Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The image is from the 07-November-1903 San Francisco Call.
Today we went to Half Moon Bay to do some shopping. It got windy in the afternoon. The Advent Wreath was up in church.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Today the family came downtown with me when I went to work. They shopped, met me for lunch at Chevys, and then went to see A Christmas Carol. There was a burst of heavy rain while they were at the movie. By the time they were done, I was able to leave. We walked up to Macy's so I could see the animals in the windows. Then we decided to head home.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We got to watch cars being unloaded for the International Auto Show.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I took this on 18-July-2009.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The image is from a wonderful site called Cover Browser: http://www.coverbrowser.com/
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I took the photo on 01-July-2007. It shows Lincecum on the mound, with second baseman Ray Durham and first baseman Ryan Klesko.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Robb Nenn was a brilliant closer who helped the Giants reach the playoffs regularly.
Kirk Reuter, Woody, was a smart left-handed pitcher who was loved by fans and teammates.
I took the photo on 29-September-2008 (3075).
It started raining while I was on my way home today.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
It was clear and cold today. I saw a blimp over downtown.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is the 91st anniversary of Armistice Day. There are three surviving veterans, one from the UK, one from Canada, and one from the US.
My daughter and I had the day off, so we took a drive to Half Moon Bay to get lunch. We ate at Subway then visited Bay Books and the Hallmark store.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The East German poster is from the German Historical Museum in Berlin (http://www.dhm.de/sammlungen/plakate/bestand.html).
Monday, November 9, 2009
While serving as editor of Manufacturer and Builder Magazine, he wrote many articles, including the ones which gave this blog its name. In 1893 and 1894, he published a 23-part (!) memoir in the same periodical. Here is the twenty-second part. He continues to talk about his experiences with the calliope.
The steam-powered calliope was the high-tech musical instrument of its day.
The image shows a record album, "On Board the Armenia", recorded by a group called Calliope Fair. I wonder if the album name was inspired by the North River steamer on which the doctor performed.
When he refers to the "The Echo Waltz," I wonder if he means "The Mountain Echo Waltz" by T. Bricher, which was published in 1847.
Reminiscences of an Active Life.
BY DR. P. H. VAN DER WEYDE.
From Manufacturer and Builder, Volume 26, Issue 10, October 1894
9. Career as a Musician.-- My performances on the calliope made it very popular, resulting in one of the North River steamers -- the Armenia -- being provided with such an instrument. It was placed on the upper deck, while the key-board and performer were placed below on the main deck, which was a good arrangement, as he then was under shelter, and was not so near to the strong, loud steam whistles, which could be heard for miles around along the river shore and hills of the romantic Hudson. It made the boat very popular, and a regular daily performer was engaged, who, unfortunately, did not understand the correct style of performance, above referred to. As I had neither the desire nor the time to sail daily up and down the river, I let him have his position, and only occasionally took a trip, when I always received a welcome, especially from the crew of the boat, who soon became tired of the limited repertoire of the regular performer, while the captain of the boat asked me to bring a few friends with me, when he would give us dinners and lodging for the trip up and down the river, all free of charge, for the pleasure of hearing me play.
I need not say that I made a free use of this privilege for the benefit of my friends, especially some newly-arrived artists who had never seen the noble Hudson river, and appreciated very much the privilege I could occasionally give them without cost to myself, and also for the benefit of our health.
I noticed with pleasure the joy I created among the crew of the boat when they noticed my coming on board in the morning.
I might add that I discovered some very fine echos (sic – JT) from the rocks at several places along the river, and made liberal use of them. Among the musical novelties of the day was a waltz called “The Echo Waltz,” in which I did not imitate the echo, as was intended by the composer, but let the echo itself do its duty naturally, to the great delight of the people on board. Of course, those on shore heard nothing of the echo.
(To be Continued.)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I was worried when it rained yesterday, but today was clear and a bit cold. Good weather for walking.
We were eucharistic ministers at mass.
Friday, November 6, 2009
It rained today.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Bay Bridge reopened this morning.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The photo comes from the Library of Congress' wonderful American Memory site (http://memory.loc.gov/). DN-0057541, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
Last night we had pizza at Goodfellas, a new place in the Park Mall. It was cold with all the people going in and out, but the pizza was good. If we had gotten a table over by the fireplace, it would have been warmer. We'll do it again.
On a large television, they were showing Night of the Living Dead with closed captioning on. I liked "Aaaaargh."
When we got back, we did not get many trick-or-treaters.