Thursday, April 30, 2009

Brian's Day!

Happy Day to a fun and loveable brother!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Surprise Performance

What I wouldn't give to witness such a fun surprise!

More than 200 dancers performed their version of "Do Re Mi", in the Central Station of Antwerp, Belgium. With just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes took place March 23rd, 2009 at 08:00 AM. It was a promotional stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the lead role in the musical "The Sound of Music".

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy 50th, Barbie!

I was about 4 when Barbie was born. It wasn't long before I owned one of my own and we became fast friends. Everyone had one, Linda, Shelley, Debbie, Cheryl, all the girls on the block. She came with a black and white striped swim suit, sunglasses, heels and a straw purse. Her wardrobe rather limited the extent of her adventures so I gradually acquired a nice collection of cool clothes for every occasion. Now I could play out all the scenarios of life for Barbie - school, work, marriage, social engagements, anything a 'real gal' would do. Oh, the hours of enjoyment, Barbie and me.

We grew apart, we changed, we aged. This is Barbie's 50th birthday year and I have to say she hasn't taken such good care of herself. In fact I dare say all my friends and myself have withstood the test of time a bit better than Barbie. Too bad. Too, too bad. Hey, Barbie, maybe you could get some running shoes for those tiny little feet! Oh, don't fret Barbs, you're just one of us now.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy 10th Birthday, Hector!

A Happy Day to Hector, Brian and Carol celebrating 10 years together!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fraidy and the Window Birds

More Zoos and Brews

Last weekend was a trip to Detroit for more "zoos and brews"! On Saturday morning we took all the kids to the Detroit Zoo, a very familiar place beginning when I was just a baby animal myself. We got some nice views of the Siberian tigers, polar bears, and gorillas, and they of US! I had lunch at the Black Lotus, a brew pub, with Dave and his family after the zoo. His post about it is here

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mary!!

When I think of Mary I think of a beautiful smile, Dylan, the one who made her "Nana", her family, Lake Michigan, Spartan basketball, relaxing with a glass of wine, impressive creativity, and organization. Have a very happy day, Mary!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

South American African Butterfly

Do you know how to identify a South American African Butterfly?

Zoos and Brews

I'm a typical backpack wearing, map toting, picture taking, sight seeing tourist! I know, I know, I live in a resort town and make fun of the tourists all the time but when I travel I want to take full advantage of each place I visit. Call me foreigner, rubber necker, hick, fudgie, conie, whatever condescending name you can think of, I'm there to have fun and see new things. My first love is what the outdoors has to offer in my vacation spot. Then, culture, history and food. But for some reason I often gravitate toward breweries and zoos. I've been to so many I can't rememeber them all, but I'll name some cities and you decide if I toured a brewery or a zoo there. Detroit, Detroit, (that's not a mistake, Detroit had both), Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa, San Diego, Washington D.C., Denver, Dublin, Ireland, and Montreal. Then there are countless smaller ones in places like Traverse City and Houghton, Mi. I'm headed for Detroit tomorrow and we're going to the zoo!

Guinness once had an ad that seemed to combine both!

"A zoo is an excellent place to study the habits of human beings." Evan Esar

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin