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Kimbell Art Museum Weekend Get-Away

Kimbell Museum

Thea and her former co-worker, Geoff, had been planning a get-together in Dallas just to chat and catch-up. Fortunately for me, the spouses were invited as well. It was also a good excuse to get new tires for the Civic. (The old ones were nearly slicks.)  So we hopped in the car Friday afternoon and drove down. Google Navigate had us taking exits and following the frontage roads at least three times. I had originally assumed that it would be…
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News-less Hegemony of Trump

I turned off the news at 11:00 pm on Tuesday, November 8th. Clinton had just lost Pennsylvania. CNN was desperately looking for more blue votes in districts who hadn’t fully reported their results. I turned it all off and went to bed. I haven’t watched or read any news since. I feel like I’m the child who stuck a penny in the light socket. It was supposed have been a magical flash and the world would be different. Instead, a…
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The Hegemony of Trump

It’s a bit liberating really. I think that that’s how I’ll have to see it. I did my part. I voted my conscience. So my conscience is clear. Whatever happens now is none of my doing. It’s a bit sad, too. Being excluded. I am along for the ride; an unwilling participant. Not completely unwilling, of course. I could always exile myself somewhere. Canada is very close. But the laughter from the joke hasn’t faded enough. Even though the joke…
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Casa Loma Part 6 of our Toronto Vacation


Thea was not really excited about Casa Loma.  She said that she would rather spend her last day at Saks Fifth Avenue and rest at the hotel afterwards.  I think that the prospect of climbing the Baldwin Steps was just too much for her.  She charged me to take pictures for her.   At first blush, I kinda thought that this would be a waste of a trip. It doesn’t seem especially big from the outside. But it is. And it’s…
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Art Gallery of Ontario Part 5 of our Toronto Vacation


This was our fifth day in Toronto and I still had some bucket list items that I needed to take care of. Fortunately, they were within walking distance of our hotel, each other, and our next destination. From our hotel, it was only a two block walk to the Old City Hall, New City Hall and a fifteen minute walk to the Art Gallery of Ontario.   After the whirlwind of our previous day, the late-start and slow-pace of a fine art museum was…
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Niagara Falls Tour Part 4 of our Toronto Vacation


The other thing that we did on Monday was to arrange our Niagara trip. On the list of things to do, that always came up as one of the Toronto attractions. I’m sure that it comes up as a Buffalo attraction too. “What’s one of the best things to do in this city? Get out of the city.”   I say that we arranged it. But it was actually our concierge, Andy, who did it all. He asked the particulars…
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Gardiner and ROM Part 3 of our Toronto Vacation


The Gardiner Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum sit across the street from each other. You just get off at Museum Station and walk up to the street level and you’re on the sidewalk in front of the Gardiner.   We got to the Gardiner as it was opening and it was dead quiet and peaceful. But not ten minutes went by before a group of third-graders showed up. It got loud. Really loud. Loud enough that it chased us…
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Toronto Zoo Part 2 of our Toronto Vacation


From my last post, you might think that didn’t do anything between having nachos and eating dinner. In point of fact, there was quite a bit of planning that went on. The next item on my bucket list of things Torontoan was to visit the Toronto Zoo. But the Zoo isn’t in downtown Toronto, where we were, but far to the northeast. Far enough that there isn’t a direct route to it.   There are routes for subway-to-bus, trolley-to-bus, and…
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