Friday, October 30, 2009

Fonzie Dreams

Old Fonzie on a chill Fall evening in Ft. Harrington, 2009. He may be dreaming; he may be dreaming of his old friends, long gone; he may be dreaming of the orange no-tail, or of his protector and mentor, Oolie.

Or he may be dreaming of dinner. Hard to tell.

He is solitary among a houseful of animals; he is gregarious in a home that has many visitors; he is slippery among the dimensions.

He is simple. He is not simple. He is who he is.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tut Tut

We took a Friday daytrip up to San Francisco yesterday to take in the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibit at the DeYoung Museum.

The exhibit was given mostly ho-hum reviews by friends who had seen it, mostly because it had been over-hyped by the museum and was much smaller and less impressive than the massive display that toured the US in the 1970's. With our expectations thus lowered, we liked the exhibit very much: the layout of the rooms, the lighting and other aspects of presentation, and especially the explanatory material were excellent, and many of the small objects were exquisite.

The biggest disappointment for me was that I couldn't take photographs. The only room in which photography is allowed is the last one...

... the souvenir store (or "King Tut's Kitch-en," as Mrs. Fort dubbed it.)

You can buy magnetuts in the store...

... and it has a habertuttery (I'm kicking myself for not getting one of those headdresses to wear for Monday's lectures.)

It has tete-a-Tuts (don't you wish you had a box for all your Tutheads?), and you can even...

... generate a sheet of "papyrus" with your name in a weird phonetic-hierogylphic jam-up for only a buck! Lessee, S-H-E-R-T-U-T comes out "bolt-house-double reed-mouth..."

You know, our kitchen straight-back chairs are getting a little decrepit -- maybe we should replace them with six of these!

... or maybe not.

We bought a refrigerator magnet instead and then went to look at the ocean.


Thursday, October 1, 2009


Douglas M. Harrington
October 1, 1966 - November 14, 2006