Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Iwo Jima National Memorial, Newington, CT

Iwo Jima National Memorial, Newington, CT



Erected by the Iwo Jima Survivors Association, Inc. of Newington, Connecticut the US National Iwo Jima Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 6,821 US servicemen who gave their lives at Iwo Jima. It was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the historic flag raising on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1995. On its base are inscribed the names of the 100 men from Connecticut who gave their lives in the battle.  It is located right off of Route 9 (Exit 29) on Ella Grasso Boulevard, near the New Britain/Newington town line. 
Sculpted by artist Joe Petrovic, it was inspired by the historic photograph of the flag raising on February 23, 1945 by American soldiers on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima.  This si cool as this statue unlike its replica in Washington, DC has a direct connection to Iwo Jima. The rocks on top are actual rocks from the mountain summit, the concrete for its base was mixed with sand from the landing beach and the flag overhead is authentic in its 48 stars.
The park also has an eternal flame and monuments dedicated to combat Medical Corps personnel and chaplains
 




 











Rosemary's Texas Taco, Patterson, NY

Rosemary's Texas Taco, Patterson, NY







Super Cow - Dairy Mascot, New Britain, CT

Super Cow - Dairy Mascot, New Britain, CT

Poised high above the Guida’s Dairy, New Britain, CT, one of the leading dairies in New England, is The Caped Moo-sader, Super Cow, the dairy mascot of a regional processor of milk, cream, ice cream, fruit drinks, orange juice, water and a variety of other dairy products.

Cape in the wind, leaping into action, "utterly" indefensible.
Masked to protect her identity, Super Cow is a champion of the dairy industry and Guida's echos this sentiment for being a major contributor and philanthropy in the New England Community. (according to their web page they donated over 4,000 gallons of Guida’s Spring Water to the Connecticut Food Bank to assist residents affected Hurricane Irene).




Monday, January 21, 2013

Doppelgänger coffee Shop Office mate, Brenham, TX

Doppelganger Coffee Shop Office mate, Brenham, TX

I parked outside and entered the shop excited that I could see the twin look a likes through the large coffee shop window. Amazing as, in his stillness and concentration into his computer I really had a difficult time telling the two apart, even though the paper mache' model only sat several feet away from . Apparently a local artist (Sculpted by Alan Gerson, the.same one that designed "the Big Texas Gun, near Brenham) noticed a regular, Blaine, that had set up shop with his laptop in a corner of the Mobius Coffee shop and was there day after day using the shop as his office. Wondering what would happen if he had to skip a day and couldn't come in he decided to make an exact paper mache' likeness of Blaine to sit in the same booth.








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