When you were a kid

Do you remember as far back as kindergarten? I’m sure you remember the movie Kindergarten cop starring Arnold Schwarzenegger do think those kids typify kids that age then, now or when you were a kid?

I taught Sunday School kindergarten about the time the movie was filmed and I can say I had some kids that were spot on to the ones in the movie. In particular we had a princess like one in the film. And I learned early on not to leave the room unattended.

I recall my kindergarten days as my first close encounter with kids I didn’t know, my first group environment, nap-time and I loved the chocolate milk. It was a good preparation for grade school.

The film was shot in Astoria, Oregon where a number of other films were done on location over the years. We were there this year for vacation, Astoria has great architecture, an old town close community feeling and of course the ships coming in for loading products like tuna etc. If you ever make it up to the great northwest look it up.

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Design is Everything

The very profound statement above is on the outside of the building of an Architect I know. It’s true all you have to do is look at history and architecture tells the story of the time. The architecture reflects the heart and soul of the people not just through shelter, peace but reveals their spirit.

Architectural design isn’t the only kind of design. I also work with interior designers and their design often not only makes a statement sometimes it screams their point. Design is in nearly everything. Cars, clothes, homes, basic things in nature like a snowflake for example. No two snowflakes are exactly alike in design. Speaking of snow did you see Colorado got snow again just the other day?

Mother nature is amazing. I mean why is it that we find our world in its raw unaltered state is so beautiful and amazing? Take the wonders of the world for example, true some of them are man-made but the Grand Canyon is just that a grand thing to behold. Here we are on planet earth so why is it that we find all we know about other planets to be so undesirable?

I’m just saying take time out of your busy schedule to stop and smell the roses. Take in all the beauty you can if you don’t someday it may be too late.

Independence

All too many Americans take our freedom and independence for granted. This holiday people will perhaps give a thought to what it really means to be free. Yesterday I met with an architect that told me about his recent trip to Havana, Cuba. He said it was a real eye opener for him.

Yes, about 80% of the cars are from the 1950’s but that’s because the country is stuck in that time period. Of course you know its a Socialist country and many of the people work in the government. It was shocking to hear that the average take home pay per week regardless of your vocation was $25. How would you make ends meet with $25?

When you change your currency over to the “tourist” cash which has buildings pictured on it you lose 15%. Now the locals are paid with their own currency with pictures of their leaders and it’s worth less than the tourist money.

I’ve been doing some research on my ancestors and I’m glad to say I’ve found many of my great grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary War. I also have grandfathers that fought in the World Wars and grandmothers that pitched in at home. I’m also thankful for my relatives and uncles that were in the armed forces at other times.

When I saw this plane right here in town I had to snap a picture for it reminded me of one uncle that was in the Air force in the Black Forest in Germany and lives on the west coast as was another that was stationed in Guam. Thank all you veterans that have and are serving our country.

Retro look part 2

Who hasn’t visited a “50” diner? I am amazed that these are still flourishing. The tables, booths and accessories reflect the era where America started to travel coast to coast. Along Route 66 you will find even more as the famous cross-country highway boasts it’s past. Blast from the past music.

I was a representative for Formica for years and Formica still has the “boomerang” pattern that graced those diners in the 1950’s. This pattern was revolutionary at the time and Formica paid a famous Industrial Engineer a $1 million retainer to develop this design. At the time it was available in a dozen colors but these days it’s only a couple of offerings.

The flooring was tile and often featured a black and white pattern while the tables had a metal edge. Today the edge is strictly for looks but back in the day the edge was functional for the Formica adhesives were not as advanced as today and would let go allowing the edges to curl up.

More history to come.

Yesterday

I was on a trip just over a week ago to New Mexico. I ate at some interesting restaurants but this one in Albuquerque part of the Fuddruckers chain had some antique items in the store.

The above brought back very old memories for me. It’s a vintage Coke vending machine. Many of you probably never saw anything like this. This is an early 1960’s machine that refrigerated 12 or 16 once bottles. You put the dime in and it would release the levers holding the bottles. You opened the door pulled out the bottle and used the bottle opener for your refreshment.

