Skiing is Fun

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Skiing is Fun

Skiing is Fun

Skiing is Fun in the Florida Sun

FK-13 –General Florida Scene from Kodachrome by Florida Cypress Gardens
Curteichcolor Reproductions from Kodachrome Original
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This lovely vintage card is a gift from my friend Sandra’s family collection. Although it is not dated or postally used, the Curteichcolor dating has it produced in 1949. As you know, Cypress Gardens closed in 2009. Love those swim suits!

YouTube has a 1968 version of the show, which I’m including for your viewing pleasure:

Barefoot Skiing

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Barefoot Skiing at Cypress Gardens

Barefoot Skiing

Barefoot Skiing at Cypress Gardens
Dick Pope Jr., Men’s World Water Ski Champion, barefoot skiing at Cypress Gardens. This is a trick originated by this famous youngster. Barefoot skiing is part of the several daily water ski shows at Cypress Gardens.

Curteichcolor Reproduction from KodaChrome Original
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This lovely vintage card is a gift from my friend Sandra’s family collection. Although this card isn’t dated or postally used, the Curteichcolor dating system places its production in 1951. From Wikipedia:

Richard Downing Pope Jr. (December 12, 1930 – November 8, 2007), better known as Dick Pope Jr., was a World Champion water skier and an important business leader in Central Florida. Pope was an important innovator in the sport of water skiing, including the development of barefoot skiing in 1947. He is the son of Dick Pope Sr., the founder of Cypress Gardens theme park.

Cypress Gardens closed in 2009.

2016 Summer Reads Week 9

2016 Summer Reads Week 9 Update

The past few days have been hot, hot, hot! I finished the second book in the series fo Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Hollow City. It was just as good as the first. And, on thinking on it, I’ve determined that the writing and the way the tale unfolds sort of reminds me of the My Father’s Dragon books by Ruth Stiles Gannett. I will be getting the third in the series, but probably won’t start it until after summer.

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I’ve been working on another project as well.

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You may remember that I did an ill-fated land paddling thing summer of 2014. This new project is safer, if you don’t count drowning. I am wearing a life vest and a leash, and sticking to the shallows. I looked back on my notes from the land-attempt and found this “First, the balance thing. Try standing on one foot for more than sixty seconds. You might not enjoy it. Your foot might hurt. And your knee. And your shin. And your calf. At first, I could only do ten minutes and it was agony.” Um, yeah. Same thing on the water, although my first attempt was 15 minutes and involved suddenly sitting down on the lake bottom twice (I was only in up to my knees, so it was no big deal). Last time around I was getting better by the fourth time I did it. Loving it by the 11th. And unfortunately the whole thing finished up on #13.

Anyhow, I am reaching out and grabbing a firm hold on summer. Hope you are, too.

Summer Reads 2016 list:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris.

Like Summer Reads? More here:

2016 Week Eight Update

2016 Week Five Update

2016 Week Four Update

2016 Week One Update

2015 Summer Reads Introduction

2014 Summer Reads Introduction

2016 Summer Reads Week 8

Friday, July 22, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

2016 Summer Reads Week 8 Update

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Holy cats, we are already on 2016 Summer Reads Week 8. Past the Fourth of July and into the dog days of summer. I was off work for a week (use it or lose it vacation time), and got a lot of reading done in addition to making pickles from the garden and other assorted projects.

2016 Summer Reads Week 6

As I mentioned in the last post, I went off-list and read 10% Happier by Dan Harris. It was a fantastic read. His story is interesting, and he makes the thought of regular meditation more reachable. He cites recent studies that show how regular meditation can change the brain and yield not only happiness but also health. Often, introductions to meditation make it seem too new-age or that it’s just as easy as sitting down and doing it. Dan Harris makes it seem possible in a real way. Loved this book, and am interested in reading his new book, too. Sending this one on to my sister, along with a previous read. Because 10 percent greater health and happiness? Of course I want to share it with her.

2016 Summer Reads Week 6

Next up on the reading list was the latest Dominic Smith book, The Last Painting of Sara De Vos. It is split between three timeframes – the 1600s when Sara De Vos was alive, the 1950s when Ellie Shipley was in her 20s and forged a painting, and in the year 2000, when everything comes home to roost. Now, you know I love when an author can really suck you in with words. Sometimes, you read and something conveys a point or an idea. Sometimes, you read and you are fully immersed in the author’s mind. Dominic Smith’s writing is like that: “Q is roughly Ellie’s age but of another time — a man of pressed handkerchiefs and pomade who smells of wood glue. He wears a navy dustcoat with his monogrammed initials above a pocket crammed with mechanical pencils.” And “It’s only a little after four but already nearing dusk. A heavy bank of clouds has formed in the west. Through the trees, Ellie watches as a sunburst streaks through and turns the harbor from slate to sapphire and back again.” Love it. Love. The story is interesting and the book is good. Well worth the read, and I think my Mom will like it, too.

Next up is the second in the Miss Peregrine books, Hollow City.

