Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lemons and Lemonade

We have all heard the quote, "When life deals you a lemon, make lemonade."  

Well, this past week our lemon was a huge snowfall with a double whammy... a power outage!

I only wish Sherilee could have been here to get her "snow fix."  Wednesday early morning... 5AM we woke up with our power out.  Opening the front door we were absolutely amazed to see how much snow had fallen since we went to bed.  It was a warm snow, and just slid off the hood of our car.

Opening the door to the sun deck I had Shirley shine the flashlight as I took this photo of our picnic table.  In just a few hours we got about a foot of snow!  This is what caused many trees to fall on to the power lines.

At precisely 6 AM our power came back on for maybe three minutes and then out again.  We had appointments in Victoria with the dentist, which we had to cancel.  There was no way we could see getting to the ferry in the dark with who knows how many trees across the road. So we went back to bed.

As the day progressed I got very frustrated without power, without internet and no battery left in my computer, so I suggested we get on the 11 AM ferry to Victoria and spend the afternoon at the IMAX. I had purchased seasons tickets to the IMAX theatre so let's get started!  Plus, on the ferry we could get power for our computers and with 3G sticks equilibrium could be restored in our lives.  The lemonade tasted sweet!

At the IMAX we saw our favourite Van Gogh movie, Brush with Genius... plus The Hubble, which was just excellent... showed their last trip to do upgrades and repairs on the Hubble and some amazing photos in space.  The third movie was Legends of Flight and it was about the slow race for the super planes... AirBus 380 and the Dreamliner 787.

Since the last movie was at 5 PM we had to catch the 7:40 PM ferry home after a delightful White Spot shared order of fish and chips.  White Spot has the best cole slaw anywhere with lots of sunflower seeds in it.

At the Museum/IMAX they had John Lennon's Rolls Royce on display again.  This time I read a little bit about the history of the car.  Purchased by John in 1965 he had the rear seat modified to convert into a double bed, with Sony TV, refrigerator and interior/exterior sound system... this was one classy love machine!

In 1967 Lennon had his black Rolls painted yellow (the Yellow Submarine)... same colour as a lemon, right?  and hired artist Steve Weaver to paint the flower power design on to the car.  Not everyone liked the idea.  One lady struck the car with her umbrella and said, "You swine, you swine.  How dare you do this to a Rolls Royce!"

In 1977 Lennon donated the car to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and received a tax credit for $225,000.  He was in trouble with the US government IRS.   Lennon died December 8, 1980.   In 1985 the car was auctioned by Sotheby's and was purchased by Jim Pattison's Ripley's "Believe it or Not" museum for $2,299,000 and displayed as the most expensive car in the world.

The car was brought to Vancouver for Expo '86 and then Jim Pattison donated the car to the Royal BC Museum... Another big tax credit no doubt.  It was displayed in the BC Transportation Museum at Cloverdale...  and since has been shown in many museums.  We have seen it before here in our Victoria Museum and it's always a head turner.

Question of the Day: What can I take and transform into something artistic?  What lemon can I turn into a lemonade... or  Yellow Submarine?

You don't have to be an artist to answer this.  Lennon wasn't the artist who painted the Rolls... but he conceived the idea in the shower one morning and then acted on it.

I shall have keep a close eye on our car.  Shirley loves that Rolls so much I can see her one day painting flowers all over our Infinti!

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