Wednesday, May 29, 2013

how times have changed #1

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have come up with another category for this ever changing blog. The world has changed "by leaps" since my youth. This post goes back even further.

Children's books were vastly different 50 years ago. The themes were odd. The language was strange. The illustration was simple and usually VERY dated (this doesn't mean lousy! It usually was awesome stuff.). There seemed to be a formula but, even so, the authors of the era could write some wording that would be considered shocking to the modern reader.

While at a Family Reading Night at my wife's school, I decided to check through this enormous pile of books which were part of the book exchange. Peeking out of the bottom of the mound was a little glimpse of an obvious Maurice Sendak illustration. Knowing my wife is a huge fan, I freed it from the mess. It turned out to be a strange little book...

I gave it a read during a lull in the action.

I ran across the reason for this post...

...and just like that, a simple and polite decline....No hole in the head! 1958. I guess this kind of language was just fine. Times have changed. It made me think of those amazing Warner Brother cartoons that consumed my youth. Yosemite Sam shootin' up the place. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck could smash each other over the head, shot each other at point blank, anvils magically falling from the sky, and everything turned out just fine. You can't beat anvils!!!!

Those were the days.........

Sunday, May 19, 2013

takin' pride in your work #1

This new set of finds will showcase a complete or general lack of caring when someone is delivering their product to the public.

Our faculty room occasionally has piles of free books that teachers donate to anyone passing through. Most are aged beyond relevant or more likely, irrelevant at the time of their printing. Having some hoarding issues, I always take the few seconds to search the piles.

This one inspired my new category...

Nothing shows the person about to read your text that it's gonna be awesome like a super pixelated mess on the cover. Not much more to say. No, I did nothing to this cover in photoshop. Just had to scan it in. I didn't read a single word beyond the cover (and even reading that was painful!).

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

got the sign done for the boss

My boss, Mr. Smith, the Principal of R. B. Walter Elementary, wanted a sign to let folks entering our school to stop into the office first. After some design, paint, assembly, and some more paint, I delivered this....

I added some simple trim pieces around both sides to give the sign some sense of thickness.

Mr. Smith ordered a great twisted wrought iron scroll hanger for my sign. To be honest, it looks better than the sign. Oh well!!! It sure does bring the eyes of the visitors upward toward the information. CHECK IN FIRST!

I think he made a fine choice.

He is retiring in a few weeks. We sure will miss him and hope his workless days are terrific.