Friday, November 30, 2007

Refreshments in Alpharetta

So, even when the visit is going well, sometimes you just want to go back to the hotel, grab an adult beverage and watch a silly movie. I mean a silly movie that doesn't involve Thomas or Percy or any other talking train yard equipment.

This is our new favorite Alpharetta liquor store.

I particularly like the carefully die cut frayed edges on this label.

Plus they had every schnapps I ever got sick on in college, and then some.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Trains &Tools at The Southern Museum

Julie has no interest in train cabooses, but I think she got a kick watching me & my dad explore.

The Southern Museum exists partially to celebrate the defeat of a Yankee raiding party. If its mission to sabotage southern rail lines had succeeded, the raid might of shortened the civil war by two years. It's awkward putting together a museum to celebrate the fact that the raid failed and the war dragged on, but they managed well enough. At no time did I feel like I needed to spirit my very Yankee family away to safet y. (I, of course, can pass for a native if I have to. Thanks, Mom.)

This is The General, the one that didn't quite get away. He has a really great Buster Keaton movie named after him, too.

The museum also had a section devoted to the steel works that used to live in its buildings. They used these wooden models to make molds. I'm not sure what the waxy mannequin used to do.

a novelty

Clearly we're not blood relations - his scowl is weak.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Julie & I drove home from Georgia today. All is well. After checking on our home, we visited some friends who moved while we were gone. Cath was there, too, helping them. Eventually she followed the cat's fine example and curled up on the bed for a little lounging.

Travel snaps will continue tomorrow.
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wednesday @ my sister's

What, you don't have child size wetsuits hanging in your shower to dry?

Julie made a blueberry pie...

...and helped me with my two chiffon pumpkin pies.

Game Apparent

Do you have young'uns? Do you like to talk about games? A couple of my friends have a site that might interest you.
The special guest model here is my old friend Edward Bear.

Monday night on I-20 east bound

Julie & I ran into a little traffic jam Monday night trying to get to Mom's. Someone wrecked in Anniston, and we got stopped in the backup about 20 miles west. We'd been on the road for about 10 hours when we ran into this. After sitting there for about an hour, we finally got moving again. We got into Bremen about 11:45pm est.



I took lots of silly pictures to keep myself from fidgeting too much. Julie is such a wonderful sport.

Happy Thanksgiving, folks. Be careful out there.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

our friends are moving closer to us

Julie & Cath are blurs of packing efficiency.


Paws is just trying to blend.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday morning on the way to work


She was just hanging our behind this four family rehab down the alley from our house.

Obviously she wanted to come with us, right?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Soulard Art Market and Contemporary Art Gallery

S.A.M. accepted two of my photos (Coldspot & Do No Further Work) for their upcoming "Show Me" Show. After Scott & I got back from Alton we picked up Julie and delivered the photos for hanging.



Saturday morning in Alton

Scott & I decided to wander around Alton with our cameras. I didn't get many interesting photos, but I had a good time.




Friday, November 09, 2007

"Go South for Animal Index" @ Hoffman LaChance

For the moment, I'll just quote the Hoffmann LaChance website directly:

"On Nov. 9, Hoffman LaChance is hosting a unique art invitational and silent auction organized by Poetry Scores. Poetry Scores is a local arts group dedicated to translating poetry into other media. This year, they have translated into music - i.e., scored - a long poem by Stefene Russell titled "Go South for Animal Index." On Nov. 9, they will release this poetry score CD, published within a handsome book printed by Firecracker Press. They also have invited an interesting group of local and national artists to translate the poem into visual art, with titles drawn from the poem. This work will be hung around the gallery, based on where in the poem the respective titles appear. The work will be on sale by silent auction. For more information about Poetry Scores, call 314-265-1435 or email"

This is Stefene.

Daniel, one of the artists, with his piece on the wall in the background.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

52nd City gets Stupid at AMP

52nd City had their Stupid release party at AMP's new location (right across the street from it's old location). I like the new space. I could spend hours lounging there, you know, if I were actually inclined to leave my house and hang.




Thursday, November 01, 2007

Our Last Halloween @ the Haunted Bar

Marvin the Martian captures JulieDill, Cat Burglar, while Linus & the Great Pumpkin watch.

Marvin's head popped off a little later and landed on Joust...

DSC07926 Cath led us in a rousing version of Skullcrusher Mountain.