anthropology

May Day!

Babettes manhattan

We did a bunch of spring cleaning, then some celebrating, of this May Day!

No ludi for this Floralia—instead, long-time friends in town from far away where the green is just beginning to arrive(!), and heaps of talking and laughing.

Fired up for luck

Hell bank note

Skipping the backstory that I felt was compelling, last weekend I impulse bought some lucky money* planning to…well, I forgot. Now it’s THIS weekend, and I’m sending luck to all, especially those who have b-days today….

* Yeah, I know it’s long after Chinese New Year.

Matzot variety

Matzot dessert

Things I knew before today: matzoh is a plain food…really simple…cracker-bread; they can be used to make a yummy soup.

Things I learned today: the plural of matzoh is matzot (sometimes); matzot can be transformed into a tasty albeit not-so-pretty chocolate-drizzled sweet; they can be used to make bitter-herb-and-horseradish-and-apple-cinnamon sandwiches.

Mystery in ATL

Moose whimsy

ATL is pretty far away from moose* territory…. Is this whimsy in the garden of transplanted Yoopers? Canadians?

* Elk is moose in British English, I “see.”

Or should the title have been “Rusty steel mini-moose”? Or “Migratory moose visits ATL”? Or….

Exposed

H4WP shaved

I looked at the weather this morning and thought about how antsy I was, so I headed out under the almost-cloudless skies (instead of waiting until the possibly rainy afternoon) and looped the lake at H4WP.

The landscaping crew has been through, and all the decorative grasses are cut to nubbins. I was surprised this pair of Canada geese and a mallard were hanging out. Doubt if the great blue heron (aka the denizen) will hang here for a while.

Where’s the lotion?

Statue skin condition

That’s a bad case of winter-skin. I’m not sure lotion/creme will fix it….

Mystified

Essence of peaches

Wooden box at Fort Jackson yesterday.

I am not sure what was in the “Essence of Peaches” tins; was it peach puree? whole peach chunks? the equivalent of what we call peach nectar today?

I reenacted (without the scratchy wool clothing)

Drum at fort jackson

Recommend the show at Fort Jackson, next time you’re in Savannah. The sign of US80 says “Cannon Firings!!!” Pay attention to the three exclamation points…it’s our theory that that’s the major clue…. Our fellow in blue (reenactor) was FAN-tastic, and got all of us “volunteers” to march and otherwise participate. Sooooooo fun.

I’m chilling

Piranha profile

Mighty sharp…that is, the nephews, and also the piranha we saw in one tank at the GA_Aquarium. Which was totally packed by the way, so my dosimeter on humanity is through the roof, but beginning to drop since we left the peopled-zone around three this afternoon.

Pretty darned fun day all around, in spite of the intensity/magnitude of human-crush, augmented this day by rafts of cheerleaders…rah rah sis boom bah.

Angels in diamond plaid

Stained glass coffin

Attended a funeral today, and was reminded how similar Episcopal services are to those of their rejected parent, the Catholic church.

I still don’t get the cannibalism imagery—the body and blood stuff….