Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Taws - a type of carpet bowl. A what? Carpet bowls are ceramic and big - as large as 3.5 inches in diameter. Guess what type of surface the game is played on.
Oxbloods - for their dark red color. Only mildly creepy.
Clambroths - you're kidding, right? Clambroths? Chicken broth not good enough? Clambroths have stripes of uniform thickness. They bear no resemblance to a clam or a broth.
Source: Collecting antique marbles : identification and price guide / Paul Baumann.
You might also like: Marble mania / edited by Stanley A. Block.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Source: Chase's ... calendar of events.
Graphic source: COLLECTION: Baseball Cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Duesenberg by Dennis Adler, the term 'doozy' is derived from the name of the Duesenberg automobile because that car was so darn amazing. If someone referenced the Duesenberg, you knew it was time to put on your party hat. Adler's book even says The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has trademarked the slogan "It's a Duesey". Lest we forget. Local bonus: the car had its roots in Iowa where Fred D. built the first 'Duesenberg' - a gas powered motorcycle! Because he was obsessed with bicycle racing and the pace horses were too slow. Iowa is awesome.It's a doozy! Meaning it's fantastic! Astounding! Sweet! (A nod to you under-40 types.) According to the book
More Duesenberg Books
More Duesenberg Books
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
I couldn't stand it, I looked up bituminous! It means "impregnated with bitumen". Aaaaah!!! When will I learn to look up the simplest form of the word? When? Bitumen. Oh dear. The definition is a whole paragraph long. I think I'll stick to macadam. More surfaces tomorrow.
Source: Des Moines Register 5/12/1950
Friday, September 16, 2011
More information on the festival: Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival
Books of interest at the Des Moines Public Libraries:
Toward the preservation of a heritage : Latin American and Latino art in the midwestern United States
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Who is Baby, actually Frances, named after?
Frances Perkins, the first woman selected for the Cabinet Huh.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
American Graffiti. The first time I realized it was possible for me to care about cars. I still want a T-bird with a porthole window.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Independence Day - seen in a theater that consisted of folding chairs and a screen on a stand.
Breakin' and Breakin'2 Electric Boogaloo. When only Hammer pants will do.
Shag. It's 1963; Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda and Iowa's own Annabeth Gish go in search of pre-wedding mayhem. Shag is a dance by the way.
Sandlot. Big Scary Dog but the kids triumph! Sandlot baseball kind of screams summer, doesn't it?
Grease. The movie may span a school year, but it starts out with Summer Nights.
More to come!
Monday, September 5, 2011
Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Which pretty much limits you to naps, movies and reading. Have fun! The dingus in the picture is some kind of wood splitting thingy. Aren't you glad you don't have to split wood? Although I do enjoy splitting the occasional hair. There it is, a touch of levity for the holiday! All six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be open their regular hours tomorrow. Enjoy!
Friday, September 2, 2011
All six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday September 3rd, 4th and 5th for the Labor Day holiday. According to the World Book Encyclopedia, Labor Day is also observed in Canada. Plus Europe celebrates on May 1 and in Australia they honor the Eight Hour Day. And here I thought it was just us.