Summer Reads 2016 list:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman

Added in Progress:

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris.

Like Summer Reads? More here:

2016 Week Five Update

2016 Week Four Update

2016 Week One Update

2015 Summer Reads Introduction

2014 Summer Reads Introduction

Clearwater Causeway Sunset

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Clearwater Causeway Sunset

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One of Florida’s most spectacular sights — a sunset over Clearwater Bay. The light of Memorial Causeway leads from the mainland over the bay to Clearwater Beach in the distance.

Color photo by Ward Beckett – Clearwater, FLA.
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This gorgeous vintage postcard is unused.

Holy cats, it’s another week of hot, hot, hot temperatures here in Michigan! I don’t recall a summer as dry as this. Honestly, though, I love it. I have some plans to reach out and snag a bit of the summer while it’s still here…stay tuned!

I’m loving this vintage postcard. In fact, wouldn’t it be nice to have it blown up to cover a wall in your bedroom? Awww yisss.

Love the Clearwater Causeway? Check these out:

Twilight on the Causeway

Daytime on the Causeway

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Causeway Twilight

Thursday, July 7, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Clearwater Causeway Twilight

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Clearwater Beach at Twilight. Memorial Causeway, curving into this picture from the lower left corner, leads from the mainland across Clearwater Bay to one of Florida’s finest Gulf of Mexico beaches and vacation centers.
Photographed from  Horizon House by Ward Beckett.

Color Card by Ward Beckett, Clearwater, FLA.
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This gorgeous vintage card is unused.

It’s so humid and hot, I thought we could maybe use a cool ocean breeze. As you know, I’m a big fan of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, and this card is no exception.

FYI, Horizon House, the place where this card image was taken, is located at 31 Island Way on Island Estates in Clearwater Florida. It was built in 1962.

Like the Clearwater area? More here:

Clearwater Causeway

Clearwater Beach

Sandalwood Motel

Eastern Motel Miami Springs

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Eastern Motel Miami Springs

Eastern Motel Miami Springs

EASTERN MOTEL
4585 N.W. 36th St.    Miami Springs, Fla.
Directly opposite Eastern Airlines Terminal at Miami International Airport . . . Air-Conditioned and Heated . . . Cocktail Lounge . . . Coffee Shoppe . . . Swimming Pool and Cabana facilities . . .Free Parking . . . Near Dog Track, Horse Racing and Jai Alai . . . Gift Shop . . . Moderate Rates . . . Open Year Round . . . Phone Tu-2397.

Color Post Card Div. T.N. GILBERT & ASSOCIATES, P.O. Box 861, No. Miami, Fla.
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This vintage postcard was mailed March 31, 1958 using a 2-cent red Jefferson stamp, and it’s one of the Price is Right showcase cards! It was mailed to The Big Wheel Showcase, PO Box 710, New York 46, N.Y. and reads:

3/31/58
My bid for the 7 items on wheels is $14,500 – Mathew Stillwell, 1135 Wevelau [?] Ave, Miami Beach, Fla.

I love the Price is Right cards. Struck out tracking down Mathew, though. His bad handwriting doesn’t help, but there’s nothing like a Wevelau Ave in Miami. And he’s not showing up in Ancestry, either. If he had won, I’d guess he’d be out of luck as they wouldn’t be able to find him. Write clearly, friends! You never know what you might miss out on because of your poor penmanship.

The Eastern Motel Miami Springs featured so many great things during its time of glory. Cocktail Lounge! Coffee Shoppe! Cabana! Makes me nostalgic for days gone by.

So, the place still stands. At first I thought it was now called the Runway Inn, which at first I thought was Runaway Inn. It looks like a place where runaways would go, don’t you think? But the Runway Inn sign is actually a place on the second block. The little sign hanging by the weird overhang reads Miami Springs & Eastern Motel.

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Booking.com has better photos of it here. It actually looks sort of nice on that site, and gets 5/10 in reviews. If you’re looking to book this place, it’s the corner of East and 36th, so the address might show up either way.

More Price as Right cards here:

Mari-Nelle Court

Motel Stewart

Doumar’s

2016 Summer Reads Week 5

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

2016 Summer Reads Week 5 Update

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Here we are, the last week of June and 2016 Summer Reads Week 5. As always, I am trying not to freak out about the passing summer, but it’s not working. Why must the nice weather go so fast and the bad weather last so long?

2016 Summer Reads Week 5

I heard Ishmael Beah on a podcast (pretty sure it was The Moth), and knew I had to add his book to my summer reads list. I figured it would be a “good for me” book to read, and maybe a challenge to get through. It was the first book I purchased, but I put off starting it until this weekend. I expected it would take a week or two to read, but I completed it in just over a day. It is honestly the best thing I’ve read so far this summer. Yes, it’s graphic, but not unnecessarily so. He is a storyteller, and his writing really pulls you in. I think that, instead of having high school students read Shakespeare, every student should have to read this book (now, I am not saying a student shouldn’t read Shakespeare, but just that given the limited time perhaps there are more important things they could be reading as required texts. Like this book, which is a fine example of storytelling prose as well as inspirational. We all need to try harder to make the world a better place, so that what happened in Sierra Leone, what is happening in Syria, what happens all over STOPS happening). Anyhow, I highly recommend this book. And I will be picking up his next book, Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel by Ishmael Beah, to read. 

