Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This week, I created a new blog for Rick’s art. He still had the Tumblr blog, but I upgraded him to his very own URL: RicardoDuque.com. You should follow/like/subscribe/reblog/repost and all the other things people do with such things. It will be where I post his newest works as well as information about his upcoming shows. For example, this is the newest piece:

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Today (or even this week), I am trying to remember the point of Twitter. I mean, maybe if I had something to sell and I could somehow con people to opt-in direct marketing, sure. But I don’t have anything to sell. I just tweet out what is happening over on various internet places I post. It all just seems like a numbers game and today (or even this week) I am bored of it. That is probably why I have the tweets set to auto-destruct after 31 days.

It may be age, it may be cynicism, but news rarely shocks me anymore and it surely does not ‘outrage’ me as it apparently does to so many people that are frequent Facebook posters. Barely anything. Celebrity commits suicide? I’m surprised more don’t. Regular civilians commit suicide every day. I drive by Kurt Cobain’s house twice a day and see the people visiting his bench, I see the flowers and candles being left even twenty years later. Suicide is always on my radar, I guess. Cop killing an unarmed black kid, community riots, story develops, details become very very murky? Understandable. People jump to the conclusion that they want to be true before learning all the details. I do believe that the militarization of our police force is very dangerous and is distorting the trust that law enforcement officers should be building, but I live in Seattle. The police beat up minorities and empty their guns into drunk Native Americans on the regular. Mentally unstable guy goes on shooting spree? Sounds about right. We don’t do anything to help them and we don’t regulate our firearms, eventually the two will meet with an unfavorable result.

I guess I am just so bored of people posting Robin Williams quotes.

Still, I may dump twitter. I also need to find a way to purge all the older Instagram photos. For some reason, I am feeling the need to minimize my web footprint.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Mae West, Edna Ferber, Julia Child, Alice Ghostley, Alfred Hitchcock, Norma Shearer and the death of Jean-Michel Basquait. I don’t normally chronicle deaths, but Jean-Michel Basquait is in a different category.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 968
Total Views: 121,742
Total Subscribers: 332

I did junk on tumblr, instagram, twitter and even facebook this week. meh.

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

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I have a lot of rules. Rule #3 has never been enforced.

 

We are in Moses Lake this weekend for Rick’s high school reunion.  This town.  I mean.  Wow.  Gertrude Stein once said when referring to her childhood home in Oakland (and it has since taken on a life of its own and morphed into a slightly different meaning) There is no there there.”  Yesterday, we drove around looking for something to do, somewhere to shop, anything. Nothing.

Everyone is very friendly, but I guess only the friendly ones would attend a high school reunion.  Hard drinkers, but friendly.

I just want to go shopping.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Leonide Massine, Esther Williams, Randall Shilts, Mata Hari, Lucille Ball, Andy Warhol, Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque and Barack Obama.

The Stats:

Visits This Week: 608
All Time Visits: 120,692
Total Subscribers: 328
Most Popular Post: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22

This week I tweeted from @TheRealSPA:

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: Moses Lake possesses all the charm of a botched abortion. #MosesLake #ClassOf84

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 320 (old tweets auto-deleted to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 289
Total Followers: 223

This week over on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of Charlie Chaplin, Gandhi, Einstein and Truman Capote; inspirational quotes from Holstee, Abraham Lincoln, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Dr. Seuss, Hunter S. Thompson and Eleanor Roosevelt; and a lot of new art from Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.

The Stats:

Total Notes: 2,710
Notes This Week: 71
Total Followers: 188
Total Following: 292
Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Yves Saint Laurent

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I tumblr at waspandpear.tumblr.com/
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Happy Birthday Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque

Today is the birthday of Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.  You can visit the full collection of his art HERE.  Here are some of my favorites:

Some of his work is in the current show at Vernissage:

Vernissage
Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Ave S, Ste. 268
Seattle, WA 98802
United States

 

 

Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This week, I joined three Facebook Groups and started one:

The Port Orchard group consists mostly of people asking questions that a Google search could easily answer: Anyone know of an urgent care near by? (must not be that urgent if you can wait for Facebook replies). They also seem to be endlessly curious about car accidents, why various aid cars are at specific locations, and catching these two women that stole things from a place called Pet Town. Overall, being a part of the group has not made me feel any nostalgia for my home town or enriched my life in any way. It has made me very conscious of the time I spend on Facebook and evaluate if it brings any value.

