Friday, June 12, 2009

Art fort

The first photo is what I saw in front of my desk when I walked in this morning. (Actually, it's still what I see right now!) It's a piece of art strapped onto a rolling A-frame, which is what museum workers use to safely transport pieces within the museum.

I walked around to the front and saw that it was a very large oil painting!

This piece is called The Last Civil War Veteran and was painted by Larry Rivers in 1961. He is considered a Godfather of Pop Art and was acquainted with Jackson Pollock. I was told it's a new acquisition and an important piece.

It's really neat that it's here for the time being, but it's also like an extra wall in my office!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ah, love

This photo was taken in my neighborhood. I don't know about you, but I think there is nothing more romantic than an apology/love letter, written in silver pen on a sidewalk sale sign....

It says: Amy, I love you (heart), I miss you. I trust you. I want to tell you I'm sorry for saying your name. It's just hard to talk to people about personal issues. I want us to kick it on the beach?? or do you have any throw backs?

Questions: What is a throw back? Why/how would Amy see this?
Hey Amy, I just want to let you know how I feel. Go to this sign that's taped up on a pole, yeah, the one for the sidewalk sale....I totally left you a note.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Illustrious David Scannell

This is a bust of David Scannell, who had been an early San Francisco Sheriff, as well as one of the first Chief Engineers (the old term for Department Chief) of the San Francisco Fire Department. Scannell was a pretty interesting guy and was much loved by the people of San Francisco. 

While doing some research, we found a funny story about him.

Apparently in 1887, Queen Kapi'olani and Princess Lili'uokalani of Hawaii made a trip the Bay Area to visit family and to look at San Francisco's firefighting equipment. Chief Engineer Scannell had fought a fire early that week in which an acid explosion had turned his hair green (?!). So, in anticipation of the royal family's arrival, he wore a derby hat to hide his weird hair color. However, as a proper Victorian gentlemen, he bowed when they entered, and removed his hat, momentarily forgetting the reason why he had the hat on in the first place. Embarrassed, he quickly replaced it, forgot what he was supposed to say and stammered an apology-- which greatly amused the Queen!

(There is a nice account of the Queen's visit here:

Monday, February 2, 2009

Good point

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. --Robert Frost

This quote made me laugh and makes me feel pretty good about being in school right now.