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We have two photos from reader Merilee. The captions are a bit terse, but she says that there’s no more to say. Her words are indented:

Heading into Toronto to the opera:

Hiking at Delicate Arch, Utah:

 

91 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Love the shoe laces!

    • merilee
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Rick, but they’re not laces, just clogs with leather flowers on them🤓

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted May 2, 2020 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

        Haute couture, if ever I saw it.

        Keep on stylin’, sister. 🙂

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        Whatever you’re sporting on your feet, they s sure look spiffy, and the colors work really well with the rest of your outfit. Bangs cut, too.

        Do you recall what opera you were on your way to see?

        • merilee
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

          Jenny, I think is was last Fall and the opera was Rusulka or Turandot. Hairdresser was still open so my bangs were more professionally cut than at present, although don’t think you can tell because of the wind. The shoes are super-fun super-cheap super-comfy impulse-buy online from China. I lucked out.

          • Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

            Opera. The original cultural appropriator.😀

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

            Well, any way you cut it, as the Stranger said to the Dude, and the Dude to the Stranger: “I dig your style.”

          • Posted May 2, 2020 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

            I’ve seen both, love them. Rusalka is particularly nice, but Turandot is a classic.

            • merilee
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

              I generally love Turandot, but the COC got too artsy-fartsy and woke and while purportedly trying to make Ping, Pang, and Pong less”Chinesey”, they managed to make them look more stereotyped, despite the white-face (I kid you not), and they hopped around so much that I wanted to hit them with a whack-a-mole mallet. Meanwhile, the others moved stiffly like robots, even during Nessun Dorma. I am generally open to modern versions, but this sucked. Rusulka, on the other hand, was so magnificent with Sandra Radvanovsky, that I paid $150 twice in the same week to see it again.🎶🎶

          • Jenny Haniver
            Posted May 2, 2020 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

            Russalka, familiar with it I’m not. Dvořák, eh. I must investigate. It wasn’t until I’d posted my comment that I realized I shouldn’t have asked the question because I can no longer listen to most Italian operas, such as Turandot (or Schubert lieder); I become too lugubriously affected by the music. Just tried to listen to the final scene of Lucretia Borgia and dissolved into a sobbing mess. I hope that’ll dissipate someday but I’ve been this way for too many years.

            • Jenny Haniver
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

              Then I started thinking about the mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor and found this interesting article about it in the Guardian: “Lucia di Lammermoor’s mad tragedy in Donizetti’s mad life” https://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/jan/28/lucia-di-lammermoor-donizetti.

              • merilee
                Posted May 2, 2020 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

                Thanks for the great Lucia article, Jenny. It’s one of my all-time faves. Saw it live at the Met a couple of years ago complete with the very cool glass harmonica. I try not to get too emotionally involved in the psychology of the stories, as it can be too sad. Saw a great production maybe 8 years ago in which a photographer with an old-fashioned camera with the black cloth shoots a picture at the end of the famous sextet with everyone kinda miming “cheese”. I think that this was also from the Met but I saw it at the cinema in HD.

            • merilee
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

              You must know the gorgeous Song to the Moon, Jenny. I first heard it in Driving Miss Daisy and somehow tracked it down in the pre-internet days.

              • Jenny Haniver
                Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:03 am | Permalink

                I found Renée Fleming singing it on Youtube.
                “Gorgeous” is the word. And no, I wasn’t familiar with it. Thanks for that, Merilee!

              • merilee
                Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:12 am | Permalink

                Renée’s version is wonderful. It’s a great earworm to have.

            • merilee
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

              Schubert’s Four Last Songs are simply gorgeous.

              • Jenny Haniver
                Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:12 am | Permalink

                Do you mean the Four Last Songs of Strauss. I think you must because I’m listening to them right now (Schwarzkopf) and “Gorgeous” is the word for those, too! There’s a similar je ne sais quoi in timbre, I think but maybe I’m using the word “timbre” incorrectly.

              • merilee
                Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:14 am | Permalink

                Yes, of course I meant Strauss😬 Schubert’s songs don’t usually move me as much, though I so like his chamber music.

          • Posted May 4, 2020 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

            I forgot to say how I love your outfit, Merilee. The colour is gorgeous!

