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Looks like I strolled out of the Convent…

Actually, the headline here was supposed to read ‘…like I strolled out of the Convention Center….” but I thought the way it turned out was funnier.

Monday, January 15, ~5:00PM: I’d walked out of the convention center at the Gaylor Opryland Hotel to find this spectacular winter sunset.  And, lo and behold, I actually had my camera with me.  Because I’d just been to a photography trade show (PPAImaging).

Winter Footwear

I confess, I don’t quite get a lot of what passes for women’s footwear.

Which is what was going through my mind last Saturday at the Downtown Art Crawl, where I have a wall of my photography on exhibit at Erabellum,  a coop gallery in The Arcade.

The temperatures were in the low-20s that night, but one woman apparently thought that open-toed pumps were entirely suitable for the occasion.

Brr.

But what do I know about women’s fashion (or women, for that matter….)

Let’s hear it for sensible shoes.  And David Lee Roth…

A Modest Proposal for “The Holidays”

… or whatever you want to call this time of year – also my first actually thought-out, direct-to-Facebook post in several months. I’m sure this one oughta win me lotsa new friends..

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This is what I’m thinking about in the early evening of a cold Sunday in December:

First of all, this thing we call “Christmas” starts out as a religious holiday and as such has no business being on the “official” calendar of a nation that honors that other tradition called “the First Amendment.” But never mind, it’s a nice tradition (even if it does come in the dead of winter, and for some reason coincides with the not only the worst weather of the year but the worst traffic as well…).

Coming as it does on a Monday this year, I’m thinking the tradition could use an updating. Call it “XmasOS2017”:

For starters, the date is entirely arbitrary since nobody really knows when Jesus or Emmanuel or whatever his actual name was was actually born. It could just have well been in March or August. The only reason a date in December was chosen – back in something like the 4th century – was to co-opt the Pagan traditions around the Winter Solstice.

So how about – instead of a religious holiday on Dec 25, we declare a religiously-neutral holiday for friends-and-family gatherings and gift exchanges on the Monday following the last weekend in December? Then every year we’d have a three-day weekend at the end of the year.
I’m trying to think what to call it. How about…oh, I know…

FESTIVUS!
(damn, why didn’t <I> think of that…?)

OK, that’s my contribution to the occasion. Now, please don’t lecture me with “…. but this is a Christian Nation!” Oy, don’t start me…

And in case your wondering, Thomas Jefferson pretty much agrees.

In Case You Were Wondering

Well,  maybe you weren’t wondering.   But I’m the kind of guy who looks at a movie and wonders “where’d they put the camera?”

So if you’re are wondering how – or more importantly where – they shot the scenes of Luke Skywalker’s ancient Jedi Temple in “The Last Jedi,” here’s your answer.

A rocky island called Skellig Michael, 7 miles off the coast of Ireland, served as the location for the final scene at the end of  “Episode VI, The Force Awakens.”

But the site is much to fragile to accomodate the rigors of a lengthy location shoot, so the 7th-century dry masonry beehive huts of the abandoned  monastery  on Skellig Michael were recreated on a cliff over the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula.

Dont bother looking for the location now, though.  Everything was struck from the site once the filming was completed.