Friday, August 29, 2014

THAT STEAMER TRUNK



Actually it's more than just a metal trunk. It was given to me as a "tip" by a Japanese couple on a cruise, it was a tough lesson that their culture is different to the American tipping policies and at the time it may have been somewhat of a letdown. 
But fast forward 24 years and this piece of luggage has been around the block. It served me and others well as a coffee table, seating bench and of course major instrument to move my stuff  around the world. At one point early 1992 I lent it to my friend back in Austria, who just covered up my address with those Brucknerhaus stickers. Not sure where he went with it, but he brought back the suitcase. 

You can see my very first address in Calgary, Canada in one of the images. Only one of a hand full transcontinental moves we managed together. I cannot remember the Malaysia Airlines flight, but they put a seal on it at one point apparently? 

TWA as all other airlines deemed it "HEAVY" and slapped that sticker on. Lauren used this suitcase to move some of her possessions when she left for Toronto. It was shipped "Ground by Greyhound, a very inexpensive alternative to today's surcharge if you want to take it on a flight. And somehow it came back to Calgary
When we moved to France, we filled it up with family stuff and I remember the surcharge we paid....may have exceeded the value of contents. Oh well. I hope you are a shareholder of Air Canada. 


Now, as I am getting ready for another transcontinental move, no question, the suitcase is tagging along. Can't wait to fill it up.


I AM A GLOBAL NOMAD

1994

LUFTHANSA HAS TRANSPORTED IT

I FLEW MALAYSIAN?

ON OUR TRIP TO FRANCE

OUT OF BUSINESS

DOOR DELIVERY BY GREYHOUND

IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE THE TRUNK WAS IN LINZ

DINGED UP BUT STILL GOOD



Thursday, August 28, 2014

OLD BOOKS



As I am going through boxes and cleaning out stuff here in the house, I came across a set of four books that I have been schlepping around since the Vegas days. There were a few attempts to sell the set, but I did put the price so high to ensure no one would seriously consider buying them. 

They are books about art & design in the 1860's and 1870's Europe.  I have no idea if they will ever come in handy in any of my ideas, it's just that I like antiques, maybe not as much as 15 years ago, but when you leave through books like these, the heart rate goes up.

Imagine all parts of arts, furniture, stone, metals and even tools, in those four volumes you'll find a some illustration about an artist from back then and his concept behind it.  
If memory serves me OK, they were bought at an auction some 14 years ago in Las Vegas.  Originally owned by a Boston architect, Louis Weissbein, somehow they made their way to the West side of the US. 
The very ornately designed Alphabets in these books are something really cool to look at. Compared with tribal and other not so cool Tattoos, these would make great ones. If any of the Edlingers read this.....I found an ornate E!



THE BOOKS

UNION HALL 1863

THE ARCHITECT

MAGAZINE FOR PROGRESS IN ALL BRANCHES OF THE ART INDUSTRY

JUST SOME OF THE LISTED ILLUSTRATIONS

VIENNA WORLD FAIR

IMAGINE FINDING THIS CORK SCREW IN AN ANTIQUE STORE....


ORNATE DOOR HANDLE LEFT & OSTRICH EGG POKAL

SEWING TABLE DESIGN

BARREL SPOUTS

TOOLS


CENTER VASE WITH FRUIT BOWLS

I CANT TRANSLATE TRINKHORN

VICTORIAN JEWELRY  DESIGN

CUTLERY

POSEIDON DOOR KNOCKER 

LOCK & HANDLE

CHIMNEY HOOD

CARVER SET

CANDLE STICKS

HOW ABOUT A GUN

TATTOO IDEAS





FOR MY TRIBE

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A BIKE RACE


I think this is the biggest event to have visited Jarnac since we are here. Le Tour de Poitou-Charentes started one of their days here in our town.
While I do admire the athletes on the Tour de France and love watching the scenery on TV during the race, I am not into the sport otherwise. The French on the other hand, well, they are very engaged. Really great to watch people of all ages get excited about this event.


The set up with all the team busses and start line was up at Place De Gaulle, before they swooped down the hill into Jarnac, over the Charente on to Cognac further.  There was a nice crowd, the race started at Noon, so the restaurants were all empty, except Le Rallye, which is located right off Place De Gaulle.

I too a spot right by Chateau Courvoisier and took this video of the bikers coming down towards the bridge.
The only name I have heard of before is Mark Cavendish, a Brit, and he is the star of this race, very much to the delight of our local expat community here in the area. He seems very nice, taking his time between exiting the team bus and getting his bike, signed plenty of autographs and even talked with a few people. 
Obviously I find the sport very approachable and no fences around it, people were able to inspect the impressive hardware and even be seriously close to some of the stars.
can you imagine the logistics behind the Tour de France? I cannot. Just today was animpressive show of volunteers, civil servants and professionals for this 4 day race. The Tour goes on with a much bigger field for a month. Really impressive.

Enjoy the images.

ONE OF MANY VOLUNTEERS

ONE OF THE TEAM'S BUS

ALL STASHED INSIDE

CAVENDISH INSIDE

I HAVE SEEN RAPPERS WEAR THESE

FOR A TALL RIDER 

GUYS CHECKING OUT THE HARDWARE

LOOKING TOWARDS LA MAIRIE

LES MOTOS DE LA GENDARMERIE

BEFORE MITTERAND THEY RODE  BMW

REWARDING THE NEXT GENERATION

CHECK OUT THE GUY ON THE BALCONY

MORE BIKES


RACING INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BIKES

UNFORTUNATE CHOICE FOR SPONSORSHIP


THE SUPPORT CREW MUST LOVE THEIR JOB


I COULD NOT SIT ON THIS FOR ONE MONTH

NOT SURE WHO WAS ON THIS TEAM, BUT LOTS OF FANS WAITING


LEAVE IT TO THE ITALIANS TO BRING COLORS TO THE GAME

WARM UP

STILL WAITING FOR MARK CAVENDISH

THE "WATER"



THERE HE IS





I REMEMBER THAT NAME FROM CHILDHOOD.....

TEAM STRATEGY TALK

COMING DOWN THE HILL

OVER THE BRIDGE ONTO COGNAC

FOLLOWED BY THE SUPPORT CARS