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted May 4, 2020 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

              You too can be colourful like Merilee. Merilee introduced me to these Swedish clothes a couple years ago: https://www.gudrunsjoden.com/global

              • merilee
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

                Thanks, Smoked and Diana, but I am colorful, without the “u”🤓

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

                I’m reporting you to the authorities so they revoke your Canadian citizenship. 😀

              • merilee
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

                Once I get my final papers I’ll start spelling both ways intermittently.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

                Just don’t do some “u” and some no “u” in the same piece.

              • merilee
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

                That’d keep people alert.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

                Then you also have to speak with different accents in the same converstion.

              • merilee
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

                Ooot and abowt?

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:02 am | Permalink

                I’ve yet to meet a Canadian that says that.

              • merilee
                Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:06 am | Permalink

                I know; just pulling your leg. But some people do say ashfault.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:08 am | Permalink

                Some people also say valentimes day.

              • merilee
                Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:10 am | Permalink

                Valentimes might be universal.

              • merilee
                Posted May 4, 2020 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

                Ooot and abowt?
                I won’t ever say ashfault.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:04 am | Permalink

                Asphalt. You know it comes from the Ancient Greek? ἄσφαλτος Because it was meant to protect children on playgrounds. Those assholes actually thought this was a good thing to fall on. I had so many goose eggs as a kid scraping my forehead along asphalt playgrounds at recess.

              • Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

                Love those threads! They sure beat the Costco PJs I’ve been wearing as scrubs.

  2. Glenda Palmer
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Merilee. I do enjoy seeing your photos and those of the many others who show up here in WEIT Comments. Nice to learn more about interests and see what they look like.

    • JezGrove
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely!

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    You’re either very small or far away in the second picture.

    • GBJames
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Or both!

    • merilee
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      It’s a well-known fact that you lose a lot of weight hiking in the hot sun to Delicate Arch.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted May 2, 2020 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

        You were all dried up like those sea monster things you used to buy as a kid then add water to them to make them grow.

        • merilee
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

          Exactly! Honey, I shrank the hikers!
          To be fair, Delicate Arch is humongous and it’s not easy to get hoomans and it into a frame, especially with some random person filming us. We were lucky that there weren’t crowds of selfish others that day, doing fashion-like shoots right in the middle of the arch (which happened on a later occasion).

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Two places I have not been. I have driven through Utah a few times going to other places but never stopped.

    • merilee
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Randall, Moab is a wonderful place. I’ve stayed there 7 or 8 times, renting a house maybe 5 of them. Arches and Canyonlands NPs near by, and lots of other hiking along the Colorado. Bryce and Zion and Capitol Reef a few hours south. Dying to get back to hiking…

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted May 2, 2020 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        I know it has great things to see and do. I always seemed to be headed for California, both north and south from some where in the middle of the country.

        • merilee
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

          You’re in Kansas, I believe? We drove through there last Spring on our way back from Moab, dodging floods and tornadoes.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted May 2, 2020 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

            Sorry to hear that. Not much to see driving through Kansas. I mean it’s okay to live here but not much for tourism.

            • merilee
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

              Kept getting warnings of the Missouri and Mississippi flooding. Had had plans to go to Taos and Manitou Springs but there was snow in May and we’d had enough of that in Ontario. Made it home fine.

      • Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:14 am | Permalink

        Moab is a bit touristy; but it’s in the heart of Abbey’s country: A wonderful place.

        • merilee
          Posted May 4, 2020 at 9:36 am | Permalink

          It certainly has gotten more touristy since I started going about 20 years ago. We’ve been renting a house just outside of town, in Pack Creek, partway up the La Sals, which has been perfect.

          • GBJames
            Posted May 4, 2020 at 10:12 am | Permalink

            Probably not so touristy these days!

    • alexander
      Posted May 3, 2020 at 2:55 am | Permalink

      I’ve been in Utah once, with a stop in Salt Lake City. We were on a Greyhound special: round trip New York-San Francisco for $50 a person! We couldn’t resist, this was in the late 70s. We passed along the salt lakes, and it was the first time I saw people reading bibles on a bus. The drivers used to put up a sign with their names above the front window, and one of them was Charlie Brown. The ride took 3 days, with stops in Chicago, Reno (the driver had to drag some passengers away from betting machines), and somewhere during the trip we stopped along the largest steam locomotive ever built, with eight cylinders.

