Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012

Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012
Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas at Luche Libre Taco Shop in San Diego, March 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2018

To Whom.Have You Promised Your Last Dance To...?

One Little Tweak In The Wiring

If every single bite of every single carbohydrate-filled pasta dish I ever ate burned my throat as if acid was washing down it, I would be super-fit

Monday, March 12, 2018

Museum Of Nebraska Art Nebraska Now Jave Yoshimoto Showcase

Since 1994 the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska, has featured 4 annual exhibitions that feature an artist who currently lives and creates art in Nebraska. The showcase on display when we paid the museum a visit consisted of the work of Jave Yoshimoto, an Asian-American artist who has developed a unique contemporary interpretation of traditional Japanese and Chinese scroll painting.

There are many engaging pieces of Mr Yoshimoto's work on view at the MONA, but by far the most arresting/compelling piece in the exhibition is his 3 & 1/2 foot by 30 and 1/2 foot scroll titled Baptism of Concrete Estuary.

This remarkable piece of art was created by Mr. Yoshimoto as both a memorial to the thousands of men, women & children who lost their lives as a result of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the pacific coast of Japan, and as a commentary on the fleeting nature of disasters of that mind-numbing magnitude becoming just another story slated to be lost in the 20-minute update news cycles of major cable news networks.


It's not often that I feel compelled to post links to any other sites, but the artwork and mission of this talented individual more than merits it. Pay him a visit at www.javeyoshimoto.com

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument Over I-80 In South Central Nebraska

I have driven along I-80 through Nebraska (coming and going to points east & west) somewhere between "a lot" and "maybe a little more than that" over the past 15 years or so, and each and every time I have driven under the huge archway that spans the interstate a few miles east of Kearney I have said to myself, "I really should take the exit for this thing and see what it's all about."

And, until this past week, that's all I ever did - told myself the aforementioned, then kept on driving.

Finally I took the opportunity to investigate the huge archway (and by huge, I mean a 300 foot span that weighs in the neighborhood of three million pounds).

And whattaya know, it was worth every minute of the visit.

First off, the Archway Monument houses a museum inside it,  and outside it, too - the area around the Archway has a fair amount of interesting historical artifacts that dot a short pedistrian/bicycling path - such as the reproduction of a early Prairie settler's one room sod house shown below.

Second, the displays inside (and outside) the museum are very well put together, and extremely educational.

In a nutshell, the Archway is a monument to the hardy pioneers who blazed the trails that crossed the great plains and the Rocky Mountains and on into the western states.

The museum houses life-size displays featuring travelers on the California and Oregon trails, the Mormon trail (they used handcarts to carry their belongings!), Pony Express routes, the birth and growth of the railroads, and the eventual construction of the transcontinental highways.

It's a tribute to some very tough people, one I highly recommend visiting should you ever be driving along I-80 in the heart of the United States.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Boat Drinks For JPH's Birthday

Boat drinks my brothers, boat drinks.