Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Anatolia Restaurant (Turkish)

Recently Himself and I had a reason to celebrate.  We decided to try lunch at a new-to-us restaurant in Nashville's West End.

You know how we love ethnic food and I had heard good things about Anatolia.

Coming through the door brought smiles.  

Nice open floor plan and not too crowded in.  And there were great smells coming from the kitchen!

We were seated quickly and served hot bread with olive oil and a spice mix for dipping.

We selected the Anatolia Sampler Platter to share as an appetizer.  It had stuffed grape leaves (dolma), filo wraps stuffed with Turkish feta & parsley, pita bread & hummus, and "Queen's Jelly" (haven't figured out what it is but it was GOOD).

For our meal, Himself ordered Spinach Stuffed Chicken (spinach, mozzerella, mushrooms, onions, parsley) topped with a tomato based sauce.

I ordered Kofta Kabob with rice pilaf, grilled veggies, and yogurt dipping sauce (Tzatziki).

Both were delicious!  And the servings were quite large for lunch portions.

Then Himself decided that you can not have a Turkish meal with having a Turkish coffee...

Small but mighty!

We were highly satisfied with our meal and will definitely be going back.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Memory Lane: Call Home!

I can!  In fact my parents still have that number... 52 years after they were first assigned it.

Area codes were put into use in 1947.  My area (Eastern MO) was 314.  The first two numbers were the exchanges (hubs) the call routed thru... ours was JU which was spoken as 'justice'.  The words were just an easy way to remember the numbers.  The last 5 numbers were your personal phone number.

This is what your phone probably looked like in the 1960s.  This was a 'desk phone'.

Or you might have had a 'wall phone'.

If you were stylish, you might have had a 'princess phone'.

But the thing all the phones had in common were a SHORT phone cord... only about 3 feet long.  So 'telephone benches' were popular.

Then someone came up with the idea of making a really long cord.  Then you could at least move around a bit.  But be careful... they were really good at tripping you up!

Then there came CORDLESS phones!  You might have been able to walk from one end of your house to the other.  The freedom of it all!  

Yep... phone service was charged by the minute length of your call.  The most expensive rates were during business hours- highway robbery!  Then in the evening (like 7pm to midnight) were about 40% cheaper.  

Night time rates (midnight to 6am) were very cheap.  But who makes calls after midnight (except my late father-in-law)?

Before the Internet there was the Yellow Pages.  Yes, they really could get that thick if you lived near a large city.  Made a great booster seat for the little ones too.

Ahhh ... party lines.  Or 'gossip lines' as they were often know as.

A party line was a way to get phone service to rural areas (often) to get service out there cheaper.  It means you shared a phone line with other people (tho everyone had their own phone number).  But the lines were open lines... so anyone on the line could pick up the phone and eavesdrop their neighbors conversations.  And you could not make a call until the first person hung up the phone.  Neighborhood wars started over phone hogs!

Incoming calls were handle in one of two ways.  Either each person on the line had their own personal 'ring';  maybe one ring for the first person, 2 quick rings for the next, 2 rings with a space between for the next, and so on.

Or if you were living fancy, an incoming call on rang to the number being called.

And before cell phones were pay phones.  Better have some coins if you needed to call.

This phone would have been inside a building.  A local call would cost you .10c and you had a limited amount of time to talk.  For a long distance call, you would dial the operator and tell her the number you wished to call.  She would tell you the rate for X amount of time.  Then you'd drop your coins into the machine.  Each denomination of coin made a different sound so the operator would know how much you had paid.  Then she would let the call go thru.  When time was up, you'd get a warning to deposit more coins before it disconnected.

A moment of joy for a kid was finding forgotten change in the coin return!

Outside phone booth.

A drive up phone booth so you didn't have to get out of your car.

There are still pay phones in existence (about 100,000 of them)... take a look at
(I do not guarantee this ... just found it myself).

And then it happened...

... cell phones were invented!

In 1988 Motorola introduced the bag phone.  They were powered by a plug that went into your cigarette lighter and you had to put a big whip antenna on your car's roof.  At first you could only get reception along highways, even that dropped calls were many.

And there was even a carry phone with a rechargeable battery.  You were really something if you had one of these beauties!

Then came "The Brick".  Amazing stuff here!

That evolved into the 'flip phone'... yep, that is what they looked like back in the day.

Ain't it something??

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Thank You Lt. Dan

If you've seen the movie "Forrest Gump" (is there anyone who hasn't?) then you are familiar with the character "Lt. Dan".

But what you might not know is that actor Gary Sinise is a great American patriot.  He has a charitable foundation called the Gary Sinise Foundation  that supports soldiers, veterans, first responders, and their families.  He also formed the "Lt. Dan Band" which performs at bases and USO stops (these are free) and public concerts to raise money for the foundation.  (He has played Ft. Campbell several times).

He gives and gives and gives of himself.

So I was moved to see this video of him watching people say "thank you".  Watch it... I think you will be moved too.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Making a Wood Turned Pen

I've always admired a beautiful ink pen, they look so classy.  So when I saw that the wood shop on Ft. Campbell was offering a class to learn how to make a turned wood ink pen both Himself and I signed up.  

When we arrived our kits were waiting on us.

After picking out our 'blanks', the instructor started showing us the ins and outs.
(That is my wood blank... not sure what sort of wood it is but it started out looking purple.)

Measuring the pen housing against the wood blank.
(That one belongs to Himself and it is Osage Orange/Hedge Apple wood.)

We had only JUST taken our shop safety class so I wasn't comfortable yet with using the saw.  I hadn't even touched it yet!  So I had the instructor do the cutting.

Once cut the ends are smoothed with the belt sander.

After that it was time to drill thru the middle to make the space where the housings will fit.

Getting it centered.

And drilling!

After that we put a 'dimple' in it to mount it on the lathe machine.

Mounted and ready to turn.

I've been working it down for a while.

Smoothing on some sort of finishing paste.  The instructor started it because it can get a bit messy.

But I finished it!

Now to start putting the inside together.

Pressing in the pen's end piece...

...and its cap and clip.

Our finished pens!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

"The Silent Natural" Movie Premier

On the 2nd of this month, I did a mini 'kidnapping' of Himself.  

There was a 'world premier' (actually encore premier) in Hopkinsville, KY of an independent movie that was filmed locally.  It was about William "Dummy" Hoy, a major league baseball player in the late 1800s.   He set all sorts of records during his time in the game.

Oh... and he was deaf.

In the movie, all parts representing deaf/hearing impaired people were played by deaf actors.  The movie is subtitled so hearing and hearing impaired can follow (there are many conversations in the movie that are in sign language).

I'm not sure when it will have its national release but when it does it is worth seeing.

Below is a trailer from the show...

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Photos from May

We were so busy in May that I didn't go out on any photo shoots until yesterday.  The 31st is still May... right?

We had an appointment in Nashville and got there way too early.  So we went a few blocks over to Centennial Part and walked for a bit around the lake.

Lots of begging pigeons around trying their luck.  I think this guy was a wee bit offended that we didn't have something to give him!

The oak leaf hydrangea were in full bloom.

As were the snowball bushes.  I think they are prettier in their green phase than when they turn white.


I couldn't get any really good shots of the lake... it is GREEN.  Like emerald green.

Green like a mallard's head.

He is quite used to posing for a treat.

Lady mallard was waiting down in the water.

Mallard family in black and white.  (Better than St. Patrick's Day green).

The glare actually helped the photo.  Aren't those babies sweet?!  There were at least 3 families in the area we walked.