Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kitty Corners

Romeo and Juliet have been with me now for nearly 5 months.  They have scoped out the comfortable places in their new home.

More Granary Burial Ground Photos

The Mary Goose buried here is not Mother Goose, but people still pay her penny-homage.

This monument reminds me of something...but I can't think what.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Gorey Hallelujah!

Yesterday was commencement day, an extra holiday for me and my library buddies.  So Sue, Julie, Laureen, Lynn, and I decided to see the Gorey exhibit at the Boston Athenaeum.  I'd never been there before.

Sue, Laureen, Lynn, Julie

Inside, photography was strictly forbidden, so you will have to take my word that the exhibition was awesome, or buy the exhibition catalogue.  My favorite items were the envelopes young Gorey used to mail letters to his mother when he was an undergraduate at Harvard.  He decorated them with weird watercolor pictures.  He must have been well-known by the post office.
Next we visited the Granary Burying Ground, which is visible from Athenaeum windows.

Note that the woman buried on the left was named Silence.  Talk about Puritan names.

Next we backtracked and ate lunch at Zen Grille and Sushi Bar.  I had noodles;  I don't eat anything raw.  The sushi was very attractive.  Take a look at Julie's lunch.
Next we stopped to look at a Memorial Day installation on Boston Common.

Now go to Youtube to see our  our Swanboat ride.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Catching Up

Lately I've been watching old TV that I missed the first time around.  I was only 5 when the series Thriller started up; it's a good thing I discovered it on Netflix, because it had many good episodes.

The Host of Thriller
Most of the plots had supernatural elements.  I've just finished season 1, in which I saw a very young William Shatner in  two episodes; but the fun doesn't stop there!  In The Hungry Glass Shatner played opposite Russell Johnson (a.k.a. the Professor on Gilligan's Island).  In The Grim Reaper Shatner was joined by Natalie Schafer (a.k.a. Eunice 'Lovey' Wentworth Howell on Gilligan's Island).  Small world!  What are the chances of running across two people from the same island?

So my Thriller-watching inspired me to seek out Thriller-host Boris Karloff's lesser-known films.  First I saw The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936), which was a classic mad-scientist story with the familiar theme of mind transplant.  By working really, really hard, Dr. Laurence manages to construct a machine that switches minds into different bodies.  But the scientific world won't even give him a chance to demonstrate his machine; they just walked away scoffing.  Then Laurence thinks of a practical use for his machine when his backer threatens to take away his lab...  Another noteworthy aspect of this flick is its strong female character, the lovely Dr. Clare Wyatt, who ends up saving the day at the end.

More History of the Future!

Thanks to Steve who saved the Wall St. Journal article that sent me looking for images of Arthur Radebaugh's syndicated strip: "Closer Than We Think"  This stuff is my kind of stuff!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What's the World Coming to?

When I found out that the so-called Botox Mom had not really injected Botox into her daughter, that she was a hoaxter, I felt the same sting of betrayal that accompanied the discovery that Dean Martin was not actually a drunk.  What's the world coming to when we can't believe what we see on TV and read on the internet?  One thing's for sure, when the rapture comes on Saturday, she'll be left behind!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Gone to Her Reward

The cybersphere has been full of Dolores Fuller, who died on May 9.  Although known chiefly through her association with Ed Wood, Jr., her most successful enterprise was serving on the Elvis Presley song-writing team.  She co-write that unforgettable tune: Do the Clam.

Here she is running into her old boyfriend and his old friend in the after-life: (click to enlarge picture.)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

May Day at the MFA

So Rosemary and I went to the MFA to see the Chihuly glass stuff and the Art in Bloom.flower arrangements.  The new cafe looks good.

The Chihuly stuff was mostly displayed against black, reflective surfaces.  Mr. Chihuly was OK with photos taken for non-commercial purposes.

There was also a room with a glass ceiling on top of which were many glass goodies that were reminiscent (in many cases) of sealife, which tempted me to call it a sea-ling.

I only photographed a few flower arrangements.

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