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Friday, August 13, 2004

Jogger Photograph

Waiting for Bus

Jogger Photograph

"It is curious that my painted studies made in town seem darker than those made in the country.  Is that because the light everywhere in town is not so bright?  I don't know, but it may make a greater difference than one would say at first glance.  I can understand that the things you have look darker than I thought they were in the country.  However, they don't come out badly for all that."

"All the colours that the impressionists have brought into fashion are unstable, so there is all the more reason to use them boldly too crude; time will tame them down only too well."

- Vincent Van Gogh (to his brother Theo, 1883)

7:20:25 PM    

Subway Musician

Subway Musician

I went down to Adorama to pick up some of the HP soft-gloss paper in a larger size.  They didn't have it.  On the way down I managed to take another illegal subway shot.  I hope this doesn't give the terrorists any ideas.  At any rate, my favorite subway musicians are the Indian guys from S. America. 

Whenever I pass those Peruvian pipers they are playing El Condor Pasa.  I'm just getting home from a rough day at work and I feel much more like a snail then a sparrow.  Then that wailing chorus:

Away, I'd rather sail away
Like a swan that's here and gone
A man grows older every day
It gives the world
Its saddest sound,
Its saddest sound.

It makes me miserable."
- AG

Subway Musician

These guys refused to play anything mournful.  In fact, they were the happiest musicians I've run into in a long time - especially the lead violinist who grinned with every note he played.

12:58:30 PM    

I was falling asleep a day or so ago when I thought I heard a weird story about a pussycat causing an airliner to make an emergency landing.  I was joking with AG - that "Cat in the Cockpit" might make a good song, what with the alliteration and all.  So I Googled for "Cat in the Cockpit" and here ya go:

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) � An SN Brussels airliner made an emergency landing after an "agitated" passenger � a cat � got into the cockpit and attacked the co-pilot, the airline said Tuesday.

The Monday flight from Brussels to Vienna, Austria, had been in the air about 20 minutes when it was noticed that a passenger's pet had escaped from its cage, "although it is not yet clear how," according to an airline statement.

"Once free, the animal proceeded to wander around the cabin," slipping into the cockpit when meals were being delivered to the two-man flight crew, it said.

"At this stage the animal became agitated and nervous," it said. An airline spokesperson added that the cat scratched the co-pilot's arm.

The pilot decided to return to Brussels as a precaution, and the 58 passengers left Brussels two hours later on another flight.

What makes me curious is how a crazy cat (remember Krazy Kat) got into the cockpit in the first place.  Maybe these cats could be used on all planes as part of an anti-terrorist team.  Maybe you could have a pack of cats on every plane, ready at a moments notice to be released to "take down" terrorists. 


Captain: We are under attack - Release the Felines! 

Co-Pilot: Captain, are you sure?

Captain: Yes - release them...

[some commotion and then the transcript continues...]

Hello kitty?  Where'd you come from - Ouch! Hey!  Meow!  Meow!  Meow!  Hey - cut it out!  Help!  Somebody get this cat offa me.

[a few moments later]

Captain: We have things under control now.  Thanks to - the cat brigade. 

6:33:45 AM