Theater Programs, My Goofy Collections Part 2, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Now that I have my own copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (thank you PaperBackSwap.com) I took another look at it, and realized why I didn’t finish discarding my theater program collection — I didn’t get them ALL out at once. So now the cabinet has disgorged the rest, and as directed, I’ve handled each one, appreciated the vibrant colors and clever illustrations, and though they all “sparked joy” most have now gone on to the great Theater in the Sky (via the recycle bin).

Opera Programs and LibrettosSometimes it’s as easy to ignore what I should be doing as it is to ignore blogging about it… but something about getting every one of the programs out did seem to help. Still, it’s embarrassing to think about how long it took me to do this.

Theater Programs

I found I still had 204 theater and opera programs. That’s after 77 went out on the first round of tidying.  And that’s not counting the art museum programs I’d started keeping a few years ago.

Even though I know that experiences are more important than stuff, I still managed to keep all this stuff to remind me of my experiences. It’s a trap!

It was tempting to try to figure out the cost of all the tickets those programs represent. “What if you’d invested that money all those years?” a friend asked. I have to admit that occurred to me as well, but back then I’d considered it an investment in the arts. After I thought about it, I realized there’s another answer — if I’d invested instead, I’d have more money to spend on experiences now, but I’d be missing the richness and background of experiences then.

I will admit, I kept programs from a few favorites. I’ll go through them again when I move, or maybe I’ll make a collage or two like my TWA travel-buddy Donna did. And yes, I’ll be seeing another play later this week, but I’ll be leaving the program for the next audience.

When is your next theater date?

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Goodbye Historic Tree, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

We were starting out for a walk on a rainy day last August when I took this photo of Sam’s favorite tree. The canopy in the misty distance is (was) an Eastern Cottonwood on the corner of 7th and West Peachtree.

 Eastern Cottonwood at The Historic Academy of Medicine

Eastern Cottonwood at The Historic Academy of Medicine

Here’s the mighty trunk, with magnolia leaves in the foreground…

 Eastern Cottonwood at The Historic Academy of Medicine We admired it every time we passed. With pictures of a tree and a photo challenge “Weight(less)” asking to explore the effects of gravity, it’s no mystery where this is going. Last weekend when we walked by, the tree was gone. Trees that old and mighty seem like they’ll be here forever, and it was a shock to see not even a trace of it left, and nothing but a bed of pine straw in its place.

I found an article on the Georgia Tech website explaining that the trunk was splitting despite efforts to save the tree, and that it was being removed before limbs fell. How big was the tree? It’s described as “82-inch caliper” — that’s diameter. Here it is with Sam on a sunny day last June —

Eastern Cottonwood at The Historic Academy of Medicine And one more look up, before gravity had its way —

Eastern Cottonwood at The Historic Academy of Medicine I’d love to know how old the tree was. I hope there’ll soon be a young one it its place.

Do you have a favorite tree?

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A New Year, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

A year comes full circle every day, but it’s the first week of January that brings it to our attention. This week I’ve been reviewing my 2015 goals, and feeling under-accomplished.

Here’s the scary thing about a clock with a visible pendulum — you can see the seconds (and the year) flying by.

8 Day Clock

This was my Grandmother’s 8-Day clock. These days it’s more like a 4-Day clock, and has to be babied along a bit. It’s loud, but comforting, and I have no trouble sleeping through it. I heard it every hour in my parents’ house when I was growing up, and now it strikes the hours in mine.

Desperate to call something an accomplishment, I took this little lamp out of the donation box I’m accumulating, and cleaned it up. Here it is “before”…

Jasco Tele-LiteIt’s a “Television Lamp” from the 1950’s, and used to sit atop my parents’ TV. Cute, yes. I don’t need to keep it, but now it’s relatively clean, so I’m tempted. eBay may be full of vintage TV lamps but, funny thing, with our modern razor-thin TVs there’s no place to put them.

Jasco Tele-Lite TV Lamp -- Griffith, Ind.

