Archives for the month of: May, 2014

I saw six packs of Genesee Cream Ale in the cooler of my local convenience store and it brought back memories of my grandparents who lived near Utica, New York. I thought that we had been on a brewery tour when I was a kid but I think I’m confusing it with the Utica Club Brewery in….Utica, New York. At any rate, it’s not a bad cheap beer but I can see myself getting sick of it if I’m not careful.

 

Genesee Cream Ale, $3.99 for a six pack of tall boys.

Genesee Cream Ale, $3.99 for a six pack of tall boys.

I really like the simple green, white and black design of the can.

I really like the simple green, white and black design of the can.

 

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Another view of the silver maple trunk from my previous post.

Backyards 2014 05-46 PM

On July 4, 2011 I drew the backyards to the north from my balcony. The top portion of the drawing is dominated by a large silver maple. Last fall they trimmed everything off the tree leaving only the trunk and I assume that will go one day in the near future. The absence of that foliage dramatically changes the view and feel of our backyard and alley. Where there once was sheltering foliage there is now a jumble of cables against a background of roof tops.

The new view to the north.

The new view to the north.

The silver maple that used to tower over our yards.

The silver maple that used to tower over our yards.

On my final day in Washington D.C. I visited the National Museum of American History. What I found more interesting than the feature exhibitions were the display cases with random objects from American History: medical devices from the 70’s, Betty Davis’ coat from Voyager Now and one of Google’s original handmade servers. The technology stuff in particular show from what humble beginnings our amazing modern devices come from.

The permanent display of the Star Spangled Banner was also very impressive. I had no idea it was so big, originally 30 x 42 feet (now 30 x 34 feet thanks to souvenir takers long ago).

On the down side, the food in the cafeteria was pretty bad, expensive and the service was surly. On the definite upside, one of the display cases had a face jug, one of my favorite drawing subjects.

 

Face Jug

Face Jug

10-59 AM

The remains from my depressingly bad lunch at the museum’s food service.