Buck Knives

Buck 501 If a person receives bad customer service from a business, I think the rule of thumb is they would tell 7 times as many people compared to if they received good customer service. It’s human nature to complain and share the misery.  If you go shopping and find everything you need without a hitch, where’s the story in that? Continue reading »

Relaxing Saturday

IMG_8420Liz and I spent an afternoon at the Phoenix Art Museum this weekend. The exhibit that interested me the most was “Modern Art – from New York to New Mexico”.

The first room of paintings featured mostly cubism – cubism never really interested me on an aesthetic level, hence no photos. The only Cubist painting I really like is Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” – which I think is one of the greatest paintings of all time.

The Phoenix Art Museum does allow photography of works in their own collection, no flash, of course. The only Duchamp in the show was privately owned, and off limits.

There is an Andy Warhol exhibit, several rooms of his portraits. That entire exhibit was off limits to photography, you could not even take a photo of an overview looking into the exhibit.

Whether you like Andy or not, you have to agree that he was involved in a major flood change in the art world.

angel's trumpet tapsAfter the museum, we had lunch at The Angel’s Trumpet in downtown Phoenix. The Trumpet is a hipster bar with 30 craft brews on tap, and an excellent menu.

We ordered flights – a flight is a tray of six 3-ounce glasses – a perfect way to sample beers you normally would not purchase by the pint.  I had a ground pork burger with bacon and barbeque sauce on a pretzel roll.

On the way home, we stopped by the Tempe Marketplace, and I picked up a bottle of Glenmorangie 12-year single malt for those evenings when I just don’t feel like filling up on cheap beer.


1956 Coleman Lantern

1956 Coleman LanternLiz just expanded my lantern collection. The collection started with a couple of Dietz kerosene railroad lanterns acquired at an auction. I added a JustRite battery powered lantern with a blue globe a few years ago. That ended my focus on kerosene lanterns.

The newest acquisition is a Coleman Model 200A lantern built in September of 1956. The 200A was a single mantle lantern built from 1951 until 1983. In 1952, the base color was changed from green to red.

This one will be an easy restoration project, all of the parts are still easily acquired today. It has a few dings and some rust – not a perfect specimen, but that adds to the character – and it is serviceable. All of the parts appear to be original.

This brings up fond memories of camping with the family as a child. There was one campground that I remember – I forget the name of the place – but they had a one-eyed duck on the grounds. We would go canoeing, but the high point was always the campfire at night.

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Purple Sage
Purple Sage, Texas Sage

The first time I ever heard of Purple Sage was in the name of the band, New Riders of the Purple Sage. I thought purple sage was an herb – but growing up on the east coast, I suppose that can be forgiven!

We have a Purple Sage in our front yard, and once a year it gives evidence of its name. It displays bright purple flowers for about a week, then becomes just another green shrub for the rest of the year. Continue reading »