Fun Friday Facts: 24 February 2017!

Happy Friday, everybody! It’s the final Friday of February of 2017; yes, an ‘offical’ one would be if the last day of the month fell on a Friday, but I’m not as anal about such things as others are, LOL! Anyway, I figured that my “five fun facts” would relate to unique household items that a lot of people wouldn’t normally see in the homes of friends or acquaintances. I was inspired to do this by the recent addition of player housing to The Elder Scrolls Online, and I’m celebrating the purchase of my first “staple” home in-game. Good excuse to talk about home décor, no? I listed these items in the order they were acquired, just for the heck of it!

1. I have a lava lamp, which I purchased in Seattle in 1998. It has travelled with me from Washington state, to Oregon, and back again. I like lava lamps…they’re pretty nifty!

2. I have a globe, a gift from a family member and received in 1999. It’s very nice, mounted on a hardwood stand with a wheeled base. It once belonged to the California State University in Sacramento, according to one of three labels stamped on it. It has a date of 1915 etched into it as well.

3. An antique typewriter graces one desk in my writing room. It is a manual, Royal typewriter of 1930s vintage, and I use it to type out rough drafts of my book chapters. It was a surprise gift from my husband a couple of years ago – he just brought it in one day after running errands. He knew that I’d been looking for one…it made my day when he carried it in the house!

4. A seven-foot tall grandfather clock catches your eye when you first walk into our living room. It is a Trend model, which used to be made by the Sligh clock company, but has long since been discontinued. It is quite stately, with a glass-paneled wood casing and brass hardware. I’d venture to guess that it has more moving parts than the exercise machine does! The clock is our engagement present to each other, since we both saw it at the same time and made the joint decision to buy it. We call it our “engagement ring,” as it rings out every 15 minutes and chimes the hours. It’s definitely a source of pride!

5. Last but not least, the Marcy home gym. I’ve been wanting a universal exercise machine for years, as circuit-training has always been an important part of my workout regimen. I finally have one of my own – no more dealing with questionable fitness centers or sketchy, so-called “personal trainers!”

The Spirit Of Abandoned Spaces

There is an eerie, quiet beauty amongst the grim desolation of abandoned spaces. It is beautifully captured, here.
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Influenced by the downfall of the GDR-regime, photographer Christian Richter who grew up in East Germany, is still fascinated by buildings that have fallen into oblivion.

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The Purple People Eater Corvette

This is one beautiful vehicle…I love it!
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Purple People Eater Chevrolet Corvette

The Purple People Eaters were possibly the most famous Corvettes in the world in the late 1950s, they belonged to Nickey Chevrolet of Chicago

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Advertisements from long, long ago — holiday edition

LOL – since we’re now inundated with “seasonal” advertisements…why not a few more?
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Colma: The Town of The Dead

This is fascinating…I’ve never heard of Colma! It’s on my list of “must-see” places, now.

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South of San Francisco, near Daly City, lies the small town of Colma where the dead outnumbers the living by a thousand to one. It’s less than 2 square miles in size, but crammed within it are as many as 17 cemeteries where rest the bodies of more than 1.5 million souls.

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Historic Moments Captured From a Different Angle

Phenomenal historical photographs…stunning and eye-opening!
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ALK3R

History is truly incredible, the journeys of those that have been here before us are telling, fascinating, and inspiring. While paintings and writings have been used for years to recap events, there is nothing like a photo to tell a story.

1963 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για martin luther king jr rare

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Advertisements from long, long ago — coffin nail edition

I love this aptly-named post, courtesy of the Bluebird of Bitterness!
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Rare Photos That Captured Incredible Moments from History

Historic photos are a form of art, to me…they capture amazing events from the past, and bring them to life in the present.
The comparisons between then and now are striking.
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ALK3R

6Dorothy Counts – the first Black girl to attend an all White school in the United States – being teased and taunted by her White male peers at Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957.

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Advertisements from long, long ago — For the Children™ edition

Advertisements from long, long ago — Marriage Savers™ edition

LOL – ah, it was so simple way back when! Now, women are considered “old” when we reach 35, and girls use Botox and have had at least three cosmetic procedures by the age of 18!
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