vote slim paley for a homie!

Slim Paley Photo

Do me a rockin’ favor and vote for Slim Paley for a “Homie” for Best Home Design Blog at Apartment Therapy.  Here’s the link:

First check out the site – it’s chock full of pictures of the author’s homes and gardens, vacation pictures from around the world, and incredibly high-heeled shoes.  What sets Slim apart from the other home design blogs is her witty commentary and soundtracks.  Think if Martha Stewart, Elaine May and Vivienne Westwood had a baby.  That’s Slim.

Then go to Apartment Therapy’s site here to vote.   Scroll down to vote in the poll, then scroll down to the bottom and input this info into the comment field:

Name: Slim Paley

It requires registration to vote, which might be quick or a little finicky, but please be patient.  It’s worth it.

75 degrees and snow: sculptures in Racine, WI

California is enjoying a heat wave in January: 75 degrees.  It’s practically swimming weather but the ocean is too cold and the pool doesn’t open until May.

Cool off with these works of art I discovered on happenstance while driving with a friend through downtown Racine at Christmas time.  They are made of snow and a few icicles. Don’t get too close, you’ll shoot your eye out.


Look  at those teeth. I forgot how dangerous icicles are when my daughter tried to grab some off the building and they all came tumbling down.  Visions of Ralph in A Christmas Story making up how he shot his eye out with one of these things danced in my head (though it really was the BB gun).

ah! much tamer


cat food!

We leave the kittens and dive deep down in the sea to find fish and flowers.  Or goldfish in a tank with plastic decorations.  Either way the detail is amazing.

king neptune found his crown!

Even deeper in the sea we run into King Neptune.  Thanks to Spongebob and Patrick he found his crown.


where does a pirate sail to? Rrrrrrrrracine

Back up to the surface we find a pirate looking for Belle City (Racine’s former name) on the shores of Lake Michigan.  If he’s a literary pirate, perhaps he writes poetry met with snapping fingers:


how fingers got their groove back

Hey if a bird sat on this hand, will it be worth two in a bush (thanks Geico)?


if the monkey's cheeks melted, is he still cheeky?

Back ashore, we find an organ grinder with his monkey.  I can’t help but think of Mike Myers as “Dieter” and his pet monkey on Saturday Night Live.


for the love of dog

This is my favorite because it tells a story.  Perhaps the cowboy returns home from russlin’ up cattle and his dog spots him walking up the dusty road.  The man kneels, the dog covers him with kisses as the first one to greet him home.  There are no bad days when a dog welcomes us home.

my favorite landmark: orson welles birthplace

Foto von Orson Welles, bei seiner Aufnahme fue...

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During a trip to my hometown Kenosha last week, I asked my friend Dave to stop in front of the birthplace of Orson Welles.

I had been there before in a round-about way like a vision quest.  I asked a librarian for the address and walked around town with a friend getting lost ’til we finally said, “Mr. Welles, please direct us!” And just like it happens in the movies, we found it.

This time I had no trouble.  It was like finding my home.  I remembered the spot perfectly.  Dave obliged and snapped the following photos:

The plaque above the address (below) reads, “Orson Welles Birthplace: City of Kenosha Landmark Historic Preservation Commission.”

And finally the house which has been wonderfully maintained:

I had the pleasure of sending these photos to Mr. Welles’ daughter, Chris Welles Feder, who has never been to Kenosha.

To say I’m thrilled to experience the beginning of film history is an understatement.  Welles may have never liked Kenosha, but it doesn’t matter. The city will always take care of him.

2010 in review

Dragging the Jumbo

Image by Storm Crypt via Flickr

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 58 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 164 posts. There were 115 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 97mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 12th with 47 views. The most popular post that day was angel bones part 1.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for erma bombeck, orson welles, row away from the rocks, winston churchill, and good things about facebook.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


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