The End

The End

Although I am not at death’s door, there are those moments when I can see the door from here.  To prepare for the Day of Atonement, I have a few requests for my all my loved ones (family and friends).

First, don’t say “He passed.”  I died.  Saying “He passed” sounds like I had a bad urinary experience or an unhappy encounter with cannibals.

“Two cannibalistic ship captains passed each other in the night.”

Second, don’t say “He is in a better place.”  Repeated requests to all Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – have produced diddly squat so there is no corroboration for this assertion.  You can say that I am in good company.

“You go to Heaven for the scenery and hell for the company.” –Mark Twain

I may have better luck with Buddhists because a Zen Buddhist pizza guy once said he would make me one with everything.

Third, please do not have responses say anything about resting in peace.  I have no such intention.  For eternity, I plan to pester, bother, aggravate and, in general, annoy anyone who ever incurred my wrath.

“Agitate, agitate, agitate.” –Frederick Douglass

If you wish to delay the inevitable arrival of death’s door at the end, you can listen to the interminable The End by The Doors:

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Autumnal Equinox

Looking for a brief explanation of the autumnal equinox on Saturday, September 22nd?

Autumnal equinox

For an instant, the plane of the equinoctial colure will be perpendicular to the earth’s orbital radius vector.

Simple as that!

 

What is truth?

Pontius Pilate, 21st century version:

What is truth

“What is truth?” said jesting Donaldus Pilate.

“’Truth isn’t truth’1 because ‘over time, truth develops’2 and results in ‘alternative facts.’3

  1. Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s TV lawyer
  2. Jay Sekulow, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer
  3. Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSRm80WzZk

The Helsinki Summit – Before and After

BEFORE

Donald Trump MAGA

 

AFTER

Donald Trump MRGA copy

Antique Stained Glass – Attack of the Clones

 

I have managed to get through two posts on antique stained glass without complaining, bloviating or pontificating.  Someone noticed this beatific attitude and wondered if I, as a curmudgeon, was ill.  Not to worry.  A three word phrase has gotten me back to angst and teeth-gnashing:

“Tiffany style lamp”

Why would something as decorative and pleasant as Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass get me so worked up?  Well, peruse any antique or collectable store or any online service like Ebay, Overstock or Wayfair and you will find this overworked and misused phrase on anything resembling a lamp with colored glass in it.

Tiffany style lamp?

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No.

Tiffany style lamp?

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No!

Tiffany style lamp?

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Hell No!

So what do I, as the main bloviator, pontificator, and stained glass snob, deem a “Tiffany style lamp?”  It would be a reproduction of one of the lamps in an official Tiffany collection.  Specifically, it would be one of the lamps in the collection of Dr. Egon Neustadt and his wife Hildegard.

Never heard of Egon Neustadt?  Dr. Neustadt, an immigrant from Austria, purchased his first Tiffany lamp in 1935 for $12.50 (!) and went on to amass the largest and most comprehensive Tiffany lamp collection ever assembled.  See the Neustadt Collection.  Exhibits of the lamps are shown at the Queens Museum in New York City and travel to other museums throughout the United States.  If you love Tiffany lamps, you should go to one of these exhibits and also get Dr. Egon Neustadt’s book The Lamps of Tiffany.

Tiffany style lamp?

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Yes!