The Writer’s Almanac informs me that on this day in 1927 the first successful television image was demonstrated, by the inventor Philo T. Farnsworth. And the rest, as they say, is…… Shhhh! Wait for the commercial! After a long and litigious patent dispute with RCA, Mr. Farnsworth was upheld in court as the inventor but he never made much money from his patents. Nonetheless, I hold him personally responsible for bringing “reality television” into my home and vow, when I become a father, be they sons or daughters, I will refuse to name any of my children Philo.
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There is trouble in the cement pond. Tests confirm the water chemistry is fine but the pool looks cloudy and, dare I say, a little green. I have brushed and vacuumed everything. The consultant at the pool store advises to add clarifier and wait 48 hours. If the water still looks cloudy I am to add 3 pounds of chlorine. At the same time I was getting the water tested, I had them check out the vacuum. The device, which I have dubbed ‘Lucius P Hoffman’, wanders around the pool every night from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM with the objective of sucking up dirt and debris. He doesn’t seem to be keeping up with the monsoon this year but the technician assures me that all is as it should be with him.
My frustration with the pool store’s inability to define the problem or suggest a solution, however, pales compared the the real horror of my visit. They are putting up their Christmas displays already. At 10:30 AM on September 7th they already have a fully assembled, lighted Christmas tree. It stands right next to the display of orange and black plastic plates decorated with spider webs and the words, “Eat, Drink and Be Scary”. How ecumenical!
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Arizona Opera is doing a production of Wagner’s Die Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) in November. We have friends coming into town to see it. I have seen the opera before and look forward to seeing what this production will be. One of our guests sent a photo he’d found from another production. I searched online and found a photo from still another production that appears to be in a similar vein.
I am left with three observations:
- This is not the Pirates of the Caribbean.
- I can see why these friends may be interested in crossing a time zone or two to see this opera again.
- Not everyone can carry off a look that combines denim, leather, and dyed ostrich feathers…but when it works, it works.
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Like most dogs, Harper is not a fan of the vacuum cleaner. It makes a loud noise and she isn’t clear what, exactly, is the point of using it. Normally, when she hears it she goes into her cage; her safe place. Today, unfortunately I was vacuuming around the cage so she got up on the bed and looked tragic. Camille/Violetta have nothing on our Harper.