We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.YUP that’s what we did Sunday while “porchin it” on a beautiful and very lazy afternoon. Breezy weather rolled in after Saturday rainstorms — perfect weather for one of my favorites — blowing bubbles. I wanted to try taking bubble photos with Grenville’s help. One thing we didn’t count on was the wind helping to blow the bubbles a\way TOO fast.
George Bernard Shaw
Grenville kept trying to blow them slower, if that’s even possible.And, I kept trying to get them in a photo before they crashed onto the porch.
We kept trying, even switching to a larger bubble wand.If you’re ever in the neighborhood, c’mon by and blow some bubbles. We have a supply of them, cause they are NOT just for kids.
Growing up, bubbles were the the highlight of The Lawrence Welk
Show on Saturday night at my parents’ home. After an early start in CA where it was broadcast from the Aragon Ballroom in Venice Beach (1951-55), it ran nationally for 27+ years on the ABC network from 1955-1971. The show was originally broadcast in B&W; color broadcasts started in 1965. The show would open with floating bubbles, accompanied by a sound effect of a bottle of champagne opening. Welk’s style was called “champagne music.” This description is said to have originated from an engagement at the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, when a dancer called the band's sound “light and bubbly as champagne.” (The hotel claims to have the original bubble machine, a prop left over from a 1920s movie premiere.)
To make the "Champagne Music" tagline visual, the production crew built a bubble machine that spouted bubble streams. It was originally set up to produce soap bubbles, but after complaints from band members about soapy build-ups on instruments, the machine was re-worked to produce glycerin bubbles.
How about you — do you blow bubbles — OR
- daydream and do nothing
- play on a tire swing
- fly a kite
- visit a farm
- read under the covers — with a flashlight
- catch fire flies
- watch sunrises and/or sunsets
- splash barefoot in puddles after a rainstorm
- catch butterflies with a net
- hold a frog or toad
- listen and amaze at the power of a waterfall
- chase a rainbow (better yet, find the pot of gold)
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Mark TwainYouth is wasted on the young.
George Bernard Shaw