The noble dog waiting patiently for a walk with his new red collar and leash. Smokey is eleven and one half years old and still in great shape. He is an American Pit Bull Terrier and the most gentle loving dog I have ever had. Since he was 10 weeks old he has been taught good manners. He will not lick, will not jump up on you, will not jump up on the bed or on furniture unless invited. He just looks up at you expectantly waiting to be petted. He especially likes having his ears rubbed. He is especially gentle with children. If the child starts to get too rough or tries to ride him like a horsey, Smokey will just quietly walk away and retire to the bedroom.
Even though we have had a fairly mild winter so far in Tulsa, nothing is blooming and the trees are bare. If we want color we will have to think about summer when the Zinnias are in bloom and the butterflies are fluttering.
I bought a sandwich from a vending machine today, put a $5 bill into the slot and got back $1.25 in coin for change. Not 5 quarters, but a dollar coin and a quarter. From 1794 until 1978 the one dollar coin was large and heavy and until 1964 were made primarily of silver, hence the "silver dollar". Beginning in 1979 a new smaller dollar coin was introduced. It is estimated that if the new smaller dollar coin were to replace the dollar bill the savings over 30 years would be about $5.5 Billion dollars.
Unfortunately the smaller coin has been very unpopular and is rarely seen in common circulation. About the only place it is used is in vending machines. There are several series of the new coin. This is the reverse (tails) of the Presidential series. The obverse (heads) is the portrait of one of the presidents this being a 2011 coin with Ulysses S. Grant. The history of the American dollar is quite interesting and this is already too wordy. If you want to read all about it see Wikipedia.
Wednesday I stopped by Philbrook Art Center to see its current exhibit of European Masterworks on loan from the Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. I came out just after 5 PM and looked across the street at a brilliant yellow light. At first I thought a house was on fire. Then on second look I thought it was some sort of large incandescent light. By the time I reached my van the light shifted a bit and I realized that I was looking at the reflection of the late afternoon sun on the windowpanes of the house just across from the entrance. I thought I would try and get a picture of it but by the time I got inside, took my camera out of its bag and maneuvered back to the right angle, the sun had dropped just enough so that the reflection had disappeared. It is surprising how quickly the light can change late in the afternoon. So Friday I drove back over to Philbrook at 5:00 PM, found the right spot, and got my picture. Seen through my zoom lens it lacks the element of surprise that caught my attention earlier but is still an interesting photograph. I hope you enjoy it.
Several years ago I planted some gourd seed along my back fence. I thought it might be fun to hav e a few gourds to turn into birdhouses or rattles or whatever. Little did I know how vigorous these things are. They took over the fence, ran up a utility pole and down the power lines into the next yard. I had more gourds than I knew what to do with. I gathered up the ones I could reach and hung them up to dry. If you think you can't grow stuff, plant gourds, then stand back.
The CDPB theme for January 1 of 2012 is to pick one photo from all those published in 2011. Here is the photo of the little bar at the north window of the Jazz Depot, the old Frisco train station in the heart of downtown Tulsa. The keyboard set into the floor tile made this a natural for both Weekend Reflections and the Black and White Weekend memes. It has kind of a Humphrey Bogart feel about it that I like. Thank you for visiting and have a Happy New Year.
A City Daily Photo Blog (CDPB) is a blog that publishes a photo each day taken in and around a particular city. Currently there are 2,366 such blogs.Tulsa Gentleman is a City Daily Photo Blog for Tulsa, Oklahoma. The first day of each month there is a theme for all City Daily Photo Blogs.