There's nothing better than friendship. My sweet pal Megan just sent me a diorama she made herself. It's dedicated to this concept. Isn't it nice?!
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Back in the 1920s a British company named Brough Superior made beautiful vintage motorcycles. It's the bike T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") rode and died on. The company went out-of-business in the 1930s. There are very few BR bikes still around; one was recently auctioned for half a million dollars.
I find the style of these bikes very appealing. An authentic BR is more expensive than I want to pay; plus, a 100-year old motorcycle is going to be mechanically unreliable. Fortunately I just discovered a small American company in Indiana (Janus) is producing a limited number of hand-made motorcycles. They look like BRs but possess more modern technology. Their new model is called the Halcyon. The Halcyon has a relatively small engine (450cc) but the bike, at only 350 lbs., benefits from its weight/power ratio and can hit 90 mph.
I don't NEED another motorcycle but there's something to be valued in romance. This bike tugs at my heart. Can you see its beauty?
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Last night I rode my motorcycle to dinner with friends, one of whom snapped a photo of me when I wasn't looking. I didn't see the picture until this morning. Honestly I'm shocked -- who's that old guy?!
It's sad to realize there's a wide gulf between our mental image of ourselves and empirical reality. The first picture is what I thought I look like (42 and hale). The second, taken yesterday, is reality (63 and creaky).
At least I don't ride any slower than I used to. :)
Sunday, June 13, 2021
The last time I bought clothing was in 2019. It seemed senseless to shop last year. When would I wear anything nice?
Well, those days are over. Now that we're out and about again, I want to look nice.
So I fired up the old computer and headed to that haven of style: Fluevog.com. I found a chic pair of shoes in an unusual color I've never worn before. And the shoes are individually hand-painted by humans, not sprayed by a machine.
What do you think?
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
I'm walking around my neighborhood today and spot a garage sale. Curious, I peer at the wares. As usual, 98% of it is crap. But I spy a little camera box tucked in the back. Inside, with original instructions and packaging, is an Imperial Satellite 127 in perfect condition. I doubt it's ever been used. The simple shutter mechanism works like new.
The camera takes 127-roll film which is very obscure today. Only one company in the world makes it (in Japan). Fortunately I already have several rolls of 127 film for my mid-century Kodak Brownie cameras.
The Imperial Satellite 127 was made in the 1960s by Braun, a respected German company. The Satellite name and graphic design tapped into that era's fascination with space exploration.
Holding this historical treasure in my hands I approached the grandma in charge and asked how much she wants for the camera. She looks puzzled and replies, "Umm... How about five dollars?"
DEAL! What a fun new toy to play with! For five dollars!
Saturday, June 5, 2021
This dish with an exotic name is actually very simple. It's an eggplant spread using ingredients similar to hummus (e.g., tahini, lemon juice, garlic). I add smoked paprika and sea salt for seasoning.
Baba Ganoush is perfect for easy Summer dining. Make it early and break out pita or other bread. BG can be tailored to personal taste: I enjoy mine with a little caviar sprinkled on top!