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Mon, Sep 13 2004

A Hanging Place To Hang Your Coat

Some of us live in bungalows or condos or other cozy spaces that don't always have a defined front entryway. While I might dream of 6-foot tall giraffe sculpture greeting friends at the door and a cavernous closet to hold the coats and purses of guests, the reality is that our front door opens directly into the general living space. Without an architectural miracle, we're not likely to have room for such things in the near future. So I was very intrigued by this coat rack that hangs from the ceiling.

posted at: 09:13 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

A Room With A View Is No Problem At This Inn

Drive-in theatres are disappearing from our landscape, but in Monte Vista, Colorado, the Voice of America reports that the Best Western Movie Manor Motor Inn is bringing people back with its unique location. Most of the rooms at the Inn have a large window, which is not unusual until you find out what the view out that window is. Sound is piped into the rooms, and during the day when a movie's not playing, you have the advantage of being in Colorado's high plains, with the Sangre de Cristo and the San Juan mountains for your viewing pleasure. And when the kids fall asleep watching the family-friendly films, bed is only a step away.

posted at: 08:54 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry

Santa Cruz County Fair, September 14-19

The Santa Cruz County Fair opens tomorrow. For the past few years, many hands have worked to restore the large Rodgers House, which was once occupied by Esther Steinbeck Rodgers. One archived photo shows author John Steinbeck carving the family turkey at Thanksgiving. The house was moved to the fairgrounds in 1998, and has become a permanent exhibit showcasing the area's agricultural roots. In earlier days, apples were the largest agricultural activity, but in recent decades, strawberry rows have increasingly taken a lot of the area landscape that was once full of orchards.

This year's fair theme is "Miles of Smiles", and I'll be making a special effort to visit the displays of local produce. A good friend spent many hours building a wonderful, scaled-down airplane for the Ag Building. The plane will greet fairgoers from above as it makes a turn, with a certain familiar pilot at the controls. I can't give away any more secrets. You'll just have to go visit and see for yourself.

posted at: 06:48 | category: /Playing | link to this entry

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