Sunday, January 31, 2010

One of Many Really Good Travel Videos of Rome

This one of many good travel videos. Click on the video to go to YouTube to see the others. Many excellent videos in Rome and Florence and Venice and other places.
Terrific tour conductor.

Michelangelo's Statue Of David Florence Italy

This is a good video of Michelangelo's David. Click on the video to go to the Youtube page for many more travel videos by this person.

WUSA 1970 Movie Made From the Novel Hall of Mirrors by Robert Stone

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in Preservation Hall from the movie WUSA 1970 made from the novel Hall of Mirrors by Robert Stone. Click on the video to go to the YouTube page. On there you will find many other videos of The Preservation Hall Jazz band.

This is clip from the movie WUSA starring Paul Newman. This is a scene near the end of the movie. WUSA was the movie made in 1970 of the novel Hall of Mirrors by Robert Stone. Stone has said he does not like the movie but it had a few good moments that are more or less true to the book and this is one of them.
Here is a link to the International Movie Database page on the film WUSA:

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Robert Stone Signing Books After His Reading at Politics And Prose Bookstore in Wash. D.C.

There was a reporter from the Washington Post at this event. She talked to me before the reading and then she wrote about the event for the Washington Post Book World. The above is what she wrote.
Click on the above image to enlarge it and make it easy to read.

From the time Hall of Mirrors was first published in 1967 I had wanted to meet Robert Stone. I finally got to a few years ago when he came to Washington D.C. to read from his memoir PRIME GREEN. It was a great evening. I wish I had a video of it but I don't so 3 pictures will have to do. The photos were taken by Rachel Stewart

Robert Stone Reads From His Memoir Prime Green & Is Interviewed At Tulane In New Orleans

Here is the wikipedia page on Robert Stone:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuba Skinny Plays On Royal Street in New Orleans

Click on the videos to go to Youtube to see the list of names of the musicians and watch full screen.

The video below is from San Sebastian Spain. I think the singer Erika Lewis is very good. She seems to really have the feel of the blues.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Good video of a trip to Hydra and Aegina Greek Islands

This is part one of their trip to Hydra and Aegina Greek Islands.

This is part 2 of their trip.

One day Boat Trip To Three Greek Islands Poros, Hydra, and Aegina

This is a boat trip I made in the summer of 1964. I went swimming in the blue Aegean waters off Hydra. Location far right corner of the harbor.

Monday, January 25, 2010

In About 1957 Dickie Waters Teaching Elvis to Water Ski At Gulf Hills Dude Ranch Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Click on the photo to enlarge

This photo is of Richard Waters teaching Elvis Presley how to waterski in Ocean Springs, MS in about 1957. Richard was a professional water skier and the MS State Champion in 1957, and was a National competitor as well as a member of the Century Club.
-Photo by Wally Hill

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sweet Bird Of Youth Tennessee Williams

The Sistine Chapel

Visitors to the Sistine Chapel are told "no photos no videos" but people sneak them anyway sometimes.
Out tour guide told us that once a tourist went home and complained to the tour company that they felt cheated. They had been shown the sixteenth Chapel but not the other 15 chapels.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mona Lisa At The Louvre

Click on the picture to go to YouTube and read more info. This is the normal scene in this crowded room at the Louvre. Cameras and pictures are allowed in the Louvre in every room except the French National Jewels room. Men like to have their girl friends pose in from of the Mona Lisa and then take their picture or video them standing in front of the painting.

Tennessee Williams Part One

Tennessee Williams Part 2

Tennessee Williams Part 3

Tennessee Williams Part 4

Friday, January 22, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Elvis and Nixon At The White House

You can now shop on line at the National Archives and buy this coffee mug.

Click on the picture above to enlarge it. This is the single most requested photograph from the National Archives.
Click on the link below to see more.

Per Thomas Plays A Fine Trumpet on YouTube

Check out his other YouTube videos. Just search for perthomas02.
Per is Danish now living in Ecuador. But he will soon be moving back to Paris where the above video was made a couple of years ago. He is also a fine painter. We met him 2 years ago in Paris.
I really like his trumpet sound. Reminds me of Chet Baker. But he also sings and plays the piano and guitar. He made this video also. He is a fine videographer. Click on the video to enlarge to full screen for best viewing.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sanibel Island Florida and the Ding Darling Bird Sanctuary

The above picture is of a female crocodile in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island Florida. It is the only crocodile there but there are many other alligators around.
1/27/2010 We just got word that this crocodile just died. Maybe the cold weather recently had something to do with her death or maybe it was just old age.

Sanibel Island is a small island off the coast from Ft. Myers, Florida. We first went there in 1976. It has not really changed much since that time. Most of the small island is the Ding Darling Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary. Sanibel is a special place. No high rise development is allowed. There are no fast food places or chain stores on Sanibel. Well there is one Dairy Queen that has always been there that was allowed to stay. And there is one Starbucks on Captiva. But that is it. The rest are small stores and restaurants that are very much not chain stores or restaurants. The local residents work very hard to keep them out.

2010 New Year and 2010 P Street N.W. Washington D.C.

The above photo is a picture of our daughter Lorelei sitting on my motorcycle on the sidewalk in front of 2010 P St.N.W. Washington D.C. in the year 1969. She was three years old at that time.
Happy New Year 2010. That was also our address for four years in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. We lived near Dupont Circle at 2010 P Street N.W. Washington, D.C.

At that time that neighborhood was a good place to be. Probably still is. I know we lived in a large top floor apartment over Excello Cleaners. It was the only apartment above the cleaners.

There is now a Subway sandwich shop where the Excello Cleaners used to be. Next door was a liquor store and across the street was a Safeway Grocery Store. Next to the liquor store was a really nice Chinese restaurant called the Nanking. On the other side of us was a small mom and pop drugstore and on that corner was a High's Dairy small grocery store. On the corner of 20th and P St. was another drug store that later became Buffalo Bill's carryout and then finally a second hand bookstore called Second Story Books.

I have always liked that number 2010. We pronounced it 20 ten.