Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Washington Park Boathouse

I know I have posted a photograph of Denver's Washington Park Boathouse many times, but since it is my blog, after all, I will once again post it today.  It was built as part of Denver's City Beautiful project at the beginning of the 20th century and was completed in 1913.  Ever since it was renovated in 2012, it has been used as an event space, and can be rented for weddings, bar mitzvahs, celebrating the installation of a new Pope, etc. It is definitely located on a beautiful site, and if a goose dinner is on the menu for your event, you are in luck.  The park has thousands of them. Check out the web site at

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Portrait Of A Squirrel

Yes, I have finally hit rock bottom, featuring a photograph of a squirrel going through a trash can in Washington Park here in Denver. But I must say, there are a lot of varied opinions about squirrels.  A former co-worker at the Tattered Cover Bookstore refers to them as "tree rats." My sister Susan, who has about 100 or so bird feeders on her Fort Collins patio, originally complained about how they were taking so much of the food meant for birds, but has since expressed the opinion that "they have to eat, too." As for me, I am just happy if they are willing to pose for the camera, like the squirrel in the photo above.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Susan And Sonny Man

The photograph above was taken of my sister Susan and "Sonny Man" around 1944, when my father was in the army and in training in Abilene, Texas. My sister and mother Mary took the train there from Chicago to visit him before he shipped out to Okinawa. Susan - I have been told by various confidential sources - was a bit of a terror when she was young, and Sonny Man was deathly afraid of her.  A friend of my father's who was a photographer persuaded Susan to give Sonny Man a big hug.  I have to admit that Sonny Man does seem a bit apprehensive, if not downright terrified.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

An Historic Denver Landmark

I took the above photograph of the Downing Street Waiting Station (bus stop) during one of my recent bike rides to downtown Denver and back.  I remembered that it was very historic, but when I googled it to get more details, nothing came up.  I was actually forced to take down my copy of historian Tom Noel's book Buildings of Colorado to get the details (it's formal name and the date of construction, which was 1904).  I am not sure what form of transportation they had around here back then, but suspect it was not nearly as comfortable as today.  We all have a tendency to romanticize the past, but I don't think I would want to go back to those days (unless of course I could be 18 again, but that goes without saying).

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Serious Play

I went to the Denver Art Museum (The DAM) the other afternoon to see the latest exhibits on display, and sad to say I was pretty underwhelmed by the experience.  The big new event is titled "Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America." It explores the playfulness in design that took place in America after the horrors of World War II.  You would think I would like it, since this is the period that I grew up in, but it kind of left me cold.  This is art?  To me it is just an exhibit of old household objects, but keep in mind that I am now a curmudgeon. And very changeable.  Some days I can tour an exhibit and hate it, and return another day in a different mood and love it.  Technically speaking, I think that is called insanity.

The big story at the museum as far as I am concerned is that the renovation of the North Building (the Gio Ponti Building) is definitely taking shape.  The new main entrance for the building can be seen in the photograph on the right, although I have no idea how much of the interior remodeling has been completed.  I have a keen interest in the progress of this project, since once it began, the free buffet table at the monthly Final Friday events was discontinued, since the kitchens at the museum were in a part of the building that was demolished.  And once the renovation of the building is complete, will the free buffet tale return?  It better.  If you think the "Yellow Jacket" protests in Paris are something, just see what happens in Denver if free food at the DAM is eliminated.  It makes me shudder to think about it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May Snow In Fort Collins

I was up in Fort Collins last week, and had some time on my hands, and so decided to drive through City Park in that very pleasant Northern Colorado (NoCo) city.  It was a chilly day, raining off and on throughout the day, but when I got to the park, it started snowing very heavily, nothing unusual for Colorado in May, but still a shock to the system.  It certainly didn't seem to bother the geese, who either ignored the inclement weather or actually seemed to relish it.  And driving around the park, I learned one very important thing - the old trolley line that used to serve the city had been reactivated (and not recently, either), and runs from downtown Fort Collins to City Park and back on the weekends during the spring and summer.  One more thing to add to my bucket list.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Watching Leeds Beat Derby With Mark

My friend Mark invited me over to his place to watch a soccer playoff game between Leeds and Derby,  a series that will determine who will move up the the English Premier League (England's top soccer league) from the Championship League, the AAA league of British soccer. Happily, Leeds won the match 1 to nill, as they say.  The two teams meet again for one more game to see who moves up to the final playoff game. Afterwards I took the photograph of Mark on the left in his brother Mike's garden.  Mike works at the Denver Botanical Gardens, and is as obsessed with plants as Mark is with soccer.  Hard to believe, but true.