Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I wen go Hawai'i in Centah City.

Ehhhh! Took me one week fo' find dis place, yeah, but finally,  yeah. Das da Poi Dog for Ono Grindz, in Philadelphia, one island of Hawai'i on da East Coast.
Das da spirit, gotta spred 'em ovah heah 'cuz, you know, deez guys, dey need 'em bad.
An' on top da menu, have...yeah, das right: da SPAM MUSUBI!!!

Almost wen go have haht attack, I wuz so happy.
An' even get da Hawaiian Sun Guava juice, brah. Das like, bring da islands home to you, even do' you no stay deah, yeah.
An aftah, no get habut, jes come back one uddah time. Save yo' pennies an' try da poke or da kahlua pig!
Hawaiian designs on da floah, like Tutu used-ted to make.
An' one good use of da can of SPAM - fo' hold da chopsticks! Boy, dose guys wen go tink of everyting, an den. Akamai, dat.
Sorry so blurry, bruddahs and titas, but you can check 'em out: you get yo' macaroni salad, yo' kahlua pig, an'...yo' two scoops rice! Wid da poke smilin' atchoo on da leff-hand side of da peetchah.
An den, da SPAM MUSUBI, almost, what can I say...spiritual, yeah, on top da MAHALO. Still nevah yet wen go eat 'em. Jes waiting fo' wen get da munchies again.
An' das right, das da spirit - kokua, da planet gon' tank you.

Aw, wuz so ono and so good, I wen go feel a little homeseeck, aftah, but das arright, bum bay can handle. So good fo' have one little island of Hawai'i in da meedle of all dis mainlan' kine stuffs.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

West Chester & Baldwin Book Barn Expedition.

Second week with our Ceruleum guests. They've been to several classes, including Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Workshops. Elliot, with his frank critiques, made a strong impression. Rounding out the week with Professional Practices, Client Project, and 3D Environments.

We went on a drive today to see more rural views of farms, stone houses, and (still) bare trees.West Chester business, here. Kind of an interesting name, though the reality might be, well...reality.

On the menu on one of the food carts at West Chester University "Hawiian Chicken", whatever that may be.

We strolled around the campus for a few minutes in the drizzle. I'd never set foot there before, so it was interesting to see a traditional campus - this one decent.

Nobody knew what the tall tower was - we asked several people. The squatter structure is a water tower, but the taller thing looked like a former industrial chimney converted to use as a cell phone tower, but that's just hazarding a guess.
There was a door at the bottom of the tower - oddly open and leading into the hollow inside.
Baldwin's Book Barn. Glad it's still around. What a great thing - smell of books and the pot-bellied wood stove. 4 floors of used books in an old barn.
Investigating the different sections, accessible via wooden stairs.
The one cat on display today - big, black one. Friendly.
Instructions to heed.
These former produce crates hold books and their original ad illustrations.

Keeping an eye on the clientele.

This sort of thing puts Ikea in perspective.
I was glad to see my charges enjoy their time amongst the books. Knowledge in this format makes an impression that is unique and valuable, still.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ceruleum: Chestnut Hill & the Wissahickon.

The UArts Student Financial Services office the day before, looking a little like a Staples checkout counter.

A day off from class, exploring a little past Center City: the genteel charms of Chestnut Hill (used cd and record store, the Starbucks, grocery co-op, market courtyard sandwich shop, toy store, 10,000 Villages), and then on for a 2-hour hike through the Wissahickon, still half-covered in snow.
Thumbs up for crab sandwich in good company!
Forbidden Drive recovering from recent snowfall.

Wintry perspective.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ceruleum visit.

Yesterday we welcomed two students from Ceruleum School of Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. They will be visiting the University of the Arts for the next two weeks, and taking in as much of Philadelphia as they can.

First stop was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Tea house is my favorite.

The cloister is also full of ambiance, uprooted though it may be.
Calder, with Diana in the background, freshly gilded.
The modern art wing: Dissection of a walk.

Good ol' Marcel.
Otherwise known as "R. Mutt".
Checking out more Marcel.
Wrapping up the Surrealist pit stop.

We went to Chinatown afterwards for good ramen at Naoki's.

The start of an adventure - attending animation classes, heading to New York for a studio tour, checking out the city, and other eventful. A big welcome to our two guests! And thanks to our UArts animator, who accompanied us.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tomorrow for Today.

Tomorrow for Today, the latest song, with himself on guitar, vocals, bass, etc., except a drum loop, and a harmony vocal addition by former Random Pilot Erin, recorded via laptop and a microphone at an outdoor amphitheater in the midst of geese.

Oregon rain and trees.

The view from below.

Recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, to reconnect some old dots, seed the future, and breathe the air.
Academic park.
Pine tree destination.
Scope of the lay of the land.
More interlopers in the savannah.
Angst at the train station.
Slimy puddle guys.
Chemin vert vers ciel bleu.
Silhouette against rain clouds.
Amphitheater in the bog.
Winter snow hat.