Thursday, September 27, 2012

Are You Sure?

Beautiful See thru umbrella 4889

And on the Back: 

To you our valued customer, this is our way of celebrating our Anniversary with you.  Absolutely Free, nothing to buy.  No strings Attached.  This beautiful and expensive gift is yours, with No Purchase Required.  You must bring this card to the store personally yourself within 5 days, and pick up your valuable gift.  You do not have to buy anything.  ABSOLUTELY FREE.  Giant Furniture Warehouse.  463 W. Town St. Columbus, OH

There are 11 times on this card that it makes the point that the umbrella is free!  I guess they wanted to be sure you knew that!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Eat at Tommy's

Tommy's Restaurant, Beaufort, SC 5014
Time to eat out!  Let's stop at Tommy's in Beaufort, South Carolina this time.  Zagat's says the vibe is "pink cinderblock," but the "KC Steaks" are "good food," and the "regular meals" are only surpassed by the "spaghetti - chop suey combo."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sunday night.  These postcards are New Years' greeting cards from the early 1900's, published by the Williamsburg publishing company.  Each year I post a few of them from my collection of over 100.  Take a look at the others that I've posted earlier, as they are interesting artifacts of years past, no matter what religion you affiliate yourself with.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wagner's Ring Cycle

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Next week, on many PBS stations, the Great Performances series will be showing the new Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner's Ring Cycle.  It begins on Monday night with a documentary about the new production, including the set, which is a 45-ton machine consisting of 24 planks that seesaw back and forth and act as screens for projections which evoke the settings in the operas.  Some loved it; some hated it.  We saw the first three operas in the movie theater during the live HD broadcasts, and then saw the last, Gotterdammurung, at the Met Opera house in person.  The entire thing is an amazing musical work, of epic proportions.  We were glad to have seen it, but it is difficult to get your arms completely around.

If you're not busy for about 15 hours (for the operas, not including the documentary), check it out!  In the meantime, this week's post is a nice illustration of the final scene of the whole shebang, where Brunhilde (of "the opera's not over until the fat lady sings" fame) sets fire to the pyre which she will then ride into on horseback, killing herself after singing a 20-minute aria.  Enjoy!