Vending machines changed again in the 70’s and again in the 80’s until you finally have the modern day can dispenser. Pepsi had the same machine but Coke was the real thing.

The biggest winter storm in years

The thing about Arizona is you typically don’t get all the seasons-not this year. I’ve lived here half of my life and I’ve never seen anything like the gigantic storm that covered our state for over an entire week.

March definitely is coming in like a roaring Lion.

This same storm has now reached the midwest where I’ve already warned people I know back there to prepare for perhaps the worst storm in decades. The National Weather Service not only predicts a lot of snow but below zero temperatures throughout the center of the country for the beginning week of March.

Be prepared, sincere warm wishes.

Super Bowl -Predetermined?

I know a majority of the country is shocked to see this year’s Super Bowl with the Rams versus the Patriots. The officiating in both games was perhaps the worst in playoff history and both games went overtime and both home teams lost.

In the Rams and Saints game at the very end of the game, the Rams committed a flagrant (no call) what should have been two call fouls. First, the Rams cornerback made head jarring helmet contact with the receiver. The second call should be because it was before the ball got to the receiver-textbook pass interference.

The Patriots were virtually not penalized while the Chiefs were the focus of the refs. They reversed a muffed punt by New England late in the game and the roughing the passer call against Kansas City enabled the Patriots to win the game.

Of course, commissioner Goodell was present at the Patriots game. Was the game orchestrated behind the scenes?

School of Rock

The movie School of Rock was a great flick. Jack Black was true to form and I can’t think of anyone that could have played the role better. It started a revolution in the movie and eventually started one in the real world.

I first saw a School of Rock store in Tempe, Arizona but has since spread all over the valley and over the country including ten other countries. Just like the movie, you can learn to play an instrument or learn to sing and I believe have the chance to eventually perform in a concert if you’re good enough.

If you haven’t seen the movie I strongly recommend it for a good laugh. Joan Cusack also stars in the movie and if you like classic rock this “rocks” as Black does a decent job of doing It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll made famous by AC DC.

Election 2016 vs. 2018

This is being hailed as the “Most Important mid-term election ever.” Why? The answer depends on which side of the fence you’re on. Some may even say it depends on which side of the wall.

When people say they’ll vote or try to vote or want to vote, how many times do they actually vote? This time more are predicted to turn out possibly than ever before because you can’t complain if you don’t vote.

On the one side of the fence; You cannot look back on past losses or mourn them for too long in the public eye. Why because many of your sympathizers will leave you eventually. Looking at the past is always a loss. If you don’t take the basic step of showing up at the polls to make your voices heard, you hardly have a chance.

From the other side the current administration has the slogans “Drain the swamp;  Make America great again; and “Democrats create mobs, Republicans create jobs.” Haters should remember that there is some truth to every side of an argument. The North Korea threat has at last been neutralized, veterans were finally brought home after 65 years! The economy is the best it has been in decades business is booming from coast to coast. ISIS has been decimated-all positive.

It is an important election. Maybe its like how every Geico commercial tells you to “switch now and see how much you can save?” Regardless, if you’re a registered voter, by all means, do so. Our veterans shed their blood to give you that right.

Decoration season has begun

Happy Halloween!

At least for me, Halloween kicks off the holidays season. Who’s with me?

Here are some seldom known Halloween facts for you.  All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, is celebrated today the 31st of October. The Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day starts the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, it’s the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed.

You may know that many of the Halloween traditions originated in Britain and Ireland from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Many believe that Halloween began as a Christian holiday dating to about 1745 with the origin meaning hallowed or holy evening.

So tuck that away somewhere in your useless trivia details.

Anyway, as you take in all the decorations and begin the takedown remember to keep the Christmas lights handy. One more question; how many set-up decorations for Thanksgiving? Speaking of which nobody can ever be too thankful for all the blessings they have received. Things we take for granted are pie in the sky in other parts of the world.