Friday, June 29, 2012

TTM #1

The kiddos and I have bought some used lots of old baseball cards to be sent out and hopefully signed. I mentioned this in earlier post. We also sent out some index cards to other folks to see if they would sign and return them. Well, it has been slow, but we have got a couple of things back:

1988 Topps Kent Tekulve
Dick Lebeau signed index card
1985 Topps Cory Snyder
Golfer Dustin Johnson signed 8x10
Hopefully, we will get some more things back in the coming weeks and we will share our successes.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

1968-Oakland Museum Style

1968 was one of the defining years in American history, the Oakland Museum, as they do, put on a great exhibit of that year with really cool artifacts. They looked at the social, political and economic events of that year. I was born in 1969 and missed all of the fun of that year.

1968 was a year of violence, from the assassinations of Dr.Martin Luther King and Sen. Robert Kennedy to the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

1968 Chicago Police Riot Gear

1968 was also a year of protest against unjust conditions both locally (the Black Panthers) and internationally (Tommie Smith/John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics):

1968 Black Panther Party Gear
A 1968 Olympic Torch
It was also a year that (sadly) The Vietnam War hit its peak. This exhibit does a great job exploring Vietnam without choosing a political side. The voices that lived through it and it lets you make your own choice about how you feel about the war.

A Huey from 1968
But even with all of the turmoil that went on that year it was a good year for Oakland's NFL team and it was a groovy year for style.

A Football used in Super Bowl II
A Hi-Fi with Turntable
Fashion of 1968
Got to Love the Beanbags
Even with the chaos of the year, 1968 was a year that we went a step closer to going to the moon as Apollo 8 became the first manned space craft to leave Earth's orbit, orbit the Moon and return safely to Earth.

Replica of the Apollo 8 Capsule

Monday, June 25, 2012

Inside the Oakland Museum

"The Planet" by J.B. Blunk
Old Solider by Robert Arneson

As a great as walking around the grounds of the Oakland Museum is, the inside is even better. One thing about the Oakland Museum is that it is since it opened in 1969, it has been "a Museum for the People" and tells the story of California is a wonderful way. The Museum wants the public to give their ideas on how to represent the continuing story of this state. The Museum is always trying to find a way to highlight the great artists of this state.

Double Time by Robert Hudson

Wolf head by Robert Arneson
Woman with Elbow on Raised Knee-Viola Frey
One thing I like about the place is that highlight artists on all races, creeds, genders and backgrounds. I like looking at paintings but I really like sculptures and things that people create from different things. I am not saying that painting is not creative, but I like other mediums being used:

The Gift of Presence-Raymond Saunders

Stained Glass-Arthur Mathews
In art part of the Oakland Museum, this has always been my favorite:

"Quick Ness" Harley Davidson by Arlen Ness
Besides having wonderful art by Californians, it has a great history section that tells the story of California. If person was in 4th grade from about 1970 to the current day and within a hundred miles of the Oakland Museum then most likely they have been on a field trip to the Oakland Museum. As they do a great job in telling the story of this state from the Native Americans to the current day with a lot of interactive displays:

An 1890's Wagon
1913 Cadillac
A 1951 Ford Victoria that was customized in 1956
A 1913 Gas Truck
I know it seems like I am showing just cars, but the car culture is what help made California and so did the movies.

An early movie camera
California has great art and history and the Oakland Museum shows it off very nicely.

A Gem-The Oakland Museum

The Front of Oakland Museum 
The Oakland Museum is a gem that many people don't know about. I have been going there for years. I love the place. It is a wonderful place and has many great exhibits and programs. I went there on Sunday and had a blast. I am going to break this up in four or five different blogs as they had a couple of great exhibits going on and I want to highlight everything.

One thing about the Museum is that it has a bunch of great things. It caters to all.

A Peace Symbol
Its grounds are beautiful to stroll through:

The Koi Pond
Baby Redwoods
An Old Mining Pond
A Petrified Log from the Petrified Forest, Arizona
The Native Grass Garden
Besides all of the nature they have a lot of art sculptures around on the grounds which really makes you want to walk around on a nice day.

Untitled by Ruth Asawa. Bronze Wire and Copper Pipe
1010-3 by Alan Shepp
M by Fletcher Barnes. Aluminum and Plexiglass
Brave New World by Glenn Takei. Glazed Ceramic
This is just the outside in which you can spend a lot of time walking around. To be continued with the inside.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

O.Co Coliseum in Pictures

Here are a couple of views of O.Co Coliseum that I took on Saturday:

The right field scoreboard with Tommy Milone doing some throwing

Field Level-Behind Home Plate
Another Behind Home Plate
From the 1st base Dugout
The Visitors Bullpen
From the Left Field Corner
Honoring the Four Championship Teams
The Greatest Owner in A's History
From the Left Field Bleachers
A Total View
Some Game Action
Josh Reddick hitting a Double