Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Second House in the Lot across the Way.

Taken 3rd November, 2014
A second house is now going up in the lot across the way from my house. It's halfway up to the top!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bougainvillea Blooms.


Our Bougainvillea plant, which I found as a desiccated discard on the curb last autumn, discovered its inner weed this spring after four terrible freezes seemed to have killed it, has now sprouted some nice raspberry-sherbet colored blooms.



Most Vile Malt Beverage in the Universe.


It's a Bud Light brand, even though there's no Bud Light beer in it. The label says it's a malt beverage. Basically Anhauser-Busch took some low-calorie malt liquor, some Clamato juice (which is clam and tomato juices mixed together), and a twist of lime. The result is the most vile malt beverage in the universe. It makes regular Bud Light taste good!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A New House in the Lot Across the Way.

Photo taken October 26, 2014, early evening.
 
Since I took a photo of the lot across the way last, the new house arising in it has been topped out and sheathed. It is of the Victorian-style camelback type. The finishes appear they are going to be the builder's "standard" variety -- single-hung windows that pretend to be double-hung, box eaves, asphalt-tab shingles and hardyplank siding (at least it isn't vinyl siding!).
 
The houses are going to front on S Cortez Street.
 
 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lot Across the Way -- a House Frame Goes up.


 


Photos taken October 17, 2014. A house frame has gone up and is now being sheathed.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A New Foundation.

 
Photo taken October 10th.
 
 
The lot across the way has acquired concrete foundations and concrete cinderblock piers for two new houses. Before the piers went up, I thought these would be high-priced houses but they look like Habitat for Humanity house foundations.
 
 
And they could very well be! Because before the construction started, my partner remarked that he heard someone outside a hundred feet away, talking into a cell phone, with authority, that there are activists in this neighborhood who did not want housing in this area!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Very First Triumphal Procession.

Continues from "The Very First Known Roman 'Crucifixion'", here.

Found on pages 156-7 of Rome, Day One is Plutarch's Romulus 16,4-5:

4 Romulus, that he might perform his vow in the most acceptable manner to Jupiter, and withal make a pomp of it delightful to the eye of the city, cut down a tall oak which he saw growing in the camp, which he trimmed to the shape of a trophy, and fastened on it Acron's whole suit of armor disposed of in proper form; then he himself, girding his clothes about him, and crowning his head with a laurel garland, his hair gracefully flowing, 5 carried the trophy resting erect upon his right shoulder, and so marched on, singing songs of triumph, and his whole army following after, the citizens all receiving him with acclamations of joy and wonder. The procession of this day was the origin and model of all after triumphs.
Of course, I shouldn't have to remind you that the Greek for trophy is τρόπαιον, and the Latin, tropaeum.

And here is a fresco painting in Pompeii of Romulus carrying a tropaeum.

Source: University of Texas.
 

And here is a carved depiction of Jesus, carrying a tropaeum.  Which, of course, is a cross.  Note the close similarity between the two.

Ivory plaque with Pilate Washing His Hands, Christ Bearing the Cross, and Peter Denying Christ, Rome, c. 420-30, from the Maskell ivories. The Trustees of the British Museum, London
Source: Art Blog by Bob.
 
And at the end of the carrying of the Cross, or tropaeum, Jesus is nailed to it as a god. Just like the wax image of Julius Caesar.

Ivory Plaque with Judas Hanging Himself, Jesus Crucified, and the Centurion Longinus Stabbing Jesus' Side; Rome, c. 420-30, from the Maxwell ivories. The Trustees of the British Museum, London.
Source: The British Museum website.

Earlier I had posted on this blog an article demonstrating that Jesus' being led to Golgotha was based on none other than a typical Roman Triumph. Said dependence still stands.
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Any questions, Christians?