Friday, October 20, 2017

Big House

Driving in Farmington, I caught a glimpse of this place over my shoulder, so I doubled back.
Not sure what I would do with all of the rooms.

Visit Weekend Reflections for more photos with reflections.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween at the Pond House Cafe

The operators of the Pond House Cafe in Elizabeth Park have quite a fondness for Halloween.
Every year they add more skeletons and tombstones to their displays.

This year they have a big cemetery between the restaurant and the pond.  The tombstones have puns like "Doug Graves," "Clara Voyant" and "Dee Cayed."  It is their business, of course,
but I wonder if all of the skeletons bring more diners into the restaurant.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

State Capitol and The Other End of a Horse

The State of Connecticut has a $3.5 billion deficit and has gone 109 days without a budget.
The governor and the legislature aren't even meeting or talking about it.

The State Capitol and the other end of a horse seem appropriate.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ship of State

I can always count on this guy to put on a big Halloween show on his lawn.

Matt Warshauer is a history professor at Central Connecticut State University who thinks
the American ship of state is in trouble.  On every pirate ship, someone walks the plank.
On his, it is James Comey.  A DACA student is next.

The Mad King is (kind of) in charge of the ship.  He is rigged to breathe smoke, 
but not when I was there.

Monday, October 16, 2017

We Heart Local

The locavore philosophy -- favoring locally sourced foods -- has caught hold in many places.  It is especially strong in New England.  I stopped for lunch recently at The Popover Bistro and Bakery.

There was a simple menu for breakfast and lunch, featuring vegan and organic foods.  
I liked the blackboard that showed where most of their foods came from.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Tommy's Tattoo Convention is taking place this weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center.

I went by on Friday afternoon, before the convention began.  Sarah and Mikey were hanging out.
Sarah has numerous tattoos, some reflecting her Buddhism and others based on Goth-style
movies that she likes.  Mikey has a fascinating left arm illusion tattoo, 
with skulls that morph into human figures. 

Sarah, Emily and Mike are tattoo artists from Philadelphia.  Their tattoos don't have any specific meanings.  They just liked the art and thought the tattoos were cool.

Cory is a tattoo artist from Groton, Connecticut.  He was fine with being photographed,
but he is a man of few words and didn't want to talk about his tats.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Organ music filled the empty Trinity College chapel.

An organist, Thomas Ospital, was rehearsing for a performance last evening.

Bach.  Mozart.  Fauré.  Debussy.  An original composition.  It must have been heavenly.

Thomas Ospital is organiste titulaire at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris and organist-in-residence
at Maison de la Radio (Radio France Music Hall).