Wednesday, June 30, 2010
For the past two months I have been pestering the legendary Johnny 'TV' Peluso for his picture. At least now I have a picture of his son. Frank made my mouth water when he told me that he has a grill made from bricks from the Pink Pussycat, owned by our old neighbor, Callie Eisner.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Grandma Jo set out the lawn chairs at 6A.M. to assure a good view of the musical "Annie". It is a great Midwestern treat to sit outside and listen to community theater at its best. A 10 year old from Yellow Springs fearlessly belted out the songs in the lead roll. Jasper has long been a big fan of musicals starting with the Music Man.
Sali McSherry used to live next door at 525 Lexington Ave. and has stayed a close friend of Rebecca. Way back when, Sali had her own little restaurant, Cafe Madam Springs on Court St. in Cincinnati. Now she is a reporter up in Cleveland. Tony is celebrating Father's Day here with their son, Skyler on their annual visit.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Betty and her husband Norm have the largest collection of bricks in the country, perhaps 5,000 different ones. Betty had just got of intensive care before she drove all the way to Kentucky from Kansas. I was quite that she brought me eight special Kansas bricks like this one which she is presenting to me.
I knew that Betty and Norm were bringing me some Kansas bricks, but what do you pick out for someone with such a large collection. I brought 10 specially selected bricks, and was thrilled when Norm accepted half including a Cincinnati No.1 and a H-shaped Cemroc. Norm stole the show at the brick swap when he fell off his scooter not once, but twice. Everyone was yelling, "Don't pick him up by his left arm!" He reminds me of little Kristina. There is no telling him what to do.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I was the successful bidder at the swap meet auction for this unusual piece. I was explained this was a Dietrich block, used in a steel mill. A metal rod was inserted in the hole from which something was suspended. Look for it to be prominently displayed in the wall.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Phoenix has kept me going for the last two years so that I can still wrestle the 300 lb. sandstones. I go to her class at the Kula Center in Newport most Monday evenings. When I gave her this brick, she told me that she and her husband, Jim had just bought a house in Newport. Usually our incantation is "OM", but occasionally we'll try "AH". By the way there are both "PHOENIX" and "WILSON" bricks out there.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Missy Richardson is the new president of the East Row Historic Foundation, our neighborhood association. With Mike Kolb's help she is redoing the backyard of her house at 635 Overton (which by the way has one of the most ornate fronts in the neighborhood). These bricks formed a patio, but now it is time for a change. Rumor has it that these bricks came from the Newport Steel Mill. Thank you, Missy.