Travel Theme: Colorful

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Breckinridge, Colorado

Kid's ride, Jinan

Kid’s ride, Jinan

Buddhist Stupa, Thailand

Buddhist Stupa, Thailand

Strawberry pie

Strawberry pie

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Each week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? challenges bloggers with a creative word. This week we’re to post photos inspired by “Colorful.”

What do you find inviting? If you want to join the fun, follow these steps:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Colorful
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
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Check out Where’s My Backpack for more photos interpreting “Colorful.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Shandong Art Museum

Shandong Art Museum

Palace, South Korea

Palace, South Korea

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Chicago Skyscaper

Chicago Skyscraper

 

1. Each week, we’ll prov ide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (daily post)

 

What’s the Consensus?

It’s odd being off in China when all this news about Bill Cosby has broken. My friends and I don’t know what to think. What’s true? What isn’t? It’s a he said, she, she and she said situation.

The internet can offer so much information, but is it good? Is it reliable?

What made this come out now?

I welcome civilized comments.

Sepia Saturday

This week’s prompt is of a silhouette artist preparing to create some silhouettes. Thus I thought I’d see what silhouettes I could find.

First the Library of Congress had this one of a debutante lighting a cigarette by a window. She looks like someone out of The Great Gatsby, doesn’t she?

Debutante, 1920

Debutante, 1920

The Library of Congress also has some paper silhouettes (i.e. not photos) such as these of Gerry Mulligan’s parents. (Mulligan was a jazz musician.)

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Price Check

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I wanted to like Price Check starring Posey Parker, but it was just unwatchable. The plot revolves around a dull pricing department filled with people who slog through their lives getting a new vivacious department head with no common sense. She shakes up these folks,  particularly a man who’s content to just lay low in his life. This guy’s married with a young son and his home life seems fine. The film tries to be zany and stir people up so they “live it up!” I really felt it was a poor copy of Office Space or The Office with less heart, laughs and satire. I stopped watching after 25 minutes when Parker’s character invited herself to the man’s son’s Halloween party at school and took the stage. I knew that Parker is seen to be someone with trouble with boundaries, but I just felt “so what?”

Price Check will not endure the way Chaplin’s The Kid or Modern Times has.

Bad Part of the Day

After a wonderful day, I was about to start doing some school work and checking my emails, when I felt a drop on my head. How strange as I’m indoors.

I looked up and saw:

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 Oh, no.

I call our liaison. No answer. I text. No answer. I turn off and unplug all the electronics nearby. I call again. I go to one of my neighbors as I’m getting antsy waiting and need to tell someone.

Thirty minutes later, I get a text saying someone else will come over.

Ten minutes later help arrives. We all go upstairs to the empty apartment. There doesn’t seem to be any problem. We call my neighbor across the wall, but he’s out. The Foreign Affairs helper goes to get the key for the empty apartment next to the one above me. There she discovers his radiator has burst. She turns off the water somehow.

Meanwhile my neighbor returns and finds all sorts of belongings are soaked. He’s got more water damage than I do.

Well, it was an exciting end to an otherwise good day.

By the way, that’s the fifth water problem we’ve had this year.

Good Part of the Day

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Most of today was good, very good. I don’t have to teach on Thursdays, which has been delightful. I like getting a chance to catch my breath during the week.

Since my students have to visit a museum, I visited the Jinan Art Museum so I’d know about the works they may write about. The exhibits this time, weren’t stellar, or I should say there were fewer great paintings and many seemed like students’ work, but it was a nice way to spend the morning. I thought it was cool that one artist captured the Chinese astronauts with ink, a medium that I associate with older, more traditional paintings.

Child. Oil

Child. Oil

Astronaut. Chinese Ink

Astronaut. Chinese Ink

Landscape. Chinese Ink

Landscape. Chinese Ink 

I figured out how to get the buses home and along the way stopped for a quick lunch before meeting friends to check out a new café not too far from campus. We just had to walk over the big bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and we got to a very chic café, where a few students from our university work.

I was quite happy with my iced coffee drink (though I think they gave me the wrong one). In fact, all three of us got the wrong order the first time we were served, but they got things right in the end.

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Then I had to go downtown to get some art paper for a project my first class will do tomorrow and to get a shirt I had my eye on that’s on sale. (But today’s the last day of the sale so I was lucky to have the time to get to town.) Riding the bus I got to learn more of the adventures of Denise in Au Bonheurs des Dames (a.k.a The Paradise) and Ethel in His Second Wife. I’m at a shocking part of the both stories!

The pace of the day was just right. I’d gotten prepared for tomorrow’s classes, at no point did I have to rush and I had time for fun and enrichment.

All went well . . . until it didn’t.

But then things went pear-shaped . . . .

Basketball

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I’m going to find out about getting tickets.

Originally posted on Jinan Daily Photo:

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Evidently, this is the Shandong basketball team’s starting line up.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

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Coming from the Midwest of the US, I’m reluctant to go on and on about my achievements. I suppose managing to eat pigs’ intestines in a sweet sauce with minimal disgust that my hosts could see would be an achievement. Not everyone would try.

1. Each week, we’ll prov ide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

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