Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
On the one hand, Bullfights featuring star matador Jose Tomas,are sold out weeks in advance.
Bullfighting was originally a sport for the aristocracy and took place on horseback, similar to the still-in-use Portuguese-style bullfight,
in which a costumed horseman, a Rejoneador, mounted on specially trained horses (see clip-traje corte)
|Baroque style Dress|
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
We hear of the longest, the highest hockey contract offer.
We know about worst man-made disaster, treasonable leak of 'secret' papers, flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, sinkhole, sandstorm, typhoon, mudslide, forest fire, well that one seemingly has been kept at bay-it's the wettest July afterall!
THAT, ALAS IS NO LONGER TRUE.. there are huge fires in California (somewhat the usual spot for them) but even worse are those fires in Russia, Australia and Asia.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Jerina or Ahl Photo-don't remember?
And the next year we did not quite have such an exciting season but there were some highhlights as when Anton Khudobin and Maxim Noreau skated in the AHL All Stars ?
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Und somit ging ich zum alten Format retour.
Auf die naechste Zeit zumindestens.
Das 'neue System' hat jedoch so einiges was praktisch sein duerfte, aber halt noch nicht ganz von meinen 'kleinen graue Zellen (a La Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot) akzeptiert...
Werde halt noch ein bisserl damit herumspielen mussen.
Wie man diesem Photo entnehmen kann, haben auch andere solch ein Problem.
Es soll wohl Baltic BEACH Hotel heissen :-)!
oder vielleicht soll man dort 'to bitch'
d.h. auf gut Weanerisch....raunzen koennen :-D!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Readers know that I have been keeping up - somewhat - with the minor league teams in Texas. Because it's a lot of fun seeing those players doing it with love.. not to mention, their dreams for upward movement into AHL and -big daydreams - maybe even NHL.
So here is a bit on the start of CHL hockey"
Thanksgiving: the Evansville IceMen at the Dayton Gems; the Mississippi RiverKings at the Tulsa Oilers; the Fort Wayne Komets will play on Turkey Day hosting the Quad City Mallards. Christmas Day: the Tulsa Oilers hosting the Wichita Thunder.New Year’s Eve: Teams hosting games on New Year’s Eve are Allen, Arizona, Dayton, Fort Wayne, Missouri, Odessa, Texas and Rapid City.
and New Year’s Day: Colorado Eagles visiting the Allen Americans on January 1.
2010-11 Central Hockey League Home Openers
Allen Americans – Friday, October 15 vs. Texas
Arizona Sundogs – Friday, October 22 vs. Fort Wayne
Bloomington PrairieThunder – Friday, October 22 vs. Odessa
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs – Friday, October 15 vs. Mississippi
Colorado Eagles – Friday, October 15 vs. Arizona
Dayton Gems – Saturday, October 16 vs. Evansville
Evansville IceMen – Saturday, October 23 vs. Quad City
Fort Wayne Komets – Saturday, October 16 vs. Rapid City
Laredo Bucks – Saturday, October 23 vs. Rio Grande Valley
Missouri Mavericks – Friday, October 15 vs. Odessa
Mississippi RiverKings – Saturday, October 16 vs. Bossier-Shreveport
Odessa Jackalopes – Thursday, October 28 vs. Laredo
Quad City Mallards – Saturday, October 16 vs. Odessa
Rapid City Rush – Saturday, October 23 vs. Colorado
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Friday, October 15 vs. Laredo
Texas Brahmas – Friday, October 22 vs. Rio Grande Valley
Tulsa Oilers – Friday, October 15 vs. Wichita
Wichita Thunder – Saturday, October 16 vs. Tulsa For complete schedule visit: http://www.centralhockeyleague.com/
AEROS schedule is not complete yet, times and opponents are still missing, even as 6 home game dates have been announced - http://www.aeros.com/
And from the opera world, we hear that Deborah Voigt will sing Annie in Glimmerglass next summer, somewhat of a departure for this soprano best known for her Verdi and Wagners. But will she belt it like Ethel Merman did? Maybe having sung "Fanciulla" recently inspired her to take on another 'gal with a gun role' -')?
BTW, I believe I was present when she sang her first Amelia in Verdi's Ballo en Maschera
at the Met, however her Tenor then was NOT Luciano Pavarotti (as in this clip from a recital), he had cancelled and a Japanese tenor sub'ed well enough but not a match to Voigt's powerful voice. And much later heard her sing Agathe in 'Der Freischuetz' in Seattle.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
view from pier- onion domes in Erie!
Lighthouse light warns sailors away from shoals and other hazards.
All aboard, but first one must pass through the gangway..
USS Brig Niagara..was not available to tour on the day we were there. Volunteers (25 or so from USA and Canada) were tearing it apart to scrub and disinfect, to wash out a persnickety 'bug' that had sickened the crew earlier! And here I thought knots, hitches, bowlines, yardarms and sails are the real pr0blems on a wooden sailing ship. And bugs infect only cruise ships.. that just shows how ignorant we landlubbers are!
Apropos, the USS Niagara should not exactly be identified as a ship.
She is a BRIG and has two square rigged masts..
SHIPS have three masts and thus 9 yards....see expression below.
