October 9th, 2013

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It's supposed to be Spiderwoman...061013

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DS had a Corporate Day At The Zoo, with free rides on the train, the Carousel, and tickets to other paid attractions like the Sea Lion Sound, and KTB got her face painted. However, she looked more like a bat with fangs, rather than Spiderwoman! I must say, those are the sweetest fangs I've seen!


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The machine in the background is one of those that flatten and elongate your penny and put it out for you...if you also spend a dollar!
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The inventor of the digital timer....and other things...

Vince Eitzen was DS' grandfather. Marilyn, his grandmother, left for Florida today...and was talking about her first husband (he was the first of her 3 husbands.) He must have been an amazing guy...

(She's certainly quite amazing.. she flew from Florida alone, and back, and spent each day with us, especially a long day at the Zoo!)


Near as I can tell, Pappy/Vince appears to have invented the digital preset timer as we know it. Just think of the daily applications...microwaves, ovens, sports, wow!

Also, (see 3rd link), an automated, on-line (telephone) ordering system...he was way ahead of his time!

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I cannot think, ever, of being able to invent anything, and the creativity required for this is beyond anything I can even dream of!

And...how interested he would be, if he were alive today!
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Navaratri (Nine Nights) Festival over the years...

I used to have small "golu" every year, until my daughter left home. By that time, it was difficult to set it all up by myself, without anyone to appreciate it, and even worse to put it away...so I gave up the yearly practice. (My golu dolls still lie in a trunk in the attic of my flat.)

I just received email invitations to several friends' homes here, and I fell to musing on the festival...and I thought of this song from the movie,"Navaratti", where Sivaji Ganesan plays nine roles.

Though I am not parituclarly fond of this rather contrived song, it shows the traditons of a few decades ago.




Golu, or Kolu

Apparently, the word means, "divine presence".

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is a post of mine, with a photo I took of my friends' golus.

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is a post I made about Navami (Saraswati Puja, in Bengali, Sorosshoti Pujo).

And, finally,

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is a post from my blog on Citizen Matters, with a lot of photos associated with the 10-day festival.

Happy Navaratri to all my friends who celebrate it! I will be visiting some friends here in St.Louis over the weekend, and will share the photos, too.