Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Winter!

Dad used to regale us kids with stories about what blizzards he endured in the ol' days on city streets. "We did this, and we did that", he's go on and on. I didn't have the heart to tell him that our feats of danger in the snow were equally death defying. One of the most exciting tricks was hitching rides on the backs of slow moving city plows. If the snow was just right, especially with recently added icy conditions, we'd ride for blocks around the neighborhood waving to the girls. 
We cool!
We went to see the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson last night at Portland Stage with my sister and brother-in-law. I was excited all day, really looking forward to seeing the production. The ads in magazines were glossy and eye-catching. The pictures of the 'queen' in the show was stunningly, beautiful. My review? Don't bother. Pass. Looked to be some terrible meeting of Monty Python and some lopsided fairytale told in 7 stories. Well, at least I could feast my eyes upon the beautiful queen, right. Wrong! She was drab and a very plain-Jane.
Where's Heidi when I need her?
Oh well, the party tonight, at a friend's home has to be better.
If not maybe I can catch a ride back home on the back of his pick-up. 
Just for ol' time sake.


  1. Going to the newly renovated Top of the East with my sweet sister in law and hubby was the highlight of the evening. Relaxing comfortable….before the nonsensical adventures of the so called Snow Queen.
    It's usually spy movies and their ilk that I 'don't get', but this production…..I didn't get it. Goofy.
    Did enjoy meeting up with cutie pie son of ours, though!

  2. My friends and I did the same thing on cars; pretty dangerous stuff! PS. Enjoy the first day of winter!! This Saturday is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, marking our shortest daylight period and longest night of the year. Have a lovely week-end!

  3. The snow can be fun sometimes! It does look pretty anyway.
    Hope you are keeping warm!!!

  4. Truly it's a miracle that you and your buddies lived to adulthood. xx

  5. I always kind of assumed that our parents knew what escapades we were on but chose not to say anything about it. Then I get all growns up and start telling Dad about some of the stuff and he just looks at me.

  6. Nice snow scene today, Birdguy. Sharon says it is a miracle that you lived to adulthood. I think there is some doubt about whether you have achieved adulthood yet. Have fun at the party tonight!

  7. Just think, if you had a pickup with a plow all the neighborhood kids would be hitching rides sliding along behind the tailgate. Enjoy your white Christmas.

  8. Brrrr..that's a cold scene you've put up for us today!

  9. Probably one of the few places that received snow.


  10. 1° that photo is one that I, as a winter lover, would frame. 2° I would have been excited too. Shame that it wasn't enjoyable. 3° You've just reminded me of my grandfather's stories. Thank you for that.

  11. Like Kate - we used to grab onto the back of bumpers and ride down the street! Times were good back then.

  12. Nice photos dude!

    ALOHA to YOU
    from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^= <3

  13. You did that???!!!!
    About the Snow Queen, so sorry to hear it. We saw a local production of A Christmas Carol up here. It was so sweet & well was in the middle school cafeteria!

  14. I also did that -- only we did it to slow moving cars on icy roads in Michigan. Of course our parents never knew about this -- barbara

  15. What an interesting nest of stories. The play reminds me of the time my sister in NJ dragged us to a performance of Mama Mia on Broadway around Christmas. High production values but I mean . . . sheesh.