The Columbia City group is a lot of complaining. Complaining about bad parking, complaining about vandalism (my assumption is that the vandals are not members of the group), complaining about someone stealing a ladder. There is no added value to my life being member of this group, but I will wait to leave the group because next weekend is SeaFair, and it’s gonna get real messy down here. A lot of people come down to see the hydroplane races and park all over the place. The posts could get interesting.

The Bent Car Guys group seemed like a potentially fun one to join, they seem to post a lot of photos of cars from car shows and ones they see around the city. I thought that maybe at some time, I could post a photo of the extra set of rims I have and see if I could sell them. They post a lot of photos of old crappy cars. I will remain a member, it could just be an off week.

As I troll through the groups I have become members of, I am reminded of that very famous quote of Groucho Marx’s:

“I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER.”
– Telegram to the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills to which he belonged, as recounted in Groucho and Me (1959)

This week, on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Aldous Huxley, Stanley Kubrick, Vivian Vance, Maxfield Parrish, Amelia Earhart, Zelda Fitzgerald, Sandra Gould, Raymond Chandler, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Oscar de la Renta and Ernest Hemingway.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 818
Total Views: 119,197
Total Subscribers: 319
Most Popular Post: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22

Over on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of abandoned shopping malls, beautiful drawing of the world’s subway maps, some new uses for duct tape, the art of Banksy, George Condo, Frank Stella, Keith Haring and Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.

The Stats:

Posts This Week: 47
Total Posts: 2,643
Total Subscribers: 187
Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Edward Hopper.

This week over on @TheRealSpa on Twitter, I tweeted:

 

 

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 307 (auto-deleted tweets older than 31 days to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 258
Total Following: 193

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I tumblr at waspandpear.tumblr.com/
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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

Stig antoi minulle tämän 50 markka, kun hän oli vierailulla 2000. Olen tehnyt sitä minun lompakko lähtien. #Finland #family

This week, I went to a gallery opening of the art by Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque and it was so well received that he sold one piece right on the spot and probably has another one sold to the same person. Click on his name to visit his website.  Here is the photo of the one that sold, it is called Escape.

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** SOLD ** Escape by Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque 36×36 Acrylic $1,100 ** SOLD **

 

This week on Waldina (the website where I chronicle what inspires me), I celebrated the birthdays of Howard Shultz, Edgar Degas, Lupe Velez, Charles James, Molly Brown, Hunter S. Thompson, Phyllis Diller, Orville Redenbacher, Bernice Abbot and Barbara Stanwyck.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 702
All Time Views: 118,281
Total Subscribers: 316
Most Popular Post This Week: Happy Birthday Phyllis Diller

This week on Facebook, I started a group called Blog Post Feed. It was in response to all the blog groups that have nearly a dozen rules about posting. My group has no rules. I post a photo, you post a link to your blog post in the comments, you’re done. If you would like to see what others are posting, click through the other comments, if not, don’t. There are a lot of blog groups that require the posters to click on other posts, mostly to inflate website hits. It should be about community and less about statistics.

This Week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr (the place where I share interesting links, photos, music, etc), I shared photos of Keith Haring’s art, minimalist posters celebrating women pioneers of science, photos of classic Hollywood, vintage Seattle and New York and a lot more.

The Stats:

Posts This Week: 42
Total Posts: 2,604
Total Subscribers: 184 (2 new this week)
Most Popular Post: America’s First Major Suburban Shopping Mall

This week I tweeted from @TheRealSPA on Twitter something about Arizona protesters being non-xtians. Twitter is where I share links to what is happening on Waldina and Wasp & Pear, as well as any thoughts I am having at the time and any articles I am reading and wanting to share.

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 311 (automatically deleted after 31 days to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 240
Total Followers: 189
It was on this day in 1875 that the largest recorded swarm of locusts in American history descended upon the Great Plains. It was a swarm about 1,800 miles long, 110 miles wide, from Canada down to Texas. North America was home to the most numerous species of locust on earth, the Rocky Mountain locust. At the height of their population, their total mass was equivalent to the 60 million bison that had inhabited the West. The Rocky Mountain locust is believed to have been the most common macroscopic creature of any kind ever to inhabit the planet.

Swarms would occur once every seven to 12 years, emerging from river valleys in the Rockies, sweeping east across the country. The size of the swarms tended to grow when there was less rain — and the West had been going through a drought since 1873. Farmers just east of the Rockies began to see a cloud approaching from the west. It was glinting around the edges where the locust wings caught the light of the sun.

