It's been a pretty quiet and boring few months. Partly because torrential rain kept me indoors more than usual, and partly because my house noticed all the attention I had been lavishing on the garden, and threw a fit. My garage door opener and in-sink garbage disposal broke, beyond repair. So I spent a couple of weekends handing my father tools and getting to know the local hardware stores much better than I ever wanted to. It's been expensive.
But at least my house hasn't flooded. I've been sent home from work early because they were worried rising waters would trap us on site, but that's been about it. On the bright side, it does mean that all the sod and plants I put in earlier this year are doing really well.
I did manage to get out of the house a few times:
I saw Duran Duran in concert, and it was fabulous. I'm not a big concert goer, but this was a really good show. Chic was the opening act, and they could have been the whole concert. I actually felt sorry for Duran Duran, I wouldn't have wanted to follow them. But they came out and did their thing and it was like back-to-back concerts. Not really related, but both shows were so good, who cared?
I saw "Sculpted in Steel" at the Museum of Fine Arts. The show was about Art Deco as applied to cars and motorcycles. I've never been a big car buff, but these were the most magnificent automobiles I've ever seen. The level of detail and the quality of the materials, was inspiring. I felt like I should go home and change because I was not dressed for the occasion. And if you wanted to feel like a real schlub, you could cross the street and see "Deco Nights: Evenings in the Jazz Age" where they had designer clothing of the era, including a bronze Fortuny gown that has to be one of the most subtly sexy garments I've ever seen.
Finally, I went to the Japan Festival in Hermann Park. As usual, there was terrific people-watching. I listened to J-pop and taiko drums, was wowed by the bonsai exhibit and I got to try takoyaki. I liked it, but not everyone is into octopus.
Of course I took pictures.
Portable shrine - it's mostly plastic and looks like the most expensive Lego kit in the world.
Bridge in the Japanese garden - I never time it right to get there when the irises are in bloom.
Shoes outside the tea tent. Only the orange flip flops are positioned correctly- together and facing out.
I found Waldo!
Turtle soup - though pizza would have been more thematically consistent
Can you have a Japanese festival without totoro?