Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fatz steals my ...

The Burning Christmas Tree | 2010

Astrology | Progressed Chart

OPIUM | My Grandmother was an Addict!

Back in the day (1982 – 1988), I'd be in rocking chair next to my grandmother, mostly in the evening, at the end of our collective day. A real trailblazer, my grandmother was one of the first people I knew who watched CNN, and (get this) The Morton Downey Jr show. I don't think she ever watched wrestling, but I do know we had a standing date at 10:30a on Saturday mornings, to watch the only 30 minutes on television dedicated soley to fashion: Elsa Klensch's STYLE... so I could watch the runway photographers jockey for position, and marvel over the 80s Versace, and she would complain about the models' knees, but always have a good word or two for Oscar de la Renta, and "maybe" something by Karl Lagerfeld. She felt women should be dressed like women, but always waxed profoundly on "who the hell would wear that?" when a rather extreme Issey Miyake would cross the screen. And she certainly didn't like the "mannish" Armani or Dior (?) for women. No. No. NO!

But. She did have a major drug problem. Yves St Laurent's OPIUM.
How she loved her OPIUM. Two dabs: one behind each ear.

So she'd be putting her hair up in curlers towards 10p each night (8pm if I was "going out to the discos") with the little six inch round mirror propped up in "just that position", and if I rocked back and for in the rocking chair, she'd steady me and the chair with her right hand: stop that. "But gram! It's a rocking chair!" "Yes, I know, but you're doing the rocking..."

And in the last moments of her pre-slumber routines, she'd take out that small sample size bottle of OPIUM which I picked up for her on some hedonistic trip to NYC which, in those days, always included a 12+ hour shift on the dancefloor at THE SAINT. (Yes, the dancefloor, thank you. Had it been the balconies, I wouldn't be here to tell the story!)

So she would take her little bottle of OPIUM and anoint behind each ear. And that signaled the end of her evening's prepatory routine.

On night, probably stoned, unknownst to her, but really unknownst to me that she knew (she always managed to find something good to make just as my appetite cravings manifested themselves!)

So late one evening, I said "Gram. What's with the Opium?"

"I'm getting ready for the night," she'd reply.

Getting ready for The Knight, indeed.

LouLou and I made sure she had some OPIUM behind her ears, just as she would have it, right before they lowered her body, and closed the coffin.

Literally, thousands of flowers of all color and fragrance, and the funeral parlour was full of the scent of OPIUM.

The bottle which I have to this day...

So yes, my grandmother was an addict.

But I don't think she ever went to a meeting and started off by saying "Hi, I'm Gram, and I'm a friend of Yves.

Event Composite
Pitch a tent much?

Portrait of My Grandmother | Sitting 02

Portrait of My Grandmother | Sitting 01

Monday, January 17, 2011

The New iPod | Still a Classic

Born this day in history | 1925
Rock Hudson (American actor)

Rock Hudson was the paradigm of manliness for years. This was made all the more ironic by the fact that he was actually gay. With his razor jaw line and boy-next-door charm, Hudson would have been the ideal choice for Captain America.

The Vault|Student Work [1979]
Photography|The SI Newhouse School
of Public Communications
Syracuse University 1978 - 1982

Student Work|Motion Blur
Model: Kirk
Location: Oakwood Cemetery,

Syracuse, New York

Camera: Canon AE-1
Lens: 50mm
Exposure: 1/30, wide open, hand-held
Film: Kodak Tri-X, ASA 400

Negative presumed lost

The Vault | Syracuse University 1978 - 1982
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Hazing

The Original Full-Frame Negative

Negative presumed lost

The Vault | Post-SU [early 80s]


By John D. Sutter, CNN
January 17, 2011 9:07 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking leave of absence from the company because of a medical condition, according to a letter Jobs sent to Apple employees.

"At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company," Jobs says in the letter.

Tim Cook will take control of the company in Jobs' absence.

The letter continues: "I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy."

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