liked to shock women who were his models by stripping in front of them, and that he had other mental quirks, all of which are somehow hidden in this painting.

The Cars in My Dreams

Every Mickey Spillane fan knows about cars. The faster the better. Some Ferrari parts might even be involved in the story. But Agatha Christie was also interested in cars, though not for the same reason. She usually wanted to go for a drive in the country with her uncles and her family. She was a big fan of driving to relax. She then would go back to work on a new story. These are the ways that cars factor into the mystery milieu. Even Samuel Beckett was interested in cars and mystery novels.

South American Adventure into Health

Not only are there many who have gone to South America for vacation, but there are a sizable group of adventurers who have journeyed there for more exotic reasons, one of them being to discover true health secrets from the Amazon. One of these is the best eye cream, which can be had in many American department stores. Most adventurers, though, believe in the guava and the other South American fruits that can produce an oil superior to anything you're likely to find online or in a store. It's the vitamin E in its natural state that helps the skin stay young and vibrant.

Transportation by Train

The steam locomotive has mystified generations of fans of this mode of transportation. The steam locomotive has fascinated families as well as individual collectors. The steam locomotive has made generations of boys and men aware of new heights in collecting and they are grateful to the manufactures of these trains as well as to those who make the toy trains too.

How I Found My Calling as a Child

Three years ago while wandering through Vermont I cam across a very unusual family heirloom that belonged to the family of Benjamin Franklin. I told my friends that I had found a genuine and valuable Amish fireplace. It was not long before we were all making excursions into the Birmingham, Vermont, area looking for the same kinds of treasures that old Ben Franklin had found so valuable in 1776 and afterward, as he and the forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Romance of November

Family holidays are here and we are all waiting for a good snowfall. The tvs we watch may have a flat screen or a convex one, that's not the point. The thing that matters is the romance that settles over everything during the month of November and December. The world waits on the turn of events that all hinges on the weather. The nations of the world are rather like snowflakes, glittering in the moonlight. The darkness that steals over the hills of the Berkshires invites us all to contemplate the life that Thoreau lived in Walden and to thank out lucky stars that we are not confined to a jail cell like he was on a dusky November eve in 1843.

Monday, November 16, 2009

So Scary

I thought I got stuck on the light rail train today. The story started when I got on the train, after which I noticed that I was alone on the first car. I saw the engineer leave the engine and go outside. The one thing that scared me so much was that the door was closed. Then I turned around and saw that there was nobody else on the car except me. So I started to bang the door so that the people outside would spot me and help me to get out. They just ignored me. I pressed the open button on the door but unfortunately it didn't work. I began to worry because it was getting late at night and I was thinking that maybe the engineer left already and went home. So, I sat down for awhile, and then after about 13 minutes the door opened, so I'm rushing to get out but the people were going in. So I asked a guy if the train was going to run, and he said yes, so I got on again. Oh, well, funny but scary...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Balikbayan Box

My family back home was so happy because they finally got the Balikbayan box that I sent a couple of months ago. It takes time to get there since I used the sea cargo option, but it's worth it. There's no weight limit on this box as long you follow their guidelines and avoid any of the prohibited items. Well, it was my first time using this courier and I'm so glad that it worked out so well. I'll definitely use them again next year. Now I am starting again to fill up my next box. I'm so excited thinking what I can put in it. I'll make a list of what I send and keep it for reference.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Buster Keaton

"Gawwwwwwww! Gimme a simple answer will ya! 'At's all I ask..."

That was the inimitable Buster Keaton speaking. Born to make women swoon, educated to act in films, and trained on the set of Hollywood's Sunset Strip, Keaton was a funny little man who, according to his office manager, "used to sneak up behind people and try to scare them." This was the mark of a funny man indeed! Even his good friend Rudolph Valentino said that Keaton was as unpredictable as a sandwich.