A real surprise today — I happened to stumble across two characters from my childhood.With the office move happening today, I ended up working from my cubicle at Appliance Park. Lunch places are pretty scarce around that facility so I headed to Jefferson Mall for my repast. I was just walking through when one of the kiddie rides caught my eye — there was Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men! I’m not aware the Bill and Ben is even shown here in the States, so seeing them here was a real surprise. For Aussies looking for a nostalgia kick, or for my American friends who’d like to see what passed for children’s programming in the late 60’s, here are a couple of Bill and Ben clips I found on YouTube. (Interesting bit of trivia I just read — evidently the same guy who did the voices for Bill and Ben also did the voice of the Daleks on Dr Who!). So first is a short clip of Bill and Ben dancing — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOv2cUv4gcU. And for part an episode of the show (including the “Watch with Mother” opening title), see here — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcF9JSxkUSE. Enjoy!
Today is the day before the office move, so I took advantage of some time this afternoon to carry a few boxes over to my new office space in the building behind us. As I was making the first trip I noticed this unusual motorbike in the parking lot between the tow buildings, and thought to myself, I think this might be my photo today.(Bit of a coincidence for you. I realized today that my office is the same one that I took the photo from on Feb 17 when I was exploring this new space for the first time. Who knew? Here is the link to that photos — http://matts-2012-iphone-project-365.posterous.com/friday-february-17)
One of my regular lunch spots is Heitzman’s Bakery, around the corner from the office. Every time I go I have walk past these display cases to get to the counter to place my order, but I always manage to resist the temptation to add something a little extra to my order. I should get bonus points for that, right? (Okay, I will admit that the willpower isn’t absolute. I have been known to pick up a fragment of a cookie or cake on the way out to my car if they have samples on display. I’m only human after all!)P.S. The date on the photo reflects when I processed it and not when I shot it, in case anyone thinks I’m fudging my project (to borrow a bakery term.) 🙂
On the way out of the office, I grabbed a quick shot of the freshly painted lines in the parking lot at work, thinking it would make a nice, simple graphic study. However, when I got home and looked at it again, it looked a tad bit boring. So like a potter, I set out to see if I could reshape this image and turn it into something else. And a few apps later, I managed to turn the parking lot stripes into a red velvet cupcake (well, that’s what I see here anyway!)
An occasional and very welcome treat from home in the spotlight!
June and I visited the second half of the Homearama display today. Overall, we thought the houses in this group were much better than the site we visited last week. They seemed to have much more interesting layouts and better use of space — although all of them were way too big for June and I. However, a scaled down version of the last house we walked through would be nice. The subdivision was quite a drive into the county and was miles from anywhere, situated among farming properties. It seemed appropriate then to have a tractor ride from the parking lot to the entrance of the tour.
A quick visit to Liquor Barn today to top up on the ol’ Bombay gin supplies. (June’s drink of choice these days is a Bulldog, and I occasionally veer into G & T territory on particularly hot days for our weekend cocktail sessions, so the gin gets a bit of a hammering.) I was initially attracted by the bright colors in the awning against the blue sky, but even turning it into a faux-negative the image retains quite a bit of pop.