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old gold

If anybody ever asks you what people mean when they talk about “old gold”, just tell them it’s the color of the gilding in Rapp and Rapp’s marvelous Chicago Theater, built in the 1920s. Pretty sure that’s Apollo and the … Continue reading

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color of the day

Just washing the dishes, watching baseball, and thinking about writing  just four or five sentences about something true. You know how it is when you wash a wine glass that had red wine in it but never got rinsed? And … Continue reading

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overheard at the chinese buffet

Overheard over lunch at the Chinese buffet this afternoon, and written in my notebook, a very Midwestern sentence: “I can go out and find an eighteen point buck walking in the woods faster than I can find my wife in … Continue reading

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french translations from the dollar store

Happy October.  Thanks to the upcoming holiday and the marketing policy of the better dollar stores, who wish to sell all their finest seasonal products to our bilingual neighbors to the North, we have an unprecedented opportunity to improve our … Continue reading

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dust pans on parade

Today at Menards, an assortment of “High Power”dust pans.  (The red one is described as a “Big Dust Pan” and costs a buck more.) Plus, square “U” bolts!  They are made of zinc, as are the regular U shaped “U” … Continue reading

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the language(s) of insects

A (presumably) English speaking neighborhood butterfly perched on our  (surprisingly) French speaking 70 gallon Toter trash container. (That’s a “wheelie bin” to some of you.) In whatever language we use every day, we are instructed to keep the lid closed. … Continue reading

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mismatched mulch

Oops! Some of this mulch is Absolute Black and some is Radiant Black.  Which bags will our neighbors take back?  Or will they combine the two for a subtle, toned effect? Somewhere there is someone who is earning his or … Continue reading

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football talk 2

More football talk from those great British commentators.   This entry features some examples of the crisp and concise school, taken from that very interesting game between England and Iceland that ended the round of sixteen at this year’s Euro … Continue reading

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football talk 1

The best thing about watching international level football (soccer, to Americans, aka Association football, aka The Beautiful Game) is catching a game being covered by the old school British commentators. These guys have seen thousands of games in person and … Continue reading

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of yellow flowers and laziness

I saw this small yellow flower. It is a kind of weed. I don’t know what it is, and I will look it up. But right now it is hot and I feel lazy, so it is just a small … Continue reading

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