Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Traveling to Reno

My absence was due to an urge to travel. We needed to get away for a week. So we decided to drive down to Reno. The need to gamble was not great. As a matter of fact, I think I wagered a total of $10. And I came home with $30 in winnings. That’s how sharp I am. We’ve been to Reno many times and there are other attractions besides gambling. The first day we visited the Nevada Museum of Art. This is a relatively new building, about two years old now. It is several times larger than the old art museum. Over the years we’ve seen some very good exhibits there, Peter Hurd, Alfonse Mucha, Andy Warhol and others I’ve forgotten. The main attraction this time was a splendid exhibit of Maxfield Parrish. The gallery had plenty of space to display some very large pieces. There were triptychs taking up entire walls. Especially appealing was one of Old King Cole, his pipes, his bowl and his fiddlers three. Another was a huge painting portraying a medieval Italian festive occasion. Many lords and ladies in exquisite finery. Even the waiters wore matching garb. This took up a large portion of our first day in Nevada. A trip to the Meadowbrook Mall to window shop, and dropping into Barnes and Noble bookstore to see what books they might have different from the local one. After a two day drive through intermittent showers and squalls and downpours, it was an easy day for we two travelers. And ended splendidly with supper of cioppino at John Ascuega’s Nugget Casino in Sparks, Reno’s sister city, just a few miles away.


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