Saturday, January 09, 2016

I'm Hooked.... AGAIN!!!

It's official!  I still have the passion for Star Wars, 39 years after my first experience!  I saw Episode VII: The Force Awakens three times in its first week.  I'm sure there are others who have seen it a dozen times by now, but three has been the norm for me, until it comes out on Blu-Ray.


Saw this story air on CBS This Morning Saturday.  I wish I was in NYC right now so that I could go to this exhibit!  Maybe it will come to a museum in Detroit or Flint.  I think SUPERHEROES IN MOTOWN or SUPERHEROES IN VEHICLE CITY sounds good!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Farewell to The Baby Grand

Mom has parted ways with this baby grand piano after more than 40 years of ownership! Unfortunately, nobody had played the instrument in decades. It hadn't been tuned in so long that when Mom inquired about bringing it back into shape, she was told it was a lost cause. ALL of the piano's inner workings and the keys would need to be replaced.

Let this be a lesson to others-- If you own a real piano (no offense to owners of electric versions, but they aren't real-LOL), keep it properly maintained. As you can tell from looking at this one, it is a BEAUTIFUL piece of furniture. However, since we didn't keep up with the maintenance, it was nothing more than a huge decorative piece.

I took lessons on the piano when I was 9 or 10 years old. Had a very patient teacher named Mr. Marius Fossenekmper, who once played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  He lived somewhere in Midtown Detroit and took DDOT busses to our home in Sherwood Forest to administer my weekly lessons. I played one recital at which he called me the only student of his who properly used the foot pedals as I played.

The late Marius E. Fossenkemper
(far right) in October 1941 at a 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra event. 
Sadly, after our move to Southfield in 1976, Mr. Fossenkemper had no way to get to us and we didn't have a way to get me to him so I stopped taking lessons. While searching the Internet for the photo at left, I learned that Mr. Fossenkemper died in 1999 at the age of 96.

I have few regrets in life. Not continuing with the piano is one of them.

Mom had the piano removed from her condo this afternoon. She decided to keep the bench.

Saturday, December 06, 2014


It's been over a year since I last posted on this blog!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Is a bad Apple spoiling the bunch?

A little more than a month after its release at a starting price of $99 with eligible upgrade or new 2 year contract, the Apple iPhone 5c price has been slashed to $45 at Walmart. By most accounts, the 5c is not selling well. By my account, this is the fastest price-cut available through any source in iPhone history.

Apple iPhone 5c
Photo: Apple, Inc.
Released alongside the iPhone 5s-- which has a more powerful chip and much talked about fingerprint security technology, all at just $100 more than the 5c price-- Apple is selling just one of the colorful, polycarbonate models for every 2-3 of the more elegant glass/metal models. 

While just about everyone, except the folks at Apple, thought the 5c would be a new bargain version of the iPhone at a price point much more palatable to folks in the lower tax brackets. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the 5c was never meant to be that. He says the 4s, now free with contract, is the current entry level iPhone. Analysts predict that by this time next year, the 5c will replace the 4s as the free, entry level iPhone when Apple is expected to introduce an iPhone 6 and move the 5s to the mid-level position. We'll see.

Personally, I don't find the 5c appealing, not because of the price, but because of the old 3G-esque chasis and the Easter egg pastel color offerings. What do you think?