Monthly Archives: March 2014

McDonald Observatory:Ft. Davis,TX

I think the floor looks a bit like the Milky Way. Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but coming to see the stars and planets at this UT funded observatory is amazing. You need a black sky to really see the lights and Ft. Davis is a dark place. The big telescopes were aimed at Jupiter whose bands and multiple moons were bright as lights at an eye exam.

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Mayia’s:Marfa:TX

Sophisticated interior with excellent Italian food. Maya was a friend of Judd's daughter who accompanied her to Marfa after the death of her father... and never left. A theme of many of those we met over the last several days- many of them New Yorkers.

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The Block:Marfa,TX

This is the living complex that Donald Judd renovated for himself. It has the only restroom in Marfa that doesn't have Meyers organic products. Judd was a precisionist for whom everything was placed exactly including the many books and paraphernalia cluttering his huge work tables. He also believed in living with his work, so every "studio" space- and there are several in the complex of buildings here and those he owned around town- has a bed in it.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

Marfa is a lot like a Texas version if Brooklyn- filled with artists, groovy shops and great food. Good coffee not so easy to find. Artisanal everything else is. Obviously Chinati is following suit with its product choices. A trial to get to, this homage to the artist that Donald Judd envisioned and executed in this dusty, deserted part of Texas is both deeply moving and surprisingly instructive. Well worth the journey.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

Posted in Art, Out & About, Sightseeing |

Another restroom in this complex of old military buildings, now installation spaces. This was in the Arena which had been riding ring and later became on of Judd's homes. Hence the bathtub. a

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Hotel Paisano:Marfa,TX

Posted in Hotel, Out & About, Travel |

Lucked out for a change and got what my friend and I are referring to as the Honeymoon Suite- spacious with two ceiling fans, 2 Queen beds and, best of all, two bathrooms. I love the efficiency of this little space with a shower consisting of a drain in the floor and shower curtain. I was able to prop my foot on the toilet to shave my legs. Perfect.

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Bus from El Passo to Marfa:Texas

Posted in Art, Sightseeing, Theater |

I don't want to be too graphic, but I think it is rather gross to see a small well of yellow in the corner of the floor even if you are on a bus. Would have been nice to have hand wipes available as well. 2hrs 45 min into the trip with 45min to go. Just stopped to see the Marfa Prada installation on the side of the highway. Pretty odd and recently vandalized not for the product, but as an artistic comment.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport:Austin,TX

Posted in Airport, Art, Entertainment |

No longhorns in the restroom here, but there are plenty around the city. If you can see the photo of the black eyes Susan hanging on the wall, you will appreciate the gentle, natural style of this airport. Lots of other photos of natural Texas on the walls. An overnight with my niece which included an awesome Tex-Mex dinner with great margueritas, at Huy's, a concert by Brooklyn Riders at UT - combination if classical and cutting edge works brilliantly performed- with drinks with them afterwards at Easy Tiger. Overnight at The Driscoll, Austin's grand dame of a hotel. Great time had by all.

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Bitter End Resort:Virgin Gorda, BVI

4 little mermaids are we venturing onto land this afternoon to do a better clean up for our fancy farewell dinner. Had to motor the full 9 hours from Anguilla as there was little wind. Good sunbathing day with no clouds and warm temps. Also time to polish the chrome and read our books.

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Tethys:Tintamarre, St Maarten

Posted in Out & About, Travel |

It feels a bit ridiculous to have gone from a bathroom in Tibet the size of a small apartment to a head that barely holds one person. However the compensations of spending a week on the otherwise spacious boat sailing from island to island and eating the delicious fruits of these islands- St Bart's especially- outweigh the claustrophobia.

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