A sloop has only one mast! So now you know, too!
Wanna get hitched!
poster and samples from the collection of the Maritime Museum in Erie, PA
Wooden sailing steering wheel
Siple...he coined the "wind chill factor" - so that is how we know that it really IS colder than a witch's tit :-)!
NAUTICAL EXPRESSIONS creeping into the vernacular. Rather fascinating to me, and I hope to you as well..some did have changed from their original meaning.
To be three sheets to the wind-a person is not in control.
The whole nine yards- it has nothing to do with football ;-)! If one looks at a "typical square-rigger" -there are three masts with three yards on each mast. So if all of the square sails were a flying one would have the whole nine yards in operation. Thus it means THE works!
Mind your Ps and Qs. - sailors used to be told to watch their "Pea" jackets and pig-tails "Queues"-tarred hair.
Son of a gun -If paternity was uncertain the child born on board or land, was entered in the log as "son of a gun".
In the offing - 'about to happen'.
Batten down the hatches-prepare for bad weather/news.
Jury rig -"assembled in a makeshift manner" - not a "rigged jury";-)!
At loggerheads - nothing to do with loggers of trees!
Skyscraper - Not a building- actually a triangular sail set above the skysail to maximize the advantage of a light favorable wind.
Freeze the balls of off a brass monkey - Not what you may think ;-). On ships, cannon balls were sometimes stacked in what was called a monkey, usually made from brass. When it got really cold the monkey would contract forcing some of the cannon balls to fall off.
Field day - Day for cleaning up all parts of a ship which was on the way during our visit ;-!
Forging ahead -Going ahead slowly. Now it seems to mean go quickly !
Pipe down -"Keep quiet."
Halcyon days-a Kingfisher bird calming the sea at winter solstice
In the doldrums-meaning in a slump
Logging on - computer users adopted that one ;-)!
Shake a leg or show a leg--wakey, wakey! tars and gals (in port sailors could have female overnight guests) and need to shake a leg to show he heard the wake up call. If a female was under the covers...it may give the sailor a bit extra time to show up for his shift ;-)!
The cat's out of the bag-ready to punish-'cat' -(stringed flogging utensil usually kept in a bag)!
No room to swing a cat - on a crowded ship with all hands on deck to observe the punishment, a cat o' nine tails could not be used without hitting the observers-tight fit!
On the hockey front:
Aeros schedule not out yet. Palmer Hestley gone.
"Dimples" Khudobin stays in USA.
"Soft Spot" Mathieu Beaudoin signed with Coyotes as did Matt Climie.
"Blondy" Corey Locke signed by Ottawa,
Barry "Brusty" by Binghampton, Nolan Schaefer by Bruins.
AND what about that long contract by the NJ Devils for Kovalchuk of a $6 million cap hit for 17?
The Devils may care, I don't-much ;-)!
After all the Wild did this: Koivu's got a $6.75 million cap hit for seven years.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I.M.Pei designed Clevelands' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - it really rocks.....
Over 6 stories high and filled with memorabilia of all our favorite artists.
To relive a period just click on a screen and you'll rock to the tunes of Hall of Famers...
inducted over the past decades starting in 1989.
Early on spiritual, blues and jazz, doo wop, country and western rock, even some classical and ethnic music formed the specific music of certain groups and singers.
Such as the varied songs of QUEEN
where one can hear echoes of classical composers.
Freddie Mercury had definitely a beautiful and well trained voice and sang opposite Montserrat Caballe in Barcelona
Costumes, posters,letters cars,
instruments, photo, records and so much one needs more than a full day.
Add the numerous movies, video shows and such, and even a second day may not be enough for it all. Hanging and costumed Trabants.
But this I took from the outside -
the sculpture of THE glove!!
You know whose :-)!
For a complete list of inductees go to:
If one has time to spare - on day 3 or 4...
the Science Museum is just a few steps away.
The berth of the USS Mather is there.
And a few blocks away is the USS COD, a WWII sub..rather threatening and spooky looking.. "Have fangs to better ram you with" perhaps ;-).
Cleveland appears to be a clean, green city, breezy with wind mills here and there. Traffic was light, highways were easy to navigate.Suburbs in Ohio all seem to be called "Heights".
Cross into Erie and the names change to "Hills"...as in rolling perhaps, because they sure are NOT high hills.
And the landscape does look like one imagines Amish lands to be. With horse, buggy, caps, hats and homespun clothes, covered bridges and fields of grapes, corn and much more.. and it all was sooo green, so very green and lush.
The Athenaeum Hotel of a gracious era past!
Meeting Hall-'outdoors' full of Sunday worshippers
A Village Street - cobblestones, 'cottages', Hydrangeas
"The spirit of Chautauqua spread via Independent Chautauqua assemblies, and a series of traveling Circuit Chautauqua assemblies, incorporating many of the program components of the Institution, including lectures, music, nondenominational preaching, and a focus on current issues. Several Independent Chautauquas continue into the 21st century.It was founded in 1874 by inventor Lewis Miller and Methodist Bishop John Heyl Vincent as a teaching camp for Sunday school teachers. The teachers would disembark at Palestine Park, and begin a course of Bible study that used the Park to teach of the geography of the Holy Land."