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Dennard’s CLT OBSERVER – Mostly Local Section 2.20.2010

2.20.2010

This week was filled with personal things.  Valentine’s day, Presidents’ Day and Mardi Gras and Lent.  It made me think of winter and food and chocolate and religion.

Architecture:  “After the success of the Guggenheim in Bilbao [Spain], people have been talking about the so-called “Bilbao Effect,” the effect of a sculptural building helping a small town. I wanted to design a museum that is monumental but also functional as a museum.”  Japan’s Shigeru Ban has designed Centre Pompidou-Metz, a new contemporary art museum in northeastern France.

Wow, Shigeru Ban “created temporary shelters in disaster zones from paper tubes in 1995, building short-term housing for earthquake survivors in Kobe, Japan. Since then, he has used tubes to build schools in Sichuan, China (after the earthquake there in 2008), and a music hall in L’Aquila, Italy (following an earthquake last year).”

(source:  Architecture – WSJ.com)

Buildings made with paper tubes … Just found this fascinating.

Life:  I don’t follow haute couture, but Alexander McQueen’s death and the related press coverage has been interesting.  “The twisted tale of two larger-than-life eccentrics at the pinnacle of haute couture who committed suicide within three years of each other is more like something out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel than the Twitter era.”

(source: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow Were a Star-Crossed Pair – AOL News)

When an article references F. Scott Fitzgerald, muses, twitter, suicide … it has to be edgy.

Davidson – Steph Curry: Knock on wood …

“When comparing the three players, there’s one thing that stands out between them: The fact that Jennings and Evans still have major growth to do with their games.Curry, on the other hand, has proven that he’s the most complete rookie so far. His numbers may not reflect this in terms of the points per game average, but his ability to score in a variety of ways and his tremendous court vision Curry is far from a one dimensional player.At the end of the regular season, it shouldn’t be a surprise when the Rookie of the Year is announced and it’s Curry walking home with the award.”  (source: bleacherreport.combleacherreport.com)

My Davidson and sports fans liked this (LBB and JSM).  But EWP, one of my oldest friends,  challenged my interest in basketball.  So I had to respond  … I’m just like my mom. I get attached to certain personalities. If it weren’t for Curry I could care less. But I have always liked college basketball, then braves and baseball, then college and pro football. Pro basketball is not really on my list. But I like Curry. So I will watch for him. …

If you are not a Curry fan, I am sorry … because I will continue to post updates.

But I have always liked college basketball, then braves and baseball, then college and pro football. Pro basketball is not really on my list. But I like Curry. So I will watch for him.

Winter Olympics 2010: No curling til the 26th! :(  My new favorite winter olympic sport.

Olympic Schedules | Winter Games | 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics | Today’s Schedule

Political Cartoons: This one IMO hit both  Palin and Obama.

(Source – February 13, 2010 – February 19, 2010 – Cartoons of the Week – TIME.com)

Davidson – Steph Curry: It’s going to be fun to follow his career!

Curry finishes 2nd, one-ups dad – CharlotteObserver.com

ASG and BK   … what’s not to like!

RIP – John Wayt, Jr. : A friend’s dad died last week. I always cry when an extended father or mother passes. Mr. Wayt was gruff and funny and down to earth. He was the original model for the cartoon character Mark Trail. To Marty, her mom and family, I want you to know how much those great memories mean to so many. We will miss you, Mr. Wayt.
Obituary for John Wayt – H.M. Patterson & Son, Funeral Directors, Atlanta, GA

Jane Austen: Pride & Prejudice in Emoticons … pretty funny … :)

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Stephen Colbert’s take on Jane Austen and Baseball. Hilarious!

I am so glad there are other Janeites out there!

Holidays/Life/Apple iPad: As I sit with my laptop, watching tv and surfing, I am beginning to think Steve Jobs may be on to something with the iPad.  And JBT did not even comment on the ecard I sent him!   Hope you had a wonderful VD!


Nothing Steve Jobs ever creates could fully replace you in my life | someecards.com

Holidays: After seeing criticism about poor food choices for MLK Day, I researched what would Washington and Lincoln eat.  I am glad Presidents’ Day is not a food day!

Happy Birthday (actually 2-22), George!

Most holidays have a food association … maybe I am glad this is not the case!”According to Brookes, they sat down to a leg of boiled pork, a goose, roast beef, cold boiled beef, mutton chops, hominy, cabbage, potatoes, pickles, fried tripe and onions.”

So toast old George today -

“The hero whose birth we celebrate — may the virtuous principles which ever have influenced his conduct be preserved through succeeding generations.”


Source: Papers of George Washington

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Happy Presidents’ Day, Abe!

When it comes to food, I think I am more in tune with Lincoln.
“President Lincoln did have two favorite dishes, Chicken_Fricassee with Biscuits and Oyster_Stew. Actually, he loved oysters just about any way they were served. His dessert tastes were simple as well with Apple_Pie being a favorite. His seldom drank alcohol of any sort. Water was his favorite beverage. On one occasion, a hamper of choice imported wines was sent to Mrs. Lincoln for use at White House functions. She sent it on to a military hospital saying, “I never use any and Mr. Lincoln never touches any.” Alcoholic beverages were seldom served at White House entertainments.”

Source: Lincoln’s Favorite Foods

I agree with EWP … Fried Tripe–yum, NOT

Children/Places:  It’s confirmed.  jack made a good choice.

“If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.”

Boulder rated happiest, healthiest city in U.S. in new Gallup poll – Boulder Daily Camera

Basketball: Not a surprise … Larry Brown: Michael Jordan intent on buying Bobcats – CharlotteObserver.com

Davidson: Really neat story about a Davidson grad… » A School Grows in Brooklyn: ‘Saw 6′ v. Barnes & Noble

Architecture/Design: Slide show of design and architecture at the 2010 Olympics.  Designing the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics | Slideshows

Design: A little long … but definitely one of the coolest things have seen in a while.

The 9-Minute History of Charlotte, NC, in an Animated Pop-Up Map …

Media/Davidson ’82: Very interesting Admissions Video. Viral Video: Yale University’s Admissions Video | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD

Funny extra … If you go to the version below, you will see the daughter of a fellow Davidsonian. ” She’s wearing a blue. and white wide-striped shirt with a bright yellow cardigan. … pause the version below at 13:37 you’ll see her a couple rows back. ”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGn3-RW8Ajk

Education: New Plan Would Let High Schoolers Graduate Early – NYTimes.com. i agree with Mp that there is some value in spending four years in a place.

Movies: I wonder if John would do this??  Man Endures 30 Chick Flicks in 30 Days – Asylum.com

I joke that HIS “perfect” movie would have naked women shooting guns on horseback in a submarine/spaceship … and he jokes that HER perfect movie involves two people staring at each other never leaving the confines of 4 walls … but with a great view.

Religion: “Lent is a time for intentionality of care for the interior self. Not for self’s sake at all, but so that it will be “good soil” to receive the Resurrection Word.” Source: The Fast Track « Hopelens Blog

Life: Well, I can’t imagine life without a good library. More people check out their libraries – BackTalk

Local Eats: … had a delightful lunch (grilled cheese sandwich and cup of corn chowder at Mert’s) with delightful friends (Barb and Allison) … great recommendation ASG!  Mert’s Heart and Soul Restaurant Charlotte NC Merts Official Site

Bookshelf/Book Club:  … just finished this month’s book club selection – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Have you read it? What did you think?  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


I hope you had a week filled with good things. Thanks for sharing my week EWP, ARM, LHM, MP, CHS, EWM, ASG, BK, JSM, LBB.

-d


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