Monday, May 31, 2010
Derby Day, as always the first Saturday in May. The old lady was off in the Smokies, so I drove down to Frankfort, the state capital to buy some beekeeping equipment. Everyone was talking about the Derby. I thought about the 1973 Derby. The great horse Secretariat won it in record time. I was there. It was my first time in "Kaintuck" i.e. Kentucky. I was only 22 years old, working as a deckhand on the Delta Queen. I snuck my girlfriend, Carolyn, on the boat for the steamboat race against the Belle of Louisville. After that we drove around Kaintuck in her VW Beetle convertible: Red River Gorge, Cumberland Falls and Mammoth Cave.
With such thoughts in my head, I headed home. I stopped in the small town of Stamping Ground, Kentucky. Jennifer Thierman is from there. She's the best. She runs the choir at St. Paul's church where Becky sings alto. Up by the water tower in Stamping Ground, Kentucky on Derby Day I found this and the next several bricks.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Several years ago I bought a large pile of McManigal bricks behind a beautiful old church was about to be torn down in Walnut Hills in Cincinnati. A favorite brick of mine: the font, the name 'Mcmanigal' itself, the durability and the fact that they are 'church' bricks. When I found out I would be meeting a young architect student in Ekaterinburg, Russia, I decided to present Sasha with a McManigal brick.
Here we are with Sasha. We are posing in front of a monument outside of Ekaterinburg straddling the line that marks the division between Europe and Asia. Becky and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. On our honeymoon we struck a similar pose at the equator in Ecuador.
Not long ago Sasha sent me an email with these three pictures. Here she is with other college kids dressed up for fun for a dinner party. Everyone looks so wonderfully young, especially with all the traditional food and costume. a great picture.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Here I am taking a breather from knocking down a plaster and lath ceiling. There is a thin layer of coal soot on top of the plaster which gets into everything. Demolition is a lot of fun if you haven't done it in a while and if you have a good respirator. Poor Dan. His girlfriend kicked him out and he is living in the front room.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Many beautiful bricks here are from a swap meet in Haverstraw, N.Y. (near West Point up the Hudson River From New York City) and from trading with International Brick Collectors president Terry Taraba down in Stonewall, La.
Eventually the red wood fence on the right will be replaced with another section of the brick wall.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Haheu family is from Moldova. Nicolay and I help each other with English and Russian. Scott is my neighbor.