What a Day Thursday, Aug 23 2007 

19 August 2007

What a day. For the first time since Bristol Faire became Bristol Faire, it did not open on a day it was supposed to open. The rain was soft and gentle and sporadic most of Saturday until about 8pm. The skies opened. It rained hard and harder and then hard again until about 8am. That 12 hours and nearly 7″ of rain prompted a difficult decision — to not open. It was primarily for the safety of the patrons that this decision was made, and I for one, applaud the choice. But, you know what this meant? Exploration day! We had been meaning to go to Kenosha on Monday, but presented with this opportunity how could we not take advantage. So, into town we went in search of what had been described to me as, “the best hamburger you’ll ever have.” The description wasn’t far off. Spanky’s truly has one of the best burgers I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The joint itself wasn’t too bad, either. I could spend time there. From there, we went out to the shore of Lake Michigan and took many photos of rocks and water spray and waves and lighthouses and each other. Much fun. Then, we joined Kat and Sean and Amber for a few more beers and made hystericals over my lack of hearing (“Don’t Make Me Fuck a Latte, No!”). The day was starting to get a little long in the tooth and we were still in Kenosha, we’d made plans for dinner with Joseph and Kelly (even having so recently seen them for lunch at Spankys – we really do love those two). So, we trundled through the rain and floody places toward Racine on the WI32. Suddenly a loud “ohhh, I want a picture of that!” spun my head, but not in time. I turned around and drove into the parking area of Carthage University to get a photo of this Red Bridge that Marita Beth had espied from the 32. I had to escape the car in order to get a photo, but being in sandles I didn’t wish to walk too far in the wet, muddy grass. Nonetheless, I think the photo is quite nice in and of itself, even without the surrounding narrative.
Red Bridge
And still, the day wasn’t over. We picked up J & K and headed to the Carlton Grange in Milwaukee for a delightful meal. That’s a place I could easily spend too much time and money in. Quite late in the evening, Marita Beth and I returned home to her abode sated, happy and in love.
Cheers.

~KR (19 August 2007)

Listening to:
Lullaby by On the Rocks
on OTR

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Through the Screen Thursday, Aug 23 2007 

18 August 2007

Some would call Marita Beth’s life glamorous, or full of adventure. Some are even jealous of her travelling schedule. I think if those folk knew the truth, they might think otherwise. Certainly there are aspects of her life that are to be envied or emulated. But, when you recall the specifics of her living arrangements, perhaps it’s not so grand. View Out the Door
This photo is taken from inside her living quarters. It spans across the catwalk that she must traverse every time she wishes to leave her space; the photo continues on to look over the roof that she must walk on to get to the stairs; there we get a view of the rail that prevents her from falling off the roof in the middle of the night. The photo is taken through the screen, which causes a little bit of fuzziness to the photo and a cool star-pattern from the lights, but ultimately is there to keep out the dog-sized mosquitos that litter the air. Yes, there is much to admire about Marita Beth and her lifestyle, but at times, I don’t envy it so much. All I can say is that I miss her terribly when she’s gone.
Cheers.

~KR (18 August 2007)

Listening to:
Post Script by Gary Burton & Chick Corea
on Native Sense

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.3 sec (3/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 21.3 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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