I watched Jack, my Jack Russell terrier, bury the handle of his lead in the dirt today, while he was attached to the pet hitching post at Mash Cafe, Glenbrook. The doggy theory, I guess, was that if he couldn't *see* the handle, then he was free!
When that failed to work, he simply bit through the lead and trotted over to join me at my table. Mmmmmm.
Miss Playtrek has waved goodbye to chilly Pennsylvania (and Chuck) before heading off to sunny Puerto Rico.
Here is Miss Playtrek visiting a local school house built in 1837. Hopefully before the end of the week she will has the proper clothes for this climate.
"1837: Quakers Richard and Mary Edge Pim construct a stone hexagonal schoolhouse to begin the early education of their 9 children. The unique 75 ton structure is located along Edge Lane until it is relocated to Municipal Drive in 1968."
Chester County was very fortunate to be blessed with many creeks and steams that the early settlers use to power grist mill, paper mills and even steel mills.
Miss Playtrek is along Dorlin Forge, which had a paper mill as long ago as 1830.
Along the Brandywine.
Despite the hazards of fire, flood, and foreign competition Chester County's infant paper industry of 1800 has in 150 years, become an important segment of our contemporary economy. The Brandywine can still be a quite and tranquil place even during the winter months.
Before Miss Playtrek took up accommodations in her selected mode of travel, she had a last look at part of Chuck's collection. She kept asking, "Who is that person?", pointing at TOS Uhura - and Chuck really didn't know how to answer her.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to director Jeannot Swarc's commentary on his film, "Somewhere in Time", on DVD today.
The year I was doing casual teaching (1981), I often had Wednesdays off - and would go to the double feature at the ol' Mecca Theatre in Hurstville. Free coffee at intermission - and two amazing films. Saw some brilliant stuff that year!
Coincidentally, the theatre was right next door to the CES office where I had to hand in my unemployment forms, and that was a mere formality since I was getting too much work to qualify for any monetary benefits.
The February 2010 issue of the teacher-librarians' professional journal, "Scan" (vol 29 no 1) features a photograph I took on my iPhone late last year, as we were wrapping up the Bear and Chook books rap at school. Note the presence of a ubiquitous Bear and Chook in the lower left hand corner.
Today's pic is a photo of some favourite old photos.
I finally got around to framing my 1992 Central Park, New York "Alice in Wonderland" statue pics a few years ago, and finally found a place to hang them a few weeks ago. Until then they'd been cluttering a corner, and getting moved around the floor every time I vacuumed.
At about ten to midnight, I realised I needed a subject for my 365 Photos project, and well, here it is. Click on the link above about to see the actual pics.
A shadow box of memorabilia from Luna Park. Centre: large clown sticker from the day of the 1981 auction at Milson's Point, Sydney; metal ride token from 1935-1981, other metal tokens and rubber badge are from 2000s; the lower right wooden face is of Luna Park, Melbourne.
Here are some b/w photographs of mine, taken during a day at Luna Park in 1973:
Tumblebug Davy Jones' Locker Mirror Maze
Brother Keith and cousin Alison on the Cha Cha Entrance to Coney Island
Mmmmm. My Jack Russell just coughed up a piece of purple rubber ball which he devoured exactly a month ago. The ball was originally labeled indestructible - and well, it did survive a long time, both as a ball and inside Jack.
I awoke this morning to discover that this blog had been deluged with spam comments. Ick.
As I methodically removed the intrusive comments and their identical, hyperlinked, Chinese characters, I realised that their computer had targeted fifteen of my most popular blog posts. Andorians, JJ Abrams' "Star Trek" movie, View-Masters, Smurfs, fibreglass sheep, the "Free Hugs" guy, colour blindness, fan films, Sorry Day, audio books, "Number 96" DVDs, customised action figures, Youtube video clips, "Star Trek" and even more "Star Trek"!
In the pursuit of turning lemons into lemonade, here are my Asian Spammers' Top 15!
My authentic Aenar Andorian antennae, from the "Star Trek: Enterprise" episode, "The Aenar", were purchased from the William Shatner online store - and arrived in today's mail! I've actually had the glass dome here for several years. I bought it from a second hand shop and have been looking for something precious to fill it with!
Coincidentally, the antennae arrived on the same day as Tarah of Andor!
Barbie Uhura, winner of "Miss Playtrek 2009", commenced her world tour of Earth a few weeks ago. Here she was in Sydney, Australia, at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to celebrate Australia Day, January 2010.
From Sydney, she winged her way (in the cargo hold) to Columbus, Georgia, in the USA. According to Playtrekker, Freddy Heller, Miss Playtrek loved the snow "storm" they had (3 inches) while she was there, and wanted her picture taken at Columbus' most famous resident company.
Miss Playtrek at the world headquarters of AFLAC!
Miss Playtrek shows off her visitors' entrance.
OOPS! Her top came off!!
After a very teary farewell, the Toast of Columbus boarded a plane and is on her way to a city in Pennsylvania! Freddy reports that it was a tough goodbye because Miss Playtrek began having feelings for the AFLAC duck. (At one point she threatened to chain herself to the gate.)
Farewell Miss Playtrek and have a good time in the Keystone State!!
Coming home rather late after a day of heavy rainfall.13 February 2010.
A lone portulaca has sprouted and flourished on the edge of the gutter in the front yard. They've been self-seeding in the back yard for several years but none emerged this year. Somehow this tiny, lone seed made it into the front.14 February 2010.
It seems appropriate that a prehistoric Wollemi pine's pot should harbour a very prehistoric-looking toadstool!15 February 2010.
By the way, did you realise that someone has dredged up "Oocities", a resurrection of Geocities' files? Any site you wanted to find from the good ol' days, just replace "Geo" with "Oo" in the URL - and you should be able to find the old pages.
Otherwise known as "Therin of Andor", Ian McLean has had an active association with "Star Trek" and science fiction media fandom in Australia since 1980. Before then he was an avid fan of the "Batman" TV series (60s) and the Australian TV classic, "Number 96" (70s).