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Last night I won my game, and tied for the class championship in our five-round five-week club tournament. But I lost the brass ring on tie-breaks. Rats! But good job, in any event.

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Another swing….

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If we were to ever visit New Delhi, we would want to be sure and see the Viceroy’s House, the last grand gesture of the sputtering Raj, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. I am looking into this possibility.

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So here is what’s on tap for today:

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I am not sure where this is, or what this is, but here it is.

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Step one complete. Not sure what step two will look like yet, but working on it.



Well I have been wanting to do this for quite a while, and this afternoon, I finally got a little bit done. These guys are all competing in our usual Saturday afternoon tournament.

I know that this looks a bit like hear-no/speak-no/see-no, but chess players really do assume the most amazing contortions as they reflect on the unfolding action of the game. When one is in the middle of things, I think the building could collapse and no one would notice. So these gyrations are unselfconscious, and an authentic description of “lost-in-thought.”

I suspect more to follow – I need to take my paint box with me next time.




I haven’t taken a crack at drawing people for quite a long while, but I had a great time this afternoon. More to come.

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A bunch of us from the Design Center spent a portion of the day Saturday in Lima (as usual in upstate New York, a weird pronunciation: Lime-a), a town about 20 miles south of Rochester. We were there to examine the State Route 15a corridor as it enters the village, and to devise a variety of means to improve the roadway, the land uses, the design of private developments, and the connections needed along the corridor and into the village.

Route 15a as it enters Lima is a most unusual roadway. On one side it is zoned for agricultural uses, and features some amazing views across the abutting farm land. On the other, the corridor is home to number of kinds of development – a community college, a diner, a manufacturing business, a Dollar General.

Thus the drawing – one side of the road, I observed for my team, was Abbott (Agriculture side), and the other side was Costello (Commercial side).

Another view of the day’s work looked like this:

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All in a day’s work.