Many photos I took last year didn’t make it to the blog for various reasons; so, to complete the picture (pun intended), here are a good many to fill the gap a little.
Unfortunately, none of these were taken with the newer camera (higher resolution, better color accuracy), and many of them are the opposite of extraordinary. …Maybe, you’ll want to get something to eat or drink…
Christmas here was okay. Some good food, some remarkable gifts, including jewelry (not for me, haha), but otherwise understated. It’s been hard getting my mind working lately… And then the Breaking Bad marathon started, so it’s not hard to guess what’s been on the TV lately. (Until this morning, when the finale aired.)
I’ve wanted to get a post in, on what’s been going on with me, or on the start of Winter, etc. But it hasn’t come together. What I have written doesn’t meet my truth standards… I don’t know what I want, and my brain is just not working. I’ve been holding my tongue until I literally put a tooth mark in it. And I’ve gone back to the software; because that’s what I’m better at— a writer first in code.
I can manage a small update though. It snowed twice since I last wrote here. I shoveled both times. My mother shoveled first, and I completed the job. Continue reading Tongue-tied→
At this point, the trees are practically bare (not counting the white stuff). But leading up to Thanksgiving (U.S.), there were still some reds on the trees.
The snow that appeared November 21 cleared enough by the next day; as you can see in the above pictures, it’s hard to tell that it snowed at all.
It was still cold enough that the large quartz heaters were set up outside the Tiqa Café. Not only that, but the people there were burning something. (I could smell it, and see a thin layer of smoke coming up in the center of the ‘seating area.’) Continue reading Fall update→
In late September, my aunt and her boyfriend visited Portland; they met up with me and my mother, and we went directly to the Titanic Artifact Exhibit. For Part I, click here.
After we got our “Boarding Passes” (with the names and short bios of real-life passengers of the Titanic) we had the opportunity to ask the captain of the ship (a trained actor, seen in this blurry photo) questions. I don’t remember much of what he said— the visit being over two weeks ago, with my memory these days. But he seemed to know quite a bit, and had a few things to say before the little Q&A.
Finally visiting the online sites for the exhibit (during the writing of this post), I saw clear differences in the setup from what’s seen in the events calendar. Previously, smaller objects were displayed on a wall. At the Portland Science Center, they were all in floor display cases. (And yes, there are security measures; bumping a case too hard may set off an alarm.)
The people in charge of the ship were so confident it wouldn’t sink, it left port without binoculars for the lookouts… Binoculars: just one of the elements that could have saved the Titanic.
The energy required for such a large ship, heh, well… the Titanic “consumed one pound of coal for every foot traveled.”
The first-class environment on the ship was, of course, much better than third-class. Even the tile décor was different. But, apparently, standards were raised overall. (Still not great against today’s if you end up hearing the basics being listed as features.)
The exhibit also features two passenger rooms.
The beds were small, partly due to the fact that people back then were shorter— poorer nutrition and all.
Toward the end of the Exhibition, you had the complete lists of passengers, divvied up by class, and split into saved and lost.
My mother and I swapped Boarding Passes prior to entering the exhibition, so let’s see if Mr René Aimé Lievens, a third-class passenger… no, he did not make it. Most of the third-class passengers didn’t make it. Not only did the captain go down with the ship, but the band too.
Before we left the building, a green screen photo was taken; the whole four of us would be placed in front of a Titanic-themed background. (Classy stairs, was it?) …Since I’m not bothering to ask anyone’s permission— and because I’m not photogenic— that image is not going up here.
We got a bit lost from that point on. I basically knew the way back to the garage, but didn’t speak up. There was more walking than necessary… But I did get a few more interesting shots in the process. 🙂
…Eventually, I saw aunt J. and her BF holding hands…
For 1 o’clock lunch, we went to Applebee’s. I went for something basic, and had the four-cheese macaroni with honey-spice chicken and bacon… with bacon sauce. Much bacon in the menu. Others had: fish & chips; salmon and rice; and french fries. On one TV: tennis. And… the visiting lovebirds kissed.
The last item was giving aunt J. her belated birthday cake; slices were served at the Maine Mall food court. The visiting couple showed us some photos via handheld devices, beginning with a cute dog, and I got to know a little more about the boyfriend and his past. …In the end, he and I shook hands, exchanged numbers, and the visiting two were on their merry way back to the cruise ship.
Overall, it was a nice time and an easy learning experience. I was tired, of course, but it was good. And soon after getting home, I fell asleep.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little trip down recent memory lane. I still have quite a few shots left over from that day, and will work them in later. Until then…