The Suckiest Airplane

The passenger next to me uttered an expletive.  I nodded in agreement.

The Delta plane was on the Boston Logan tarmac for an hour and a half.  We both had missed our connecting flight in Detroit.

Delta Planes 7.19.2017

Delta Planes 7.19.2017

No water, the pilot said.  Then, a yellow light appeared which he could not turn off.

This was followed by a generator issue, then a second generator problem.

Finally, we were in the air and a short time later, I was walking into Delta’s Detroit airport toward the Help counter.

“Your next connecting flight is in four hours,” the chippy Delta agent told me with no apology.  I was pissed.

OK, I thought.  I’ve never actually seen all of the airport’s concourses in leisure.  So, let me walk through them and check out the sites and shops.

Water fountain Concourse A 7.19.2017

Water fountain Concourse A 7.19.2017

I must have walked a couple of miles up and down the concourses as an airport-sightseeing-tourist.  Two items of note:

Concourse A: Pretty cool water fountain.

Concourse A to B and C: Tunnel with multi-colored flashing lights in sync with music.

Walking through the tunnel, I swiveled my hips a bit and twisted the rolling carry-on as my partner to the Motown song.   That was fun!

Detroit Airport Connecting Tunnel 7.19.2017

Detroit Airport Connecting Tunnel 7.19.2017

After three hours of walking all the concourses, I returned to my departure gate exhausted.

A colleague joined me with a half hour to go until we boarded the same plane.

Origami Airplane 7.21.2017

Origami Airplane 7.21.2017

The connecting flight was uneventful but my return flights were unpleasant.

Screaming babies and continuous kicking of my seat by toddlers plagued me all the way back to Boston.

Mercifully, both flights were on time.

Once home, I unpacked and folded an Origami airplane.

 

Peace Dove in Turbulent Times

Sudden death of a friend, major organization changes with departures at work and, upsetting family events all happened last week.

Peace Dove 7.16.2017

Peace Dove 7.16.2017

It shook me to the core. These are turbulent times.

Folding an Origami model was the last thing I felt like doing.

When I saw this fairly simple Peace Dove, I had to try it.

My dove looks sad rather than uplifting.  I don’t know why.

These days, I don’t even listen to national or world news because the stories can be so upsetting.

So what is one to do?

Sugar Maple Leaf 7.2.2017

Happy Canada Day – Maple Leaf

Yesterday was Canada Day.   A shout-out to my Canadian cousins!

Origami Maple Leaf 7.2.2017

Origami Maple Leaf 7.2.2017

Since a Maple leaf appears on the Canadian flag, I decided to fold an Origami Maple Leaf.

But, the Origami model in the tutorial did not look like the eleven-pointed leaf on the Canadian flag.

The more I studied the Origami design, the more I wondered:

“Is this just a very, very stylized version of the Maple leaf?”

I asked Dr. Google and what I found out was surprising.

Turns out that most of the Maples are specific to Asia!

Sugar Maple Leaf and Origami Maple Leaf 7.2.2017

Sugar Maple Leaf and Origami Maple Leaf 7.2.2017

The leaf I picked up from the tree near my house is from a Sugar Maple.

These trees can be found in Eastern North America and Canada.  Delicious maple syrup comes from the Sugar Maple tree.

Its leaves turn magnificent colors of red, burnt orange, and yellow during the Fall season.

The Origami model I folded resembles a leaf from a Japanese Maple with five points.

There are many varieties of Japanese Maples – some with red leaves.

This Origami model seems to resemble the Coral Bark Japanese Maple.

 

 

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Awful Origami Lion

“OK, you can fold this Origami Lion,” I thought, studying the YouTube picture.

OrigamiLion

I failed to take serious note that it was designed by an expert and folded by an expert.

After two hours of struggling to make my fingers manipulate the paper to this lion shape, I gave up with the result below.

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Doesn’t it look rather like a partially emaciated bloodhound with a tongue half out of it’s mouth?

“What a monstrous Origami creature,” I muttered to myself then, tossed the thing into the trash.

 

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Hopping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Wow, an Origami Kangaroo!  It doesn’t look that hard, does it?

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

There are four paws, head and long tail.

Ha, it took me 1 1/2 hours to fold — with two five minute stretching breaks.

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

This was easily an intermediate model and I was clearly out of my comfort zone.

My neck and back began to hurt with the tension and concentration of folding.

The breaks from folding were an absolute necessity.

At one point, I almost abandoned folding this model.

I’m glad I didn’t.

Sometimes, it is good to challenge oneself with a more advanced fold.

 

 

Father’s Day Tall Ships

Seagulls strut along the dock.  A ship’s horn scares them and they scatter to the heavens.

Boston Ferry 6.18.2017

Boston Ferry 6.18.2017

Seagull 6.18.2017

Origami Seagull 6.18.2017

Our ferry passes Tall Ships.  We gape at the size of their masts.

We are informed of each vessel’s country and specifics of the complex rigging.

Schooners and smaller craft sail by.

More than 40 Tall Ships, decorated with a multitude of colorful flags, were on parade yesterday.   Today, the Tall Ships are at rest, sails folded.

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It’s Father’s Day and I am now fatherless.  My dad, Errol, died over ten years ago.

Errol was larger than life…bigger than these Tall Ships in my eyes.  Brilliance and hard work led to a full life in Academia.

With my mother, he brought me and my siblings to North America via the Caribbean, Africa and England.

In New England, we would have opportunities not available to us in the British West Indies.

“You’ve had your father your whole adult life,” a friend consoled me at his memorial service.

I did not realize it at the time but she was right.  I am grateful for his life.

 

 

 

Goat and Milk 6.17.2017

A Goat Story

An email arrived yesterday describing a new Origami Goat YouTube tutorial.  The lovely design, by Peterpaul Forcher, captured my interest immediately.

Goat 6.17.2017

Goat 6.17.2017

The goat made me think of dear Uncle Rudy who passed a few years ago.

When Uncle Rudy was a youngster, growing up in Trinidad & Tobago, he had an incredible business idea.

He saved money from odd jobs until he could buy a goat.  Then, he sold the goat’s milk which was far more nutritious than cow’s milk and highly desired.

Every morning before school, he would milk the goat and sell it in the village.   Soon he had enough money to buy multiple goats and expand his business thereby helping to provide for his family.

Goat and Milk 6.17.2017

Goat and Milk 6.17.2017

Uncle Rudy finished high school and won a scholarship to study Pharmacy in Canada.  He saved just enough funds to pay for passage on a freighter and with one small suitcase set out for the interior of Canada.

Catching rides overland, Uncle Rudy made his way to the university.  He worked at night to support himself, and studied during the day – often falling asleep in class due to exhaustion.  His fellow students pitched in to provide him with Winter clothing.

Eventually, Uncle Rudy earned his pharmaceutical degree.  He would go on to become a doctor and then a much beloved orthopedic surgeon in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Origami Goat took me over an hour to fold.  While the instruction video is excellent, be forewarned;  the folding is quite extensive.