Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Kentucky Derby

Part of the process of getting old in America is moving to smaller and smaller spaces with the concomitant winnowing of one's possessions.The bureau chief's mother is going through this process at the moment and various photos and papers have surfaced.

This is the official program for the 1936 Kentucky Derby. My forebears lived in Louisville, Kentucky and trips to Churchill Downs were part of the fabric of life. I like that the only two advertisements are for whiskey.

My maternal grandfather's careful numbers are on the left-hand page. Hopefully he was totaling winnings.

Bold Venture won the derby that year, in case you were wondering.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mennonite Donuts

Richmond VA has one exotic foodstuff, Mennonite Donuts, that as far as I know, is not available in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, the bureau chief did not have time to wait in the long line to purchase them.

But I have photographic evidence that they are definitely sold by Mennonites.

Unlike the Amish, the Mennonites have no problems with 21st Century technology.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cupid's Span

What could be more appropriate for wedding photos than Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's "Cupid's Span" which graces San Francisco's Embarcadero near the Bay Bridge. Click SVP.

A bride and groom and two photographers.

Positions please.


Some spectators were not impressed.

Meanwhile transient art floated in.