Milwaukee’s Forecast: No change in view

The Wisconsin Gas Building’s flame was such a pretty shade of blue beneath the overcast sky this afternoon that I had to stop and take this picture.  The flame changes color to announce the weather forecast:

When the flame is red, there’s warm weather ahead!
When the flame is gold, watch out for cold!
When the flame is blue, there’s no change in view!
When there’s a flickering flame, expect snow or rain!

Today was gray, dry (after the morning snow fizzled out), and seasonably mild (highs in the low thirties). For a December day, that’s not bad. A little blah, but very livable. “No change in view” sounds good to me! 🙂

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Paw Paw Incident: James McCoy Deposition (1889)

Paw Paw Incident: James McCoy Deposition (1889)
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This is an eyewitness account of an incident related to the infamous feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. From Brandon Ray Kirk’s excellent blog, where he posts lots of primary source materials on West Virginia history.

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Little Free Library #10 – Samson & Delilah Salon

Stopped by Colectivo at 68th and Wells Streets today to pick up a latte and some of their fabulous Hot Cocoa Mix for home. (Truly, their cocoa is the BEST! And they don’t pay me for this endorsement😄) I was lucky to get a parking spot right across the street on Wells and noticed this Little Free Library box outside the Samson & Delilah Salon.

Isn’t it clever, the way the box mimics the architecture of its parent storefront?

And speaking of Little Free Libraries, it has been a while since I posted one of these photos. (Obviously, as this post is #10, there are nine others I’ve written about so far😄) Either I’m not noticing as many of them lately, or they’re not springing up as frequently as they once did. Anyway, a few weeks ago I saw that Todd Bol (the Hudson, Wisconsin, man who founded the movement in memory of his mother) had died. What a rich legacy he left behind for the world!

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Michael Caine on life as a never-ending audition

While doing some background research for the academic article on movie trailers that I’m writing with a psychology professor in my department, I stumbled across a book by Michael Caine titled Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making (published in 2000, Amazon page here).

In its “Introduction,” Caine says that actors should always be auditioning. Every moment of their lives is basically a screen test, because you never know whom the people around you may be connected to in the film industry. “If you wind up on the screen,” he says, “it’s because you’ve done something right since the cradle—and long before you ever made it to a producer’s office.” If you have a drink at a bar where no one has ever met you before, if you pass the “screen test,” the bartender may remember that some random guy who comes in on Tuesdays is married to a woman whose sister is a makeup artist on a sitcom. That kind of thing. Caine’s philosophy is that you need to be “on” all the time—even after you’ve “made it”— basically doing the right thing, being a nice person, and always finding a way to make some lemonade when life hands you lemons.

Then he recounts a story from his own life to illustrate the what-goes-around-comes-around karma of these random life encounters. I liked it and thought I’d share.

I remember doing a film with Shirley MacLaine: Gambit. A tour bus pulls up pretty smartly as the actors are crossing the studio lot. Fans come piling out of the bus. The driver is trying to corral the actors into signing autographs on our way in. Most of the actors escaped the crowd through a side door. I, on the other hand, knew the bus driver had a job to do, and I was going to make him look good. I signed every autograph on that bus. No big deal, right? Until I tell you that the young driver of that bus turned out to be Michael Ovitz. See what I mean?

Oh, yeah. Not only can I imagine Michael Ovitz never forgot that small act of kindness, but I also have no doubt that earning the lasting gratitude of a major Hollywood mover-and-shaker might give one’s acting career a boost.

I’ve always liked Caine as an actor. His book looks intriguing, and even though I have no plans to pursue an acting career, my “to read” list just got a little longer 🙂

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Sorry about that!

WordPress used to have a nice “rebloggung” feature, and maybe they still do if you’re on your computer, but I tried to reblog a neat post on the Armistice earlier today using my phone and was not happy with the result. My WordPress app’s reader has also given me trouble here and there over the past few months. Anyway, the Armistice post, reblogged from Ici & La Nature, is about the end of WWI and the spot in a French forest where the train cars of the German envoys and French general met and the armistice was signed. Here is a link to the original post.

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France – November 11, 1918 – 100 years ago , the Great War ended there : The clearing of the Armistice – 40 photos

France – November 11, 1918 – 100 years ago , the Great War ended there : The clearing of the Armistice – 40 photos

France – November 11, 1918 – 100 years ago , the Great War ended there : The clearing of the Armistice – 40 photos
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Late Bloomer

Found this dandelion among the fallen leaves on Monday. Kind of a cheerful sight, but talk about terrible timing: Milwaukee is predicted to get approximately three inches of snow this morning (Friday, November 9)!

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