Friday, September 12, 2014

D-Day @ Imax, #SherlockLives, King Louis

August 29, 2014 – This afternoon we met friends at the St. Louis Science Center to watch a film on D-Day in the enormous Imax theatre.

 
 
 
 
d-day
 
The film was amazing and I would highly recommend it.  It offered a big picture perspective of the planning, execution, and strategic importance of D-Day.  The motion graphics and aerial footage in and around Normandy was absolutely breathtaking on the screen of the Imax:
 
 
 
 
 
Mark your calendars!  A Sherlock Holmes exhibit will be coming to the Science Center this fall, and we’re definitely planning on going!
 
 
Most of our family are fans of Sherlock after reading the Doyle’s books and seeing the stories portrayed on television from Ronald Howard, Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
 
 
The Game is On!
(Spotify & YouTube)
 
 
This red telephone booth is a reference to the iconic booth near St. Bart’s Hospital where Sherlock Holmes staged his death in the “Sherlock” BBC TV Series.  The real telephone booth at St. Bart’s has become a landmark for Sherlock fans and messages are posted on the phone booth all the time.
 
 
Following the film, we had a picnic in Forest Park:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chicken Butchering

August 18, 2014 - We headed down to a friend’s farm to help them butcher their chickens.  Despite a late night friends (almost) everybody was up and ready to go when we arrived.

Hustle and bustle ensued as prepared the butchering area and loaded the first batch of chickens.

 
This is one of those rare candid shots that actually turns out being awesome.
Yes, that’s a cell phone in Matthew’s mouth.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Time to pick up the chickens
 
 
Surfing?  Cue: “Wipeout”
 
 
Chickens are picked indiscriminately and with eyes closed
 
 
They’re not always happy to go
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I think that they’re planning an escape…Chicken Run style:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reinforcements arrive
 
 
Time to prep the butchering area
 
 
 
Reminiscent of drawings I’ve seen from the inquisition era
 
 
Readying the apron
 
 
 
 
 
 
Everybody was placed at different “stations’' so we could get organized, otherwise we’d be running around like chickens with their…wait, bad metaphor.
 
 
Crash course lesson on chicken preparation
 
 
 
 
No wonder she’s nicknamed “The Beast!”
 
 
 
“Heyyyyyy…”
 
 
 
 
 
 
United Chicken Butchers Association Local #386
 
 
 
 
 
Melanie wanted to try butchering the chickens, and the proof can be found in these GRAPHIC images:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighing and bagging the chickens:
 
 
 
 
Looks like someone found my camera!
Yes, even though you rarely see me, I’m usually present at the events that I take photos of.
 
 
 
Because it’s not every day that you have a saw mill in the background:
 
 
 
 

Before you ask…yes, my family and I had chicken for dinner.