Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Beauty Abounds


177 pounds

While walking West on the sidewalk alongside Speedway Boulevard I encountered a still young but nearing middle-age blond lady with an extremely attractive face, trim athlete's body, and a long, free-flowing ponytail. She was someone I had said "Hi" to several times in passing, a seemingly happy, smiling woman who was usually breezing along at a brisk clip, evidently running  for her health.

But this time she was walking slowly, and appeared to be limping a bit. Being the enquiring (nosy) fellow that I am, I stopped and asked if she was all right. She said she was and that she had just fallen a moment ago and had bruised her knee and hit her chin on the concrete. She told me thanks for asking but she couldn't spare any of her time for self-pity because she was training for an upcoming race.

I wished  her all the best in that upcoming race, and we went our separate ways, each at our self-appointed pace.

Farther along to the West I spotted a flowering cactus pair that begged for me to photograph them.

So I did.

Scene In The 8,000 Block Of Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona   March 2014


We had some excitement here at Toscana Cove Apartments; we had a fire that did quite a bit of damage to building 10, the building right across from where I live. The fire broke out in a single apartment but (according to what the manager told me) eighteen units were rendered temporarily unlivable (smoke damage, etc.) -- the residents were temporarily moved to other units.

Some of the fire-damaged apartments

Here is some more information on and photos of the fire.

If I get any more information I will be sure to reveal it in a future entry.


Did You Know . . .?

Government vehicles in Cuba are legally required to pick up any hitchhikers.



On this day in 1945, the commander of the German Home Army, Gen. Friedrich Fromm, was shot by a firing squad for his part in the July plot to assassinate the Fuhrer. Many high-ranking German officials had made up their minds that Hitler must die. He was leading Germany in a suicidal war on two fronts, and they believed that assassination was the only way to stop him.

Fromm's last-ditch effort to distance himself from the plot failed. Fromm was arrested. In February 1945, and he was tried before the People's Court and denigrated for his cowardice in refusing to stand up to the plotters. But he was spared the worst punishment afforded convicted conspirators -- strangulation on a meat hook. He was shot by a firing squad on March 19.



beauty [byoo-tee]
something that is beautiful in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.

Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.



(born March 19, 1955)
Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer, and singer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage and then in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting (1985-89) and has continued both in television and film since, including comedic, dramatic, and action roles. Probably best known for his role of John McClane in the Die Hard series. He has also appeared in over sixty films, including the box office hits, Pulp Fiction (1994), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Armageddon (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), and Sin City (2005).

(born March 19, 1947)
Glenn Close is an American film, television and stage actress. Close began her professional stage career in 1974 in Love for Love, and was in The World According to Garp (1982), which she followed up with supporting roles in The Big Chill (1983), and The Natural (1984). She would later receive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress in Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and Albert Nobbs (2011). Since 2005, she has been known for her television roles in The Shield and as Patty Hewes in the FX TV series Damages.

(born March 19, 1933)
Phyllis Newman is an American actress and singer. She guest starred in an episode of Beverly Garland's groundbreaking crime drama, Decoy. She was then cast in 1960 as Doris Hudson in the CBS summer replacement series Diagnosis: Unknown. Newman became a major television celebrity of the 1960s and 1970s, a frequent panelist on the top-rated network game shows What's My Line?, Match Game, and To Tell the Truth and a perennial guest of Johnny Carson's on NBC's The Tonight Show.

Newman created the role of Rene Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live and was a regular on the primetime series 100 Centre Street and the NBC satirical series That Was The Week That Was. Other television credits include The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Burke's Law, ABC Stage 67, thirtysomething, Murder, She Wrote, The Wild Wild West, and Coming of Age. On screen, she appeared in Bye Bye Braverman, The Beautician and the Beast, A Price Above Rubies, Mannequin (1987), and The Human Stain.

(born March 19, 1936)
Ursula Andress is a Swiss-American actress and sex symbol of the 1960s. She is known for her role as Bond girl Honey Rider in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), for which she won a Golden Globe. She later starred as Vesper Lynd in the Bond-parody Casino Royale (1967).


Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
--Edgar Allan Poe



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