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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2014/12 Moments, December 2014

Toronto, Ontario; Austin, Texas; Katy, Texas, Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Fairfield, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Montreal, Quebec; Paris, France.

Maple Leaf Lounge
Maple Leaf Lounge. Relaxed start of trip to Austin, saw Margaret Atwood at breakfast. Trip became complicated as late flight to Chicago would miss connection. Long line, but phone call revealed seats available via Newark. Rushed to commuter gates. (Toronto) 20141203
Stubbs Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX
Stubbs Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX. Young Tongue, opening act on a quiet Wednesday night in the Red River district, north of 6th Street. We arrived in Austin a few hours ago, having been waylaid by a missed connection. (Austin, Texas) 20141303
County Line Bbq
County Line Bbq. Beef ribs, fatty beef brisket, half pound of pulled pork, as lunch for family of five. Order for 3 enough, would have been ridiculous to call for 5 plates. (Austin, Texas) 20141204
Party sushi
Party sushi. Family from Toronto and California convening foot lunch in Katy, Texas, one day before wedding celebration. Split off women to bridal shower, men to sightseeing at museums in Central Houston and Rice University. More family still arriving. (Katy, Texas) 20141205
Windsor Parks Lakes
Windsor Parks Lakes. Pavilion at east end of man-made lake in gated subdivision at the western periphery of Houston. Cool, cloudy day, but warm enough to be bicycling along winding roads around two storey houses. (Houston, Texas) 20141206
Family wedding celebration
Family wedding celebration. Niece is first of generation to be married. Post dinner dancing reveals a variety of skills amongst cousins not previously observed in other contexts. (Katy, Texas) 20141206

IAH Terminal C, security check
IAH Terminal C, security check. At Bush Airport, TSA Pre does not even provide bins, as laptops stay in luggage. Somehow discomforted by convenience, as I know that laptop on top of tablet should be impenetrable to x-rays. AHI and me to C gate for Chicago, him in slow lane through security. NPI was on different bus to B gate for commuter plane to Columbus. (Houston, Texas) 20141207
After School Matters installation
After School Matters installation. Stained glass umbrellas overhead, and windows to both sides of corridor between Terminal 1 and 2. Designed by schoolchildren in 2008 as acrylic and hand drawings, reproduced as skylines along the path. (Chicago O’Hare) 20141207
Cattle grazing
Cattle grazing. On the farm, not many distractions from writing. Hunting season, but deer know how to hide. (Iowa) 20141208
Bookstore pizza
Bookstore pizza. Relaxed lunch by main square in town. Sat in the spirituality book section while enjoying the half of the thin crust pizza that didn’t have cheese on it. A break from another day of writing on the computer. (Revelations Cafe, Fairfield, Iowa) 20141210
Eastern Iowa Airport, pier C
Eastern Iowa Airport, pier C. Non-coniferous trees in white and blue signify holiday season has arrived. Added to the hall of flags on the bridge from landside to airside C gates. Low stress airport with most traffic back and forth to Chicago O’Hare, so few distractions for passengers waiting to depart. (Cedar Rapids CID, Iowa) 20141213
Danforth Ave. w. of Woodington
Danforth Ave. w. of Woodington. Bundled up for bicycling at freezing point, trolling dollar stores for inflatable neck pillows to sleep in upright position on flight to Europe next week. Filled neck pillows now easier to find than inflatable ones. Slow bicycling up hills northbound on a dreary afternoon. (Toronto) 20141218
Red bean soup
Red bean soup. A better alternative to a birthday cake made with dairy products that I couldn’t eat, sweet soup for dessert at the end of a family Chinese meal. (Perfect Chinese Restaurant, Scarborough, Ontario) 20141224
Stainless steel elk
Stainless steel elk. Sculpture by Mathieu Isabelle 2013 “The Great One” in front of duty free store in the airport terminal on a Christmas Day. Changing planes for an overnight flight to Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Paris, France (Montreal Trudeau Airport) 20141225
CDG information
CDG information. Clerk at information booth said RER B train outage today, recommended Roissybus to Opera. RDI very tired, I listened to music for 3 hours lying down on courtesy upgrade by Air Canada. (Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France) 20141226
College de France gates
College de France gates. Research education founded 1530, across the street from the older Sorbonne, in the Latin Quarter 5th arrondissement. Statue of Claude Bernard (1813-1878) who first decribed “milieu intérieur”, now known as ” homeostasis”. Late afternoon following morning arrival at Charles De Gaulle airport, so RDI falling asleep at almost every opportunity. We should both feel better after a good night’s sleep (Paris, France) 20141226
Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf. Love locks on the Lovers Bridge seem sparser, as maintenance workers have been removing them frequently to lighten the load on the span. Strolling over the Seine and back many times with PO and BY. (Pont Neuf, Paris, France) 20141227
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower. Unexpected Paris landmark in frame, from the Palais de Tokyo plaza overlooking the Passerelle Debillly arch crossing the Seine. Had a late Sunday start by sleeping in on second day, enduring long lines at the Foundation Louis Vuitton art museum designed by Frank Gehry, then quick stop at Musee D’art Moderne. (Paris, France) 20141228
Fondation Cartier pour l’art comtemporain
Fondation Cartier pour l’art comtemporain. Unexpected joy at complicated two-room installation taking entire first floor, with “Musings on a Glass Box” 2014 Diller Scofidio + Renfro (designers), and David Lang and Jody Elff (sounds), explained during 6:30 p.m. tour (en francais). The receiving room has huge monitor panels suspended so observers ride a reclined shop creeper on wheels to view the images of the ceiling projected from the moving bucket in the transmitting room. (Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France) 20141228 (Ballade pour une boîte de verre)
CDG
CDG. Checked in at 11:58 for 13:00 flight. Got lost on way to bus to Gare du Nord, got taxi to station. Left RDI at Gare du Nord. Frustrated at RER elevators out of service, gates that won’t read tickets. On to Montreal for connection. (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris France) 20141229
New generation camera
New generation camera. Returned to store for Canon G7X after visit yesterday for S120. Old S90 not as reliable recently, decided to jump to larger sensor in new compact camera body. Fine details in selecting between a variety of technology options. (Downtown Camera, Toronto) 20141231

Sushi on New Year’s Eve
Sushi on New Year’s Eve. Quiet family dinner, with sons preparing raw salmon on vinegared rice in a professional style. Buying sushi-grade fish from Bill’s Lobster in Chinatown beats having to deal with the crowds on a popular holiday event. Sons may find friends to celebrate, parent more likely to catch up on sleep. (Toronto) 20141231
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