People said the locusts descended like a driving snow in winter. They covered everything in their path. They sounded like thunder or a train and blanketed the ground, nearly a foot deep. Trees bent over with the weight of them. They ate nearly every living piece of vegetation in their path. They ate harnesses off horses and the bark of trees, curtains, clothing that was hung out on laundry lines. They chewed on the handles of farm tools and fence posts and railings. Some farmers tried to scare away the locusts by running into the swarm, and they had their clothes eaten right off their bodies.

Similar swarms occurred in the following years. The farmers became desperate. But by the mid-1880s, the rains had returned, and the swarms died down. Within a few decades, the Rocky Mountain locusts were believed to be extinct. The last two live specimens were collected in 1902, and they’re now stored at the Smithsonian.

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This week I quit my job. Well, I put in my notice. It felt great. The primary reason is because my work/life balance has been off and I haven’t been able to do anything that I want to do outside of work. I have been so focused on the needs of the store, I have put everything I like to do aside. I could feel myself getting angrier and angrier, grown more resentful of the company. I could feel myself turning into all those unhappy managers we have all experienced. By the time I finally put in my notice, the numerous secondary reasons of why I was looking for another job were just that: secondary. The main reason, my out of balance life, would not change even if they started giving me a manager’s wage, started communicating respectfully, started being supportive, and started providing mentorship and creating a community amongst managers. The bottom line was that the job did not allow for a work/life balance and no amount of money would be able to change that fact.

If anything, it was a lesson to me about my price. I guess this is not something that anyone really learns until they are confronted with it. How much money would someone have to pay me to be unhappy? My answer is I don’t have a price. If I am coming off as ethically superior, I don’t mean to. I am also quitting to take a job at Tiffany & Co. where I have the potential of making a lot more money. But the balance of my life will be restored. I will be going to the gym on a regular basis, working only 8 hour shifts, and getting two full days off a week. My resorted balance will improve my work performance and lead to my and the store’s success. I guess it is the difference of what a 170+ year old company knows and what a 3 year old company has yet to learn.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of the insightfully talented film director Billy Wilder, the beautiful and stylish Wallis Simpson, the hauntingly skilled actress/activist/model Isabella Rossellini, the powerfully moving composer Stravinsky, the tragic and mysterious Anastasia Romanova, and added the Hitchcock classic The Birds to the Required Viewing film series.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 436
All Time Views: 116,071
Total Posts: 1,158
Total Subscribers: 312

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted more classic Hollywood photos, vintage Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles photos, photos of abandoned places, beautiful photos of alternative movie posters, inspirational music videos, photos of The Smiths songs made into book covers, the obituary of Ultra Violet, photos of Richard Diebenkorn and Slim Aarons’ art, this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

The Stats:

Total Posts This Week: 126
All Time Posts: 2,459
Total Subscribers: 176

This week at @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I tweeted “This taco truck is crowded” on June 20th.

The Stats:

Total Tweets (tweets older than 31 days are automatically deleted to preserve freshness): 322
Total Following: 247
Total Followers: 180

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I tweet at twitter.com/TheRealSPA

 

Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

Dude, I swear, I don't know those people.
“Dude, I swear, I never said that and I don’t know those people.” – Jesus

 

Some things I have been thinking about this week:

1. Your Facebook “friends” are not really your friends. Facebook is not a real thing. You may know some of them in real life and are actually friends with them, but just because you agreed to connect with them on the internet does not mean you owe anybody anything.

2. Why aren’t parents vaccinating their kids? Are these the same crazy religious weirdoes that also don’t give their kids medicine because it’s “God’s will”?  Those parents end up going to jail for child abuse when their kids die.

3. How many people have to die before people stop responding to mass shootings with candle light vigils and posters and ribbons? None of those things are going to stop a bullet. How many more people have to die before people get angry and start holding elected officials accountable? Until we start electing people that will have the courage to address safer gun regulations and mental illness, innocent people will be murdered. Those innocent people may be your friends, family or you. How fucking stupid does lighting a candle seem now?

 

 

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Suzi Quatro, colleen Dewhurst, Rosalind Russell, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Hedda Hopper, and the 125th anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire.

The Stats:

Views This Week:  449
All Time Views:  115,087
Total Subscribers:  309
Most Popular Post This Week:    The Great Seattle Fire

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This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photographs of creepy vintage images that will haunt your dreams, Lucy and Ethel, vintage mug shots, classic Hollywood, abandoned places, set design still of the classic sitcom Bewitched, Vintage Seattle and iconic stills from North By Northwest.

The Stats:

Posts This Week:  87
All Time Posts:  2,385
Total Subscribers:  176
Most Popular Post:  Meet Paisley Currah

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This week I tweeted from @TheRealSPA “Fucking Enough”.

