October 31, 2013

A Halloween Chronology

My friend Nora suggested I do a Halloween post chronicling my childhood costumes. Here are the photos; there were a few years in which I had two costumes. If I earlier had blogged an image (or a similar one), then I link to that post in the corresponding year.

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1965? Dad must have missed the moment.
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Same problem for 1966, but I have this:
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Finally, here is an image from 1994. I dressed as a moose for a workplace party. It's the only time I've worn a Halloween costume as an adult:


October 30, 2013

Controlled Burn

The Lithuanian village of Naujamiestis ("New Town") celebrates an old autumn ritual by burning a straw "village".

"'We also wanted to create one, but our sculptures kept falling apart,' said Antanas Bajerunas, an employee of a neighbouring community's cultural centre."

Gigi Reunion

Suburban Chicago, October 1969. Gigi's turquoise collar had "diamond" studs on the side opposite the buckle.

Holy Communion (Part 17)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 7, 1961. My Dad's twin sister, Jonė, and another mother await the seating of the Communicants.

I hope that's not a grape.

Chicago, Illinois, October 1966. My Mom loves large dogs.

November Nears

Vilnius, Lithuania, about 1932. Suzanne—the wife of my Dad's cousin, Henry—readies for winter.
Thanks to Suzanne's Granddaughter—my Kaunas Cousin—for making this photo available to us.

October 29, 2013

Rankings: Education and Economies

A Study.

Nosebleed Seating

University of Wisconsin—Madison, October 12, 2013. Earlier this month, Mr. Irene and I attended the University of Wisconsin / Northwestern football game. It's only the second game I've attended. Some college classmates invited us, and we sat in the "Visitors" section. Although both Mr. Irene and I got dizzy as we climbed to our rim seats, we had a great time.

Halloween Decorations

Suburban Chicago, October 1968. My Dad's cousin and her husband visited our home one autumn. I've looked at this snapshot many times; the image reminds me of how much I hated that velvet hat—and how much I loved my Mom's knitted coat. When I scanned the photo, I saw that there were Halloween decorations on the bay window and door. 

Dad took this photo as we were departing for Oakbrook Center.

Related by Marriage: Army Buddies (Part 19)

Bad Kissingen, Germany, 1948. In this "Army Buddies" snapshot, Mr. Irene's Dad stands with a fellow recruit from the canine unit.

Olympic Sweaters, in Three Takes

Ralph Lauren again produced uniforms for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. This time, the garments are American made (recall the controversy that erupted during the London Olympics).
Wouldn't the sweaters be more attractive without the "Polo" centered on the pieces? Compare the sweaters Dale of Norway created for the Norwegian and American ski teams.

Dale of Norway also published its Olympic sweaters as knitting patterns. I've knitted variations of "Albertville" several times:

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