Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31

Hirsute men:

Just because:
Piano lesson

Shirt lifter:

Boys in the locker room:

Just because:
Grease Monkey

With a side of jockstraps:

Have a happy one, gentlemen.

Happy New Year, Carmen.


Auld Lang Syne*
An old folk song written down by Robert Burns in 1788
for auld lang syne = for old times sake

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    and never brought to mind?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And “auld lang syne”!

    For auld lang syne, my jo,
    For auld lang syne,
    We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.

    And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
    And surely I’ll be mine!
    And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.

    We twa hae run about the braes,
    And pou’d the gowan fine;
    But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fitt,
    Sin’ auld lang syne.

    We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
    Frae morning sun till dine;
    But seas between us braid hae roar’d
    Sin’ auld lang syne.

    And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
    And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
    And we’ll tak a right gude-willie-waught,
    For auld lang syne.

    For auld lang syne, my jo,
    For auld lang syne,
    We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.”

In 1929 Guy Lombardo’s orchestra played “Auld Lang Syne” on radio’s first nationwide New Year’s Eve broadcast from the Roosevelt Grill in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The hotel, adjacent to Grand Central Terminal at 45th and Madison Ave., still accepts guests, and the Roosevelt Grill is extant. 
In 1960 Lombardo’s orchestra moved to the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 29



Weekend with the frat boys:

You gotta have art...

Polo Players at Fort Myer
Auriel Bessemer 1940

Auriel Bessemer (1909-1986) painted seven murals to adorn the main post office in Arlington, VA. They depicted local scenes of northern Virginia, such as apple picking and picnicking at Great Falls. Bessemer’s work was funded by a U.S. government New Deal arts project that ran from 1933 to 1942, in which out-of-work artists were paid to provide high quality art to adorn newly-built public buildings, such as libraries and post offices (thank you, FDR). Bessemer, a local artist, was paid $800 for the murals, which were completed in 1940.

But what about those polo players? As many as 1,500 horses were stabled at Fort Myer from 1887 to 1949, and Army horsemanship became an important part of Washington's official and social life. Until his retirement to his estate in Leesburg, VA, General George C. Marshall (1880-1959) rode horses at Fort Myer for pleasure.

Today two dozen horses are still stabled at Fort Myer to pull caissons for burials at Arlington National Cemetery, which adjoins the fort. Fort Myer is situated on the Virginia shore of the Potomac River, and its high elevation provides a commanding view of our nation’s capital.

Trivia: Fort Myer’s Pedigree
The Virginia estate owned by the family of Mary Anna Randolph was called Arlington Heights. She was the granddaughter of George Washington Parke Custis, who was the grandson of Martha Washington. GWP Custis, George Washington’s adopted step-grandson, had been raised at Mt. Vernon and lived in NYC with the “first family” when George Washington was president. In 1831 Mary Anna Randolph married Robert E. Lee at her family’s Arlington Heights mansion, which had been built by her grandfather (GWP Custis) over a 16-year period, from1802 to 1818. Lee subsequently helped rescue the estate from financial difficulties in 1859. When the Lees were unable to pay their personal property taxes in person in 1861, the federal government confiscated the estate for military purposes. Fort Whipple was built on the property to defend the Union capital across the river. In 1867 this fort was renamed Fort Myer in honor of Brigadier General Albert J. Myer, commander of the fort. The Custis-Lee mansion has been restored and is now open to the public. Today Fort Myer is also home to Pershing’s Own (U.S. Army Band) and the U.S. Army Chorus.