  5. Janet
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, Merilee. Nice to enjoy the memories of times we could go to operas and visit national parks!

    • merilee
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      No kidding, Janet!!

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    You know what they say: one man’s terse is another man’s pithy.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Brevity is the soul of wit, as the Bard put it.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

        Or as W. Somerset Maugham had it, “Impropriety is the soul of wit.”

        • merilee
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

          Gotta remember that one, Jenny😄

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

          Can’t speak for anyone else, Jenny, but impropriety’s probably the only shot I’ve got. 🙂

          • Jenny Haniver
            Posted May 2, 2020 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

            Me, too. No, not the movement, the phrase.

            I like this: “Wit is educated insolence,” attributed to Aristotle

            • merilee
              Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:01 am | Permalink

              Gotta remember “educated insolence.”

  7. Roger
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Wait where’s the cupcakes.

    • merilee
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      Cupcakes??

      • Roger
        Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

        I thought you were the one who posts the cute cupcake emojis all the time.

        • merilee
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

          Not that I remember. Kitty pawprints, perhaps?🐾🐾

          • Roger
            Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

            Ah yep right. I always thought they were cupcakes for some reason haha. 😀

            • merilee
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

              😂 I AM planning on making red-velvet cupcakes tomorrow for my daughter’s 33rd on Monday. Will have to sit 6 feet away from her and her family on her lawn (as we did on Easter with her 4-yr-old bunny-hopping around.)

              • rickflick
                Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

                I wonder if a bunny could be a vector. Cats probably can.

              • merilee
                Posted May 2, 2020 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

                😂She’s a human bunny-hopping.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

              Haha something about that really made me laugh.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

              Haha something about that really made me laugh.

  8. Posted May 2, 2020 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Delicate arch looks strangely like a man bending over from behind from this angle.

    • merilee
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, it does kinda. Like a bowlegged cowboy🤣 Never noticed that before.

      • Posted May 2, 2020 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

        It even has a crack where it should be. 😂

        • merilee
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

          🤓

          • Posted May 2, 2020 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

            Now, I can’t not see it.

            • merilee
              Posted May 2, 2020 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

              Maybe we should send this to the National Parks people to add to their brochure?

              • Jenny Haniver
                Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:39 am | Permalink

                Even in jest best to think about that — they’d surely put you on a list of enemies of the state. Don’t forget that the National Parks Service is riddled with fundamentalist evangelicals who allow and abet prayer services in the parks, among other subversions of the separation of church and state on national land. PCC(E) has done a couple of posts on this.

        • merilee
          Posted May 2, 2020 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

          🤓

        • Posted May 2, 2020 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

          The first thing that sprang to mind when I saw that photo was “Indelicate Crotch”!

          • merilee
            Posted May 4, 2020 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

            Get your minds outta the guttah, people🤣😂

    • Posted May 2, 2020 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      It looks like it’s wearing cowboy boots, like PCC. 😎

    • merilee
      Posted May 6, 2020 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      • Posted May 6, 2020 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

        lol. Mount Tushmore.

        • merilee
          Posted May 6, 2020 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

          😂🤣

          • merilee
            Posted May 6, 2020 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

            Somehow the caption got cut off. It’s supposed to be Mt. Rushmore from the Canadian side, which doesn’t really make sense as it’s nowhere near the Canuck border, but still funny. Props to Rickflick for finding the non-FB link.

            • rickflick
              Posted May 6, 2020 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

              👍

  9. rickflick
    Posted May 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Counterpunch? There are dozens of journalist for significan news outlets who cover Washington every day of the year. Maybe none of them have ever heard of Counterpunch. So, let Counterpunch testify.

    • rickflick
      Posted May 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, wrong thread. Please ignore.

  10. Mark R.
    Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I missed this somehow yesterday. Glad I caught up, this had some fun threads in it. I enjoy your brightly colored attire. Reminds me of the attire in India when Jerry posts his travel photos. That arch is really cool, no wonder it’s an American icon.

    • merilee
      Posted May 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Mark. There’s lots more where that (Delicate Arch)came from in Utah.


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