Saturday, October 8, 2011
This month I have some bricks on display at the Newport library. I got started with brick collecting by picking up discarded street pavers from around town.This KENTUCKY BLOCK was once part of a Newport street. Most street pavers come from Ohio, but not this one.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Cairo, Illinois is a historic river town where the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi. It is also one of America's most forlorn places. Don't believe me? Check out this video clip:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJW8lOzJJPE Becky and I arrived there in a rainstorm at night which made the deserted streets even more desolate. There were piles of bricks everywhere. With my flashlight, I could see that none of them were marked. All except one.
The Little Rock brick swap. It is a few minutes before 9:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. We have all spread out our bricks on the ground. Everyone has checked out what people have brought. You are allowed to put your foot on one brick to claim it before the whistle goes off. Pictured are the bricks I brought from Kentucky.. Being claimed is an 'H' brick and an old interlocking brick. I claimed an O.S.P. (Oklahoma State Prison) When the whistle goes off at 9:00, everyone starts grabbing bricks until they are all gone.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tinkie finally used up all of her nine lives. She was our cat - actually Sarah's- for almost 20 years. She had lived in all five of our houses. She hadn't hissed since Blackie died eight months earlier. Now she is resting under the brick wall out back along with Mr.Ted, Willie, and Blackie.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
American flag. I got this flag from my dear friend Abby Phillips after she passed at 92. Someone else found an old helmet in her attic. "This must be from World War Five!", he exclaimed. Barely visible is a Confederate flag in the window next door. That would belong to Becky's pal, 'Cousin' John.
Everyone remembers where they were at 9/11. I was getting breakfast at the H&H Grill, a greasy spoon at the corner of Cleaney and Montgomery in Norwood, Ohio. When Xavier University bought it to tear it down, Sarah Fulmer, AKA the Bobkitten, and I snuck over and climbed on the roof to rescue these tiles. Now they cap off the wall at 529 Lexington Ave