Captain January

Last night we watched the delightful Shirley Temple movie “Captain January” which came out in 1935.

I had forgotten that Shirley (“Star”) lives in a lighthouse with the Old Keeper who rescued her from a shipwreck. Unlike our Patos Lighthouse, which was not built to be lived in, (the Keeper’s Quarters were separate), Star and Captain January abide in a cosy little cottage with the lighthouse tower above. One of the first scenes in the movie has Star running into town to buy brass cleaner to polish the Fresnel lens and she ends up doing a dance, of course, with an incredibly young Buddy Ebson.

One items of special note for me was that toward the end of the movie, a telegram announces that the lighthouse will have an automated light installed and that the Keeper will no longer be employed to run the light. I think they give him two weeks notice! When the crew comes to take apart the Fresnel Light, they hold a part to the Captain and call it “old junk”. Unfortunately, this scene was not really fiction as over the years, when lighthouses were decommissioned, lighthouse fittings, including the priceless Fresnel lenses, ended up in junk piles and auctions all over the United States.

We believe our own Patos Fresnel Lens had such a fate, as it is now in private hands in Oregon. Lime Kiln lighthouse has no idea where their lens ended up or if it even still exists.

Patos Lighthouse Fresnel lens, 1958

Patos Lighthouse Fresnel lens, 1958

So by all means, watch the wonderful movie Captain January and ponder what happens when we fail to recognise what future generations will think if we don’t value the things we have now  and consider them for posterity.

Midnight in Paris

David and I watched “Midnight in Paris” last night. I was so eager to see this latest WoodyAllen film that I would have bought it, except that it was not out on DVD ’til yesterday. It was #One on our Netflix list, so there it was in yesterday’s mail!

I am inserting a link to Roger Ebert’s review. It contains the big spoiler of the (whole) movie, so if you haven’t seen it or heard about it don’t read it right now.

As for me, I have been waiting for a movie that is not just set in Paris, but stars Paris….my favorite city on earth. I often wonder about this…why it is my and so many others favorite city. It it situated on some kind of magical vortex or something, like those “Mystery” houses we used to visit on family vacations? Well, let’s just let it remain a beautiful enigma.

More practice….

As I know how I am, I realise that I must post at least a small something each day or ALL my WordPress knowledge will slip slide away!

Last night we saw an amazingly funny movie, “The Trip” with Steve Coogan and another English comic, (name?). There was so much that made us laugh and I can’t single out any one scene, except for their endless play on a scene from a Mel Gibson/Braveheart (and etcs) battle movie. Their endless (seemingly) ad-libs on the “Men…to bed…for we rise at daybreak!” lines….oh it was side-splitting. A movie to watch again in year or so?

And now for something completely different: a few nights ago we went to see an author speak at the library, Thor Hansen, who lives on San Juan Island and has written a book, “Feathers” A wonderful, lively and amusing speaker who pointed out that when we look at birds what are we doing but “looking at a bunch of feathers”? I can add esp when the feathers are brightly and exotically colored? Here is his info:

Oh one more insert a practice photo too…that’s the part that is confusing me a bit:

Center Church, Lopez Island