A few evenings ago a virtuoso light extravaganza appeared to our east, lit by the setting sun opposite. These things happen occasionally but they’re often brief and always unannounced. This light show lasted about 3 minutes before dusk washed away the masterpiece.
The Stevenson Forest Preserve is one of our favorite small local venues and we managed to hit peak fall colors and a gorgeous day this weekend during a brief visit.
The Great Barrington, Massachusetts home we stayed in recently had many distinctive architectural features including some wonderful round windows. They struck me as natural framing features for photos and Stella and Lori agreed to indulge me in a few portrait experiments.
Yesterday Lori sold her 2019 Audi to an Elmira dealer. She had done her homework and got a fair price and the dealer got a very nice car in superb condition (which went on their market within a couple hours of the transaction). Lori liked the car a lot but had to make room in the garage for the next automotive adventure coming in a few weeks. More on that later but for now let’s just say we won’t be acquiring any vehicles with internal combustion engines again. The future is now!
For a long time last year the Cascadilla Gorge Trail in Ithaca was closed for trail repairs and then peripheral construction work. Today we were pleased to revisit this beautiful easy trail early enough in the day to avoid almost all other visitors. That’s remarkable given this lovely gorge cuts right through downtown Ithaca near the Cornell campus. It’s a gem right there in the middle of town.
Fireworks, picnics, family get-togethers: it’s that time of the year for the national celebration of Lori’s birthday. If she’s not so keen on another birthday, everyone else seems to be in an extra-festive mood this year, possibly due to a rebound effect from the Covid malaise. Regardless, those of us on Lori’s periphery are reaping benefits from birthday generosity and well-wishing. Happy birthday Lori, keep ’em coming for the next several dozen years.
Lori and I spent a (hot) week in Chicago exploring art and architecture with a Road Scholar tour. Among our impressions of Chicago compared to NYC (which we were much more familiar with):
- Central Chicago is cleaner than NYC.
- Chicago people are generally friendlier than their world-weary cynical NYC counterparts.
- Chicago has noticeably less panhandling and acting out than in NYC.
Chicago has a lot of great art and architecture but, at 1/4 the population of NYC, doesn’t have quite the huge breadth of arts that NYC has. Overall and despite the usual set of big-city challenges, Chicago impressed us as a vibrant city with a long record of resilience and adaptability. We’ll no-doubt return for future visits having only sampled what Chicago has to offer.