Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Work of Stuart Davis

I know I have doing a lot on art and stuff like that lately-sorry, it is what I have been doing. I have been going to a lot of museums and stuff and seen a lot of  great stuff. When I was at the de Young Museum in San Francisco they had an exhibit of Stuart Davis. Davis was an early American modernist painter. His work is almost every major museum:


 Davis' roots in American optimism is apparent throughout his paintings during his lifetime and I enjoyed his work.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Outside the Legion of Honor

The Legion on Honor in San Francisco is a great museum on the inside, it also has wonderful stuff outside:

And a great view:

But in the courtyard they had an interesting display of art and I guess I missed the sign that told who the artist was:

If you get a chance, take a visit to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. It is worth it.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Music Monday: Songs About Cars

Music Monday: Since it is almost summer and schools are letting out. Let's celebrate being in our cars and getting away:

Hope you enjoyed some of these great songs about cars.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Golden Gate National Cemetery

As Memorial Day 2017 approaches, I decided to take a walk around the Golden National Cemetery. The Cemetery is huge and amazing:

One thing that really struck me is all the history. The Golden Gate National Cemetery was opened for burials in 1941 and was closed to new burials in 1967 (besides existing lots). Some of the people buried here tell part of the story of this nation and the San Francisco Bay Area:

He was the first one buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery
There are heroes of World War II:


Vito Bertoldo is one of five Medal of Honor recipients that are buried in Golden Gate

There are also 24 graves that have the heading: "Unknown U.S. Sailor, July 17, 1944. These are African-American victims of the Port Chicago Disaster. Port Chicago is not a well-known story but in an important one. An ammunition ship exploded while being loaded in Port Chicago, California, killing 332 people and injuring many more at the Port Chicago Munitions Facility
about 30 miles north of San Francisco. The Navy units assigned to the dangerous loading operations were generally segregated African-American units. For the most part, these men had not been trained in handling munitions. Additionally, safety standards were forgotten in the rush to keep up frenetic loading schedules.Less than a month after the disaster, when ordered to load more munitions, but still having received no training, 258 African-American sailors refused to carry out the orders. Two hundred and eight of them were then sentenced to bad conduct discharges and pay forfeiture. The remaining 50 men were put on trial for general court martial. They were sentenced to between eight and 15 years of hard labor, though two years later all were given clemency. A 1994 review of the trials revealed race played a large factor in the harsh sentences. In December 1999, President Clinton pardoned Freddie Meeks, one of only three of the 50 convicted sailors known to be alive at the time:

Two of the 24 graves of sailors killed in the Port Chicago Explosion

One of the guards killed in the Battle of Alcatraz in 1946:

And then are two graves that even though they are separate incidents are linked together in what is known as "Ten days that shook San Francisco" when I was a kid in November 1978. Jonestown and the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk (who at the time was one of the nation's few openly gay politicans) by a fiercely conservative ex-supervisor named Dan White:


 Leo Ryan (below) was the U.S. Congressman who went to Guyana to investigate Jonestown and left with some defectors of Jim Jones' People Temple members who wanted to leave. He was gunned down by members of Jim Jones' security squad at the airport and then Jones ordered the remaining followers at his compound to commit suicide. More than 900 people perished in the tragedy:

The Golden Gate National Cemetery is a window into the history of this country and the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the history is not pleasant but all who are buried here served our country and on this Memorial Day, please say a prayer for those who have served and those who are serving today:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cupertino Veterans Memorial

I was in Cupertino for one of my son's track meet and I saw this Veterans Memorial in their park across the street from where he was running. On this Memorial Day weekend, I know that everyone thinks it is the kick-off to summer fun, please say a prayer for all of those who have giving their lives for our freedom:

Being a Navy Veteran, I still live by this in my life:

To all those who have served in any branch and to those who gave their lives for this country. Thank You Very Much.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monet: The Early Years

I went to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and got to see a great exhibition of the early work of the great French painter Claude Monet. It is the first major U.S. exhibition that is devoted to his early work. (In advance sorry if the pics are not perfect-since it was the second to last weekend a ton of people were there):

The exhibition focused on his work as he was growing as a painter. There was some genius stuff going on in his early years.