Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Visit to the National Museum of the American Indian

Took advantage of this wonderful weather and took a walk on the National Mall on Monday. I stopped in at the National Museum of the American Indian. Just a fantastic museum. Here's a little more about it.
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

Since the passage of its enabling legislation in 1989 (amended in 1996), the NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum's publications, or via the Internet. The NMAI is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere's Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.

Here are a few pictures from the exhibits that I saw.

More from the National Museum of the American Indian

Monday, October 17, 2016

Christmas Time Is Here at Least at Home Depot

There is not a single Halloween decoration left at Home Depot. Not one. Here's my post on the Halloween collection assembled there.

But now it's nothing but Christmas decorations. So get going there's no time to wait.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Memories from New Zealand — Sail New Zealand

I'm behind on sharing memories of New Zealand so I'll post some over the next few days. One of the really fun things was America's Cup Sail Auckland. You got to go on a cruise of the harbor on an actual America's cup boat. And you even got to help out steer the boat and grind the sails. It was great fun.

Sail New Zealand Part II

More from sail New Zealand boat. Some of the pictures are washed out because I'd bumped the setting on the camera. Here is some grinding and sailing the boat. The last picture is of our captain.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Nats Win. Nats Win. Nats Win.

Jose Lobaton is congratulated after homering.

All I can say is wow. What an electric day to Nats Park. Nerves were running high with fans. The first three innings the Nats not been on. The Dodgers loaded the bases twice. But the Nats were able to get out it. The Nats loaded the bases too but failed to score any runs.

Things started out the way they did in game one with the same Dodger player hitting a home run. In the third the Dodgers got another run. Then came the bottom of the fourth:
The breeze that gusted in from left field Sunday afternoon hit the Washington Nationals with cruel reality as Jose Lobaton stepped to the plate in the fourth inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

Their aces had struggled. Their offense had faltered. Their weaknesses had been exposed, and their strengths sat dormant. Los Angeles Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who had not been good enough to make their roster in 2015, was good enough to embarrass them with curveball after curveball. A cross-country flight and a two-game deficit loomed. Then Lobaton, of all people, took a mighty swing. The ball flew high to left, and curses flew around the dugout because almost everyone thought the wind was sure to knock it down.

But Lobaton’s blast sliced through the breeze and landed in the Dodgers’ bullpen, giving the Nationals their first lead of the series. The script flipped on that swing, which lifted them to a 5-2 victory that was preserved by their bullpen, which did some postseason script-flipping itself.
The Nationals added a run in the 5th when Trea Turner scored. Harper was sent but was thrown out. But the wind (and it was windy) played a factor in Harper being out. The wind pushed the ball back toward home plate so the Dodger player didn't have as far to throw if there'd been no wind.

I was concerned at that point. Oh would that come back to haunt the Nats as it had in the past in playoff games. But in the 7th another insurance run was added when Jayson Werth scored.

This is only the second home playoff game the Nats have won in seven tries. And the first win I've seen. It was just amazing.


Joes Lobaton Breaks the Game Wide Open

Tanner Roark throws the first pitch of the game

Jose Lobaton crosses home plate. The Nats took the lead!

Jayson Werth adds another run.

All the Presidents and Friends Too at Nats Park

My fellow baseball fans: Jim, Sue, Lisa and me.

I'm glad the game was postponed. Sunday was just a perfect day for baseball. Bright and sunny. It was a little windy but our seats blocked it. We had a great time. And I got my picture with all the presidents!

Also fantastic to share this day with great friends. We decided the reason the Nats won because we did a practice run on Saturday.