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Busy With Life

I’ve been busy with life. There’s nothing new to report. I’m assigned to a project at work that makes me feel like I’m standing on the deck of the Titanic after it hit the iceberg. Enjoy this Louis Recchia painting Cindi gave me a while back.

Louis Recchia, Uninvited Visitor, acrylic on board, 6 3/4 x 12.

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The Shoe Story

The man who hired me back as a contractor complimented me on the shoes I was wearing on Tuesday. I simply thanked him. I knew if I gave him any details about the shoes it would be a conversation I regretted. He has a way of converting every conversation into a story about him. My simple thank you turned out to be the catalyst for a monologue where I listed and nodded my head. The man stopped at my desk and proceeded to tell me how he is a “shoe man”. That comment almost made me laugh out loud. I’ve only seen him wear one pair of dress shoes, which were black with a square toe and probably dated back to 2003. He usually wears some type of trainers. He stuck out his foot to show me the new shoes he was wearing. He made a point of telling me they were Sketchers, as if he was wearing something stylish from Barneys. By this time, I knew why he complimented me on my shoes. He wanted me to comment on his new shoes. I didn’t take the bait. His Sketchers were deplorable, as most Sketchers are, in my opinion. He then went on to tell me how he thought the two millennials on the team wore really cool shoes. I told him I didn’t pay attention to the shoes the millennials wore, which was my way of saying their shoes aren’t remarkable. In fact the millennials usually wear some type of athleisure shoe. Thankfully, I had to join a conference call so I had an excuse to end the conversation.

I will admit I am a shoe snob. I like well-made shoes. I like pricey shoes. I like shoes you will not see on every other man. I covet the shoe collection of a certain man in Louisiana. He will often post pictures of the shoes he wears to work. No rubbish! As Dr. Spo would say.

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Shoes Can Wait

I have a tale to tell about shoes but I don’t have time to compose it today. In the meantime, enjoy this fantastic photo by the great Ellen von Unwerth of Claudia Schiffer and great vintage Chevrolet taken in 1991.

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Best Of Friday

Fawn Atencio opened a show of new works at Mai Wyn Fine Art on Thursday. I saw the show on Thursday night. I liked Fawn’s work better than anything I saw Friday night at the galleries.

Wayfinding, gouache and mixed media on BFK paper on panel.

Upper Rio Grande, gouache and mixed media on BFK paper on panel.

Sucession, mixed media on paper on panel.

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Correcting Poor Behavior

Two weeks ago, the detective asked me to go out for breakfast on Sunday. We were to talk on Saturday afternoon to firm up plans. I left him a voice mail early Saturday afternoon. The detective went MIA. I made other plans for Sunday as I’m not about to sit at home at wait for a man to call.

Last Friday, I texted the detective to see if he was still alive. He was. He asked me to have lunch on Sunday. I agreed to have lunch. I didn’t bring up the previous weekend as that was a conversation I wanted to have in person. I told the detective to pick me up at noon on Sunday.

I had a most enjoyable time at lunch. I always have fun with him. The detective told about the circumstances that caused him to blow me off the previous weekend. I told him my friends don’t treat me that way. If he wanted to be my friend he had to treat me with respect. If he does it again, he’s out of my life. I spoke in a calm and deliberate manner. The detective had a deer in the headlights look. It was as if he’d never been called out for his poor behavior. He apologized and agreed to never blow me off again. If he had to cancel plans, he’d text or call. Mission accomplished. And then the detective paid for lunch.

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Best of Friday

I don’t have time to write a post. Here’s my favorite piece of art from my gallery tour on Friday night.

Mary Mackey, Read Between the Lines, mixed media on panel, 64 x 84. Available at Mary Mackey Fine Art.

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Saved From Demolition


When this house sold, I was sure it was destined to be torn down. It had not been kept up and sits on a prime lot across from a park in a highly-desired neighborhood. Instead, the new owners decided to take it down to the studs and start over. I’m thankful the owners decided to preserve this local gem.

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