Total Tweets (last 31 days the rest are auto-purged):  323
Total Following:  221
Total Followers:  167

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This weeks Instagrams from @TheRealSPA

This weeks Instagrams from @TheRealSPA

I only posted two photos this week on the @TheRealSPA portion of Instagram.  One is a #hashtag because that’s how you get followers and the other is a unfiltered photo of the cloud that was my excuse for laziness.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 586
Total Followers: 119
Total Following: 122

This week on Waldina, I confessed my obsession for the 70’s TV show “Columbo”, I listed what I am listening to while at the gym or on the train, I celebrated the birthdays of Harvey Milk, Jimmy Stewart, Cher and Grace Jones, Nora Ephron.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 457
Total All Time Views: 114,061
Total Subscribers: 302
Most Popular Post This Week: Happy Birthday Cher

This week over on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photography of vintage 50’s fashion, abandoned places, classic Hollywood, old New York City street views, historic Seattle architecture. I also posted beautiful books covers created from The Smiths lyrics and video biographies of William Randolf Hearst. I posted an alternative movie poster for the film Harold and Maude, The Party and A Single Man.

The Stats:

New Posts This Week: 93
Total Post: 2,295
Total Subscribers: 173
New Subscribers This Week: 3
Most Popular Post This Week: Happy Birthday Jimmy Stewart

This week at @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I created an auto-promote rule that sends out a tweet every time I get a new follower, inviting others to follow them. It may backfire, it may be clogged with porn-bos, only time will tell. I also unfollowed a lot of people/things that were not following me back. I feel that when twitter is unmanaged, it can be an opt-in agreement to marketing by various people/things. And that makes it boring.

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 254 (old tweets automatically deleted)
Total Followers: 133
Total Following: 155

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I chronicle what inspires me at Waldina.com
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I tweet at twitter.com/TheRealSPA
I ADN at alpha.app.net/spa

 

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

I have a fairly small family, no first cousins and only one set of Aunts/Uncles from each parent. All my grandparents have died. The only living family that I have is from my maternal grandmother’s branch of the tree, even more specifically in Finland/Sweden, it is her father’s portion of the family. So, it seems strange to me that, with so few family members, four of them have died within the same calendar week:

Ivan Selmer Parker: Feb. 9, 1920 – May 18, 1988
Erik Alfred Anderson: August 26, 1961 – May 21, 1994
Waldie Alfred Anderson: February 5, 1930 – May 22, 2011
Waldina Maria Asplund (Liljekvist) Anderson Swanbeck: July 22, 1901 – May 25, 1989

The only other person from that branch of the family tree that has died in the last 26 years died the next week:

Aldo Nino Anderson: February 24, 1934 – June 1, 1992

To sum it up, for the last 30 years, every family member that has died on my mother’s side of the family has died in the upcoming two week period.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Maureen O’Sullivan, Studs Terkel, Liberace, Richard Avedon, Jasper Johns and Katharine Hepburn. I also added the Hitchcock film “Strangers on a Train” to the Required Viewing film series.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 631
All Time Views: 113,523
Total Subscribers: 297
Most Popular Post This Week: Huguette Clark – Not So Secret Obsession

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted a lot of creep inspirational posters from the 70’s and vintage photographs of Hollywood, New York City and Seattle.

The Stats:

Posts This Week: 65
Total Posts: 2.260
Total Subscribers: 171
New Subscribers: 1
Most Popular Post This Week: Seattle’s Fraternal Order of Eagles

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Rear View Mirror – Week In Review – Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day turns 100. It is always good to convey your appreciation to people you appreciate, whether or not Hallmark makes an applicable card.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Martha Graham, Fred Astaire, Nancy Walker and Tyrone Power. I also confessed my obsessions with the Polaroid Land Camera SX-70, Braniff International Airways, the Samuel-Novarro House and Bewitched.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 470
All Time Views: 112,841
Total Posts: 1,110
Total Subscribers: 296
Most Popular Post This Week: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22

Over on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of the new Spring/Summer line for Rafael Soto menswear, some 70’s self help posters, and various Nick Wooster factoids.

The Stats:

Total Notes This Week: 34
Total All Time Notes: 2,223
Total Subscribers: 171
New Subscribers: 2
Most Popular Post: It Only Takes Three Photos To Open Our Eyes To Why We Should Stop Driving Cars

This week at @TheRealSPA, I tweeted:

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The Stats:

Total Tweets (auto-deleted after 31 days): 307
Following: 336
Followers: 125

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I chronicle what inspires me at Waldina.com
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