Monday, September 27, 2010

Another visit home

A year or so ago in the winter we took a trip back to my hometown in NY. While up there, we visited Taughannock Falls State Park.
Here are the falls in their frozen glory that winter. Recently we revisited those falls in the warmer weather.

What a difference a season can make. My sister said it's been a dry summer thus the falls are not as heavy with water as they must have been that winter when they froze.

Here are the films we took each season:

Taughannock State Park, Trumansburg, New York, near Cayuga Lake (winter).

Taughannock State Park, Trumansburg, New York, near Cayuga Lake (summer).

In addition to the shots from different seasons, here are some shots I found interesting. These old wheel rims were on my sister P's property. I love the artistry in the hubs on these wheels. Each one is different and I wondered whether the differences had any structural purpose.

M wanted to pick apples while we were in NY. She was really wanting the Fall experience.

We also made time to visit with family. Of course my sister P still lives there, my sister D drove in from Massachusetts. Here we are overlooking our hometown, with my sister D's granddaughter in front of her.

The leaves were just at the beginning stages of wanting to turn, but it was enough to make M happy.

We sat and enjoyed the view of Cayuga Lake that was too cold to enjoy for long last time we were up.

When we went to pick apples, the apple farm had a huge swampy area that was completely covered in lillies. It was gorgeous.

I was happy and surprised to get these shots because it was so sunny that day and the sun was reflecting off the water into my face so I couldn't see either the video screen on the camera or what I was taking a picture of through the viewfinder.

The rest of these shots were taken on the trails hiking up to the Taughannock Falls. There were both shady and sunny parts of the trails. The riverbed was nearly dry from the dry summer. Still there were wild raspberries along the way and one really nice shock of Fall colors.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)

I just finished watching With Six You Get Eggroll, starring Doris Day, and Brian Keith in the lead roles. I turned the t.v. to the Turner Classic Movies channel while grading to have some sound in the background without getting distracted. Okay, so that didn't work.

This movie is about a widow and her 3 sons, plus a widower and his daughter. It's a Brady Bunch, Yours, Mine, Ours storyline of two people trying to blend their families and the ridiculous situations that come of that before they all unite as a family. It was very predictable and okay as character development goes, it probably wouldn't have been so distracting had I not kept noticing actors in the movie who later went on to greater roles.

First I saw a very young George Carlin, in his first ever movie role. He played a very sarcastic car hop at the drive in.

Next I saw Jamie Farr playing a flower child hippie. Remember Farr as Klinger on M.A.S.H.?

Just as quickly as I recognized Farr, I next saw William Christopher (Father Mulcahey from M.A.S.H.) standing right next to him.

Next up was character actor, Allan Melvin, in the role of a police officer (He would later play Sam the Butcher from The Brady Bunch and Barney Heffner in All In The Family).

Next up was Vic Tayback (owner of Mel's Diner in the series Alice) playing a disgruntled truck driver.

Alice Ghostley was in there playing the housekeeper. Since Bewitched began in 1964 and this movie was shot in 1968, I guess she was already starring in Bewitched as the addle-brained Esmeralda.

Then the last one that I just couldn't place while the movie was running, was a very young Barbara Hershey playing the teenaged daughter of Brian Keith's character. All in all, an enjoyable enough movie, but don't have it playing in the background if you don't have time to be distracted.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Be Happy

I keep meaning to get to a new post but what with the jobs, politics, traveling, and social activities, I'm too brain dead by the end of the night to post anything.

All I can think of right now, besides a nap, is mindlessly watching things that make me happy. Enjoy!

Opening skit for the 2010 Emmys.

In addition to being tired and just wanting to zone. I've been seeing look-alike actors again. Have any of you noticed the similarities between these guys?

Christopher Lambert of the Highlandermovies

Thomas Jane from HBO's Hung

James Badge Dale from AMC's Rubicon

Matthew Morrison from Glee

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to school

So school started back for me last Tuesday, but nothing ever really gets going that first week because we know drop/add isn't complete and everyone goes off for a long Labor Day weekend. So today is when all the work and lectures begin. I've got an overload schedule this semester so I am teaching an extra class. Here's hoping my voice holds out over 5 hours of lectures. Hopefully I won't make as big a mess of it as Mr. Bean.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Goodby Earl!

So we went out for our usual Thursday night gathering with friends and even though this picture doesn't do it justice, the sunset was gorgeous and kept changing colors until it got dark. I don't know if it was because of the cold front pushing in or Earl off the coast, but it was beautiful. So Earl is far enough off shore that it's not going to be a big deal for Maryland. I think part of Massachusetts might still get a bit of it, but we're fine here. M and I are heading up to NY this weekend to see my sis, P and my other sis, D, is also coming to town for the weekend from Massachusetts. Good time to leave town for her. So I will be back around on Monday to check out your blogs. Hope you have a lovely Labor Day weekend.