Saturday, December 25, 2010
Taipei was a good choice. Somewhere east of Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel) on the Monongahela River, it is one of the best Chinese restaurants around - probably the best Chinese we've had. We had shrimp dumplings, seafood in a birds nest and shrimp and pork in black bean sauce. Everything was wonderful.
This is what the fortune in my cookie says:
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed.
My lucky numbers are 50, 49, 28, 11, 43, 40.
The lead story in the Pittsburgh newspaper today (Christmas Day) is a story about Bruno Sammartino. If you don't know about Bruno Sammartino, you should. Sammartino was the longest reigning champion of the World Wide Wrestlig Federation, holding the title from 1963 to 1971, and again from 1973 to 1977.
John says this was back when wrestling was still a serious sport, before it became just a "show". He remembers watching on TV in 1960 when Sammartino picked up 640 pound Haystacks Calhoun, lifted him over his head, turned around and threw him to the mat.
Sammartino was John's hero. He called his cousin, Rocky, this morning to tell him about the Sammartino newspaper article.
Sammertino is a Pittsburgh native. Well, sort of. He came here when he was a 14 year old skinny kid, escaping the Nazis in Italy. Pure Italian lore.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
|Reminds me of Sea Foam!|
It has snowed most every day since Thanksgiving, and has not been above freezing for 2 weeks. Lot of ice around. And darkness. Hard to believe that we're just getting started!
In Florida we mark this day as well, for it promises to bring a few months of cooler weather.
Jubilee and I still thrive on our walks in the snow.
Here's a close-up.
Monday, December 20, 2010
A number of people have contacted me about the ad for Westinghouse engineers in the May 1957 issue of Combustion Magazine - "All this and a husband who's a Westinghouse Engineer!" The original that I have is a copy of a copy of a copy ... It is not a good reproduction, but if you want it, I have it in PDF form HERE.
A few things impressed me:
A large and ornate red cape worn by St. Charles Borromeo who lived in splendor in the 16th Century so as to represent the glory of church. Anyone wearing that cape would have drawn attention. A relief depicting the crucifixion of St. Peter, and a Tibetan scroll from the 17th century, with the large red seal of the Dalai Lama, allowing missionaries into Tibet.
Later, as John and I were discussing it, we remembered an exhibit of Middle Eastern (Ancient Iraq) artifacts that we had happened upon in Chicago last summer (2009), which impressed us more and even seemed more "sacred" and real.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Also a needlepoint of the Great Wall of China that is on the wall on the 4th Floor Elevator Hall.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Still very cold here. All I want for Christmas is a ski mask - one of those woolen things that cover everything but your eyes!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Fallingwater is the house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Edgar Kaufman in the Laurel Mountains of Southwestern PA. The house is unique in a number of ways, not the least of which is the waterfall it encompasses!
It also happens that one of my Florida friends is the niece of Edgar Kaufman, and often visited Fallingwater as a child. She was mortified when her aunt (Kaufman's wife) would skinny dip in the plunge pool.
We were impressed with the place. I have mixed feelings about the house. Frank Lloyd Wright, with his vision that one's habitat should be an extension of the landscape, really pushed the envelope on this one. Last year the Nature Conservancy, who owns the house now, spent more than 2 million dollars in structural repairs to keep the place standing. I kind of think that this house, as unique as it is, is going to have to erode and fall like the other rocks of the waterfall.
We were not allowed to photograph inside the home during the tour, but here are some outside photos.
Friday, December 10, 2010
This is the sledding hill and I saw that someone had already tried it out. I hope John doesn't make me go down it on a sled this weekend.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The creek at the park is a bit more frozen today than it was yesterday. Jubilee made it across without breaking the ice.
the Flickr site.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Jubilee looks kind of wolf-y in the snow, doesn't she? She certainly seems to inherently know about winter, like it's her natural habitat.
I discovered that you have to scrape the ice off of the gas tank door if you want it to open.