Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crunchy Shrimps, BIG Art and Counting "Carols"

GR&DF thanks for all the great comments yesterday!! I am always ready to step out of the comfort zone and into the unusual when it comes to trying things. With that said, at my advanced age I am sure of some things that I do not like and will not do or try - the list begins with my irrational fear of heights - cant and wont do them - an even as I write that I know in my heart that isn't true - as I can force myself to do some very high things.... two examples come to mind instantly - when I was in Venice and I had a choice of going or not up St Marks Campanile - I chose to go up and was blown away by the gorgeous views of the city and lagoon - I was scared stiff the whole time, but I did it - the second time was when I made myself ascend up into the dome of St Paul's Cathedral in London - in the dome to the whispering gallery - scary as all get out, but once again I made it there and was glad I did. My crazy list goes on to things I will not ever again put in my mouth - bananas, mango's, plantains..are all on that list!!! For the most part I will try new things all the time. I always here my dads voice in my head saying "How do you know you don't like it until you try it???" ..... and I tell myself - you only live this life once - it ain't a dress rehearsal!! So jump in with both feet!!!!!

With that thought lingering - we stopped off in the Mission to pick up some things at the market - I see these every time we stop and I never get a snap....but this time I remembered...

They are with the snacks and spices so I am not too sure if they fall into the snack or the spice arena - but I am sorely tempted to buy some and find out!! I love me some shrimp!! I also got some snaps of a great mural I do not think I have ever shown - It is a pictorial history of Mesoamerica - including a Jaguar Knight from Mexico, an Olmec head, a Nazca hummingbird and a Mayan Lord....

to the left the mural wraps around the corner and continues on the front of the church..


I love that San Francisco has lots of murals, but the Mission seems to have the bulk of them - and here is an advertising mural I like....

I always enjoy a Laundromat with happy washers!! :)
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I got together my copies of "A Christmas Carol".... Here is a snap of them.....

In the top left - 2001 - "ACC" adapted by Stephen Krensky, pictures by Dean Morrissey, beneath that is a children's version 1991 - Illustrated by Marie DeJohn, In the upper middle with the spine up is a- 1985 - "Treasury of Dickens" with three of my favorite stories, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and ACC, printed in Great Britain. Beneath that is a Barnes a Noble PPB - 2000 - of Dickens Christmas Stories (many people are surprised to find out that Dickens wrote other Christmas stories) At the top again the red and green cloth bound version- 1901 - ACC, below that is a nice facsimile of "Old Christmas" by Washington Irving, moving down to the red bound with green spine - 1937 - ACC, next down is - 1994 - "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol", back to the top right the Blue Dust Jacket - 1993 - ACC - is a great version - an exact facsimile edition of the autographed manuscript from the Pierpont Morgan Library, moving down - 2006 - ACC, Illustrated by PJ Lynch on top of this edition is an ACC that was privately printed by Ball Brothers Company in Muncie Indiana - I would guess in the late 30's early 40's. This does not include all the Christmas books I have, that's a whole other pile of books!!
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I have been stitching away on an exchange so no snaps of that , yet.

Thanks again for stopping by and wading through all by babble!! Do stop by again.

Take care,
edgar

12 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

The dude is also afraid of heights, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't regret going to the top of the World Trade Center. (You could sit "in" the window, like you were hanging over the edge, and he did have real problems moving after that, but I'm pretty sure he's forgiven me.) Now he uses his fear as an excuse not to clean the gutters! :)

Katya5 said...

Impressive mural! Where is it in SF?

Maggie O said...

Love the murals and the intense colours. Always a learning experience visiting your blog. You gotta pick your fights and you seem to know your limits/ comfort zone. I am the same with water...but I swam ( if you can call it that) with my grandchildren on holiday - boy were they surprised and delighted at the same time and I was pleased that I did it. Check off another one!!

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Fear of heights...check
Fear of eating anything I don't recognize...check
Fear of not trying anything and everything at least...check, check...LOL! Like you, I give it at least one go at it...and, I'm still living!!

Love the murals...especially the happy washing machines...adorable!!

HAPPY STITCHIN'
Terri

Rachel S said...

you are brave to try those shrimp.

Roberta said...

I am with you on the height thing!!! but I have taken the choice and gone up where no man or woman should go!!

Food is never a problem - sometimes one does have to maybe say no thanks!!

I love the murals in SF, they are all over - love the happy washing machines!!

Denise said...

I must admit I'm surprised! I pictured you having shelf after shelf of 'A Christmas Carol'...However, I feel sure you will have that many one day.
I continue to enjoy all the photos you share of your fair city.

Dancing With Pussycats said...

Edgar, the Christmas Carol is one of my favorite tales. I only have about 4 copies of the book. I was surprised when one of my favorite scenes was missing in one of them and started to research the Christmas Carol. (Dickens tweaked the story several times and that's why there's different versions.) I contacted the SF library and got a very young woman on the phone. I asked her to put me through to the literature department because I had questions about the Christmas Carol. She was very insistent that the literature department had no music and I needed the music department! I kept trying to explain but she just didn't understand. Funny and a little sad.

Peggy Lee said...

Soooo...are you going to try the shrimp? I too am a lover of ALL seafood, especially shrimp but I have to say those don't look too appetizing! I'm curious to know what you think.

Anonymous said...

My husband and younger son also have a fear of heights. My husband got up to the whispering wall in St. Paul's. My son agreed to go all the way to the top with my oldest and me-he hasn't forgiven me yet! We didn't realize that at the top of the dome you have to go outside-around a narrow walkway and back in on the other side! He was not happy!!
Nancy D.

DonnaTN said...

Not so much afraid of heights, but after getting truly seasick 2 different times trying to go snorkling, I have a pretty good fear of smallish boats and open sea! What is wrong with bananas and mangoes? I love them, but I haven't tried plantains. I once had a dog who loved bananas. She had to have some any time I ate one. It was a good way to disguise doggy pills!

CalamityJr said...

What a beautiful mural. Thanks for sharing - I can feel like I've (almost) been there even though many states away!