Posts Tagged ‘painting’


Gray pride.

September 16, 2011

This week my Grandfather (Dad’s Dad) passed away.  He was raised in a coal mining town in Pennsylvania.  Like most of his generation, he fought in WWII.  The stories he told about his time in France were especially fascinating.

One of my favorites was about a time that he and two other men were separated from their unit in France.  They had a jeep and were driving frantically through some back country roads searching for any friendly forces.  As they drove through one small village they were swamped by a growing crowd that eventually pulled them from their jeep.  The people of this particular village thought that they were being liberated by the three lost Americans.  My Grandfather said that there was dancing, speeches, and an even an impromptu parade in their honor.  As none of the Americans spoke French and none of the villagers spoke English, they had to stay until the crowd thinned enough that they could drive on.

After WWII he came back to the states and found a job as a stock boy for Hallmark Cards.  He worked hard and managed to earn promotion after promotion in the company.  When he retired from the company in the 80’s he had earned the title of Vice President.  It isn’t often that someone moves from the lowest to one of the highest positions in a Fortune 500 corporation.

Not bad for a coal town kid with no formal education.


Who likes their BLTs with extra bacon?

August 3, 2011

I do.



Beware of prolonged exposure to PBS.

July 27, 2011

When we were first married, my wife and I lived in an area where we received only three TV stations:  ABC, Telemundo, and PBS.  Since ABC had a very fuzzy picture and neither of us speak fluent Spanish, PBS became our go-to station.  We spent the next several years watching nothing but shows like Masterpiece Theater, Mystery, and Antiques Roadshow.  We were never upset about it, but I can remember wishing that we at least had a few more options.

Now we live in a house where we get 100’s of cable channels.  Not only that, we can digitally record any program to watch at a more convenient time.  With all these choices, guess what fills up our DVR?

Masterpiece Theater, Mystery, and the occasional Antiques Roadshow


If you learn to juggle…

October 22, 2010

I actually can juggle fairly well.  I could juggle chainsaws, I just choose not to.


He is a master of the minimalist movement.

June 1, 2010

I’m not the biggest fan of modern art.  Actually, that is a pretty broad statement.  Let me clarify a little.  I can enjoy the interesting perspectives in a Picasso, or the random beauty of a Pollock.  However, I cannot enjoy looking at something I completely don’t understand (I’m looking at you Duchamp).

My wife still has nightmares about an art appreciation class she took as an undergrad.  I’m not exactly sure what the nightmares entail, but I’m guessing they involve fur-covered teacups (curse you Oppenheim!) and lots of performance art.

By the way, the nightmares are justified.  She completed her bachelor’s of science in molecular biology with only two grades that were not A’s.  One of them was art appreciation.


GI Tract Joe: the educational action figure.

May 9, 2010

Kids love fun so they demand nifty toys.  Moms like learning so they demand educational products.  Companies want to make money so they listen to these demands and create “educational” toys and games.

Moms of the world, we love you – but that doesn’t mean we love toys that make us work to play.  Now you know and knowing is half the battle.

Happy Mother’s Day.


Washington’s less famous false teeth.

May 2, 2010

I drew a Lincoln picture recently, so it was only fair that Washington got one too.  I saw a picture of his real dentures somewhere once.  Frankly, he would have been better off with the vampire fangs.


This power tie takes it to the next level.

April 25, 2010

Personally, I don’t wear ties very often.  I only wear them for weddings or funerals.  Odd that these two events are at opposite ends of the social spectrum, but they have the exact same dress code.  Hmmm.

I own two ties.  I actually only ever wear one of them because the other is very ugly.  I should give the ugly one away, but I can’t.  I’m not sure why.  It could be many reasons, but I think it could be because I need the illusion of choice.  Obviously I’ll never really wear the ugly tie, but as long as it is in the closet I could. Especially if I ever wear the really ugly shirt that also lives in the closet.


Raise your heart rate without exercise.

April 18, 2010

I’m not a big fan of soft drinks.  Especially the “colas.”  They are way too sweet for me.  The commercials always show people running or playing basketball and then chugging a Pepsi or Coke or whatever.

Personally, I don’t think my stomach could take that much sugar right after a workout.  It would… rebel.

If you are unlike me, and like soft drinks, then here is a possible benefit you might not have thought of.

You’re welcome.