Jasco Tele-Lite TV Lamp — Griffith, Ind. Maybe it can find new purpose as a night-light.

Now, to bring this post full circle back to clocks, here’s another — this is a vintage Perivale Westminster Chimes clock, a souvenir from a past trip.

Perivale Westminster Chimes Clock

Perivale Westminster Chimes Clock

It’s attractive, but it’s a pain to keep wound, so right now it’s functioning as sculpture.

What should I do with all these circles?

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Happy Christmas Day, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

Christmas day is nearly over. Here’s a Dino-discovery from a neighborhood walk —

Christmas Dinosaur

Doesn’t every neighborhood need Christmas T-Rex?

… and a little something from the tree.

Christmas bubble lightsOur parents had bubble lights on the tree when we were growing up. Now my brother has some new ones in their honor.  I’ve downsized decorations along with everything else, so I just appreciate the ones that friends, family, and neighbors put up.

One more holiday: right now, we’re in the middle of winter Discardia (December 21 – January 9), so Happy Discardia folks, are you ready to reduce, reuse, and recycle?

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Vintage Kitchen Gadgets (and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering)

I made another swipe at unpacking basement boxes, and look what I came up with… a gathering of retro kitchen gadgets.

Vintage Kitchen Gadgets

West Bend Penguin Hot/Cold Server, Rival Ice-O-Matic Ice Crusher, and Juice-O-Matic Juicer

Don’t they look like they’re having a conversation? Then there’s what I think of as the Gort Factor (after my favorite robot, from The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951) — that sturdy and streamlined mid-century look. They do kind of look like little poseable robots. I know I can’t keep them, but out of guilt for hiding them so long, I polished them up and will do my best to find them good homes.

Meanwhile, Happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year. And, do you see that winter sunbeam playing on the edge of the table?  If you’re in the northern hemisphere, welcome back the light — Merry Solstice to all (11:48PM last night, EST).

Celebrating Ada Lovelace (and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!)

Ada Lovelace made me start hoarding magazines. Well, made me start keeping magazines that were already hoarded and packed in the basement…

1981 Computer Magazine - Ada Lovelace cover

Augusta Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852. The cover article here is about the programming language “Ada”, developed by the Dept of Defense, and named for her.

As for the Oops factor, Dec 10 was the 200th anniversary of Ada’s birth. I was planning to write this post then, but oops…

As the “first computer programmer” and the daughter of a poet (Lord Byron), she’s a natural bridge between my love of the arts and the profession that gave me a living and a retirement, not to mention many years of airline passes. And – bonus – she’s a woman! — but I won’t get into gender politics in the IT industry. Well, maybe just a little… here’s an excerpt from another magazine I found…

CTechnology and Society - Spring 2000

Technology and Society – Spring 2000

As for hoarding magazines, there were lots of old Smithsonian‘s in the same box (and many earlier boxes). I didn’t have trouble letting them go at first. There were so many, and they were packed along with hundreds of dense computer publications that I knew I’d never read, so the ones I found first were easy to donate.

Then I found Ada, and I’m down to the last few boxes of magazines. Now I can’t seem to let things go without reading them.

Cover: IEEE Annals Fall 2003

See? Still more magazines…

Is there a cure for this magazine-madness?

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Misericord Eyes, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy

It’s a busy day here for autumn clean-up outdoors, but I don’t want to miss the Eye Spy challenge.

Eyes - Misericord Amsterdam Oude Kerk

Three eyes and double noses: Misericord in Amsterdam’s Oude Kirk, the oldest building in Amsterdam.

When we toured the Oude Kirk in Amsterdam last year, we picked up a booklet that explained the misericord images.  A more organized Hoarder would know where she put it. As it is, the meaning will be a mystery for today.

Am I the last person in the neighborhood to get the autumn leaves cleaned up? Maybe. Now it’s post-and-run, and out for yard work. I want a clean driveway and full compost bins.

Wish me success?

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