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You might recall from my last post that I was going to read As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner. And I did read it this past week, before the Ishmael Beah book. I just got through it really quickly, so I wound up getting two done in a week. It was a good, solid novel. The story was told in an interesting way; the ending is stated right away, and the novel works backward to the day of the incident. It qualifies as a beach read because it takes place at the beach. I did enjoy it, and I think my Mom will too so I am passing it on to her next.

I’m halfway through the Summer Reads 2016 list already. I wound up ordering a book not on the list that I am reading this week – 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris. Harris was an ABC News anchor who had a panic attack on live national television; I read an article about this book and it sounded like a good read.

Here is my Summer Reads 2016 list:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman

Added in Progress:

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris.

Like Summer Reads? More here:

2016 Week Four Update

2016 Week One Update

2016 Summer Reads Introduction

2015 Summer Reads Introduction

2014 Summer Reads Introduction

 

Horseshoe Club Las Vegas

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Horseshoe Club Las Vegas

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HORSESHOE CLUB LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
The fabulous “new look” of the new Horseshoe Clue is a sight long to be remembered. This world’s largest electric sign lights up the sky for miles around while the 24-hour restaurant and ’round the clock casino continue to draw people from all over the world.
Color by David M. Mills

Copyright Ferris H. Scott, Santa Ana, Calif.
Western Resort Publications, 1320 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, Calif.
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As you know, I have a lot of love for the Horseshoe Club. Check out this post, featuring my Mom and Dad, as well as a more recent photo I took when we were there on vacation. Good times! This postcard looks like it’s from the 1950s, based on the cars.

From Wikipedia: “Benny Binion bought the Eldorado Club and Apache Hotel in 1951, re-opening them as Binion’s Horseshoe (also called the Horseshoe Casino). The casino’s interior had a frontier flavor, like an old-style riverboat, with low ceilings and velvet wallpaper. It was the first casino in downtown Las Vegas (also called Glitter Gulch) to replace sawdust-covered floors with carpeting.”

Feeling a bit of Las Vegas nostalgia. Did you see they just took down the Riveria? The Riv operated from April 1955 to May 2015. From Wikipedia: “The Riviera opened on April 20, 1955 as the first high-rise and the ninth resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Liberace cut the opening ribbon, and became the first resident performer. The Riviera is one of the oldest and most famous casino resorts in Las Vegas Valley. The Riviera also broke new ground in its design: previously, Strip resorts resembled roadside motor courts.”

Here it is, if you didn’t already catch it:

Like Las Vegas? Check these out:

Golden Gate Casino

The Dunes

Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn

2016 Summer Reads Week 4

Monday, June 20, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

2016 Summer Reads Week 4 Update

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Can you believe we’re already on 2016 Summer Reads Week 4? Time goes so fast in the summer (and so very slow from October through May!). Today is the summer solstice and the strawberry moon, which is apparently a lifetime experience, as the two events coincide once every 70 years. It was super-hot today, 77 and humid at 7am. However, I like my summers where I can really feel ’em, so it works for me. It would be interesting to be in Sweden today. They really know how to celebrate Midsummer.

Anyhow, I need to get back to the topic at hand, instead of flights of fancy about the solstice. I am having difficulty keeping my feet on the ground and my thoughts in my head today.

2016 Summer Reads Week 4

This past week, I finished A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin. It’s a book of short stories. There are a ton of them, some characters or similar going back and forth between some but not all stories. I’ll admit, it took me some time to really get into this book. About 100 pages in, I was still thinking maybe I’d stop reading it. But then something happened, and it became delightful. Her writing style is lovely. From “Mourning”

I’ve been working for Arlene, at Central Reality. Cleaning empty houses mostly, but even empty houses have stories, clues. A love letter stuffed way back in a cupboard, empty whiskey bottles behind the dryer, grocery lists . . . “Please pick up Tide, a package of green linguini and a six pack of Coors. I didn’t mean what I said last night.”

In the end, I liked it so much, I plan on saving it and re-reading it again so I can savor every word. If you are like me and are generally not a fan of short stories, but want to try something to work on a bit, I suggest this book. You should do what I did not, however. Read the introduction and forward first. They will give you some ideas for what to look for and how to read the book. If I had read them first, I’d probably have enjoyed those first hundred pages a bit more.

Next up is a lighter read, As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel, by Elizabeth Poliner.

Here is my Summer Reads 2016 list:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman

Like Summer Reads? More here:

2016 Week One Update

2016 Summer Reads Introduction

2015 Summer Reads Introduction

2014 Summer Reads Introduction