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In 1982 Agnes Denes cultivated, grew, and harvested a two-acre wheatfield in downtown Manhattan, a few blocks away from the World Trade Center and the heart of the financial district. KA-CHING!

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____________________ Longview Theater 🎥 Longview, Washington • c. 1942 • Planned during the ‘City Beautiful’ movement – which influenced much of urban design during the early 20th century – the city of Longview is modeled after Washington D.C. Among its unique buildings, the historic Longview Theater would become known for its creative ways to attract audiences and ultimately have its glittering marquee saved by the community it served • Longview enjoyed rapid growth from its founding in the roaring 20s until the Great Depression leveled the American economy. When the U.S. joined WW2, the city’s port was utilized for loading cargo heading to the Pacific and Longview’s economy boomed once more. It was during this time that businessman Steve Oversby opened the Longview Theater on the city’s bustling Commerce Avenue • The Theater earned a reputation not just for the movies it showed, but its creative approach to promoting them. For instance, the Theater hired a young woman to sell silver dollars for 50 cents to promote the film “Winchester ‘73” in which silver dollars were prominent props. Then in 1952, a man in full cowboy regalia rode a horse around the city’s schools to promote the film “Springfield Rifle” • With the rise of television, theaters struggled to compete and in 1954 the Theater closed its doors. Over the next thirty years, the Theater went through a series of unsuccessful reopenings • When it was put on the market, all kinds of businesses clamored to buy it — even attracting a church and an adult entertainment business. But, it was an indoor skate park that took over and operated for seven years. Today, the theater is home to Stageworks Northwest, a non-profit live theater that remodeled the building and raised over $25,000 to restore its signature marquee • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @craigcatterson ✍️: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + tdn.com + mylongview.com • #AccidentallyWesAnderson​ ​#Archigram #AccidentalWesAnderson​ ​#WesAnderson​ ​#VscoArchitecture​ ​#Vscotravel #Upperleft #Wanderwashington #Pnwwonderland #WashingtonState #Longview #CinemaTreasures

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Arcadians versus Utopians :   I shudder at the thought that Americans might be fool enough, to vote for the people who have a plan. And won’t even tell them what it is, until after the election. And could win it, only because they have succeeded in smearing the (essentially Arcadian) incumbent; and drilled all the young commies (“liberals”) to do as they say. (And they will make the adults pay their student debts.)

Vox Popoli: A portrait in missing the point  This is a prime example of the problem with all the clueless Boomers and GenXers who live in safe white enclaves and believe that diversity is nothing more than a nice dash of spice and color in their comfortable lives. They don’t realize that they no longer live in America… or how desperately they will miss it once they realize what has taken its place.


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____________________ United States Postal Service 📬United States 🇺🇸 c. 1971 • With origins dating back to the American Revolution, the United States Postal Service (USPS) embodies the people’s desire for connection and correspondence. Originally established before the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were even written, the postal service is one of oldest organizations in the United States • In 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed as the first postmaster general, responsible for establishing the postal system. Less than two decades later, the passage of the Postal Service Act in 1792 officially established the Post Office Department • The U.S. expanded westward, providing postal services to the developing states. In 1847, the first postage stamps were issued, but by the mid-19th century the Pony Express took the reins of mail service in the American West, providing delivery by way of horseback between Missouri & California • Ultimately the telegraph eclipsed the Pony Express, but the service revealed the potentials of transcontinental correspondence. By then, free mail delivery in cities and rural areas had been established, and at the end of WW1, the Post Office began airmail services. From the ground to the skies, the service seemed to know no bounds • In 1970, postal workers, angered by poor wages and working conditions, organized a strike. In the end, negotiations lead to the establishment of a new federal agency, the United States Postal Service • Today the USPS handles more than 48% of the world’s mail volume, and depends on the sale postage, products and services for operating expenses • Although there is no official motto, the USPS continues to strive to carry out its universal service obligation: to deliver to all individuals, regardless of where they live, at an affordable price • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @zachariah.haske + @adriancobb + @accidentallywesanderson + paintingdi ✍️: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + about.usps.com + online-shipping-blog.endicia.com • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #PostOffice #SnailMail #Mailbox #USPostOffice #USPS

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 Cutting out the corporate cancer  Allowing the inmates to run the asylum, as Google and the NBA do, is a certain path to corporate extinction. Don’t be surprised to see other companies not only following Coinbase’s example but getting considerably more proactive about not permitting them to infest the organization in the first place.

The Feds announced to great fanfare that they foiled a plot by far-right extremists to kidnap the daffy governor of Michigan. They coordinated this with the governor so she could try to gain some sympathy. Of course, this being the age of lies, the extremists were mostly anarchists and random goofballs talked into this by the Feds. Putting aside the absurdity of this case, it does raise a good question. That is, why has there been so little organized violence in America? A Peaceful End | The Z Blog

Christians, Jews, other religions, have proved to the authorities that they can be easily intimidated. The Church, and the churches, will agree to close down: accepting that public health must take priority, not only over freedom, but also over God.  Politicizing Everything – The Catholic Thing


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Hey Adventurers 👋 We made it to a Million 🥳 So to show our Thanks & appreciation 🙏 We’re doing a Giveaway (open thru Friday) 🎁 Wes Anderson – the legend himself – signed ✍️ a few things along with other goodies 🎉 (Link in bio & story & all that Jazz 🎶) • All this week we are also sharing some of our firsts & favorites 🥰 Hope you enjoy ❤️🤗 • Vesuvio Bakery | New York, New York | c. 1920 • Opened in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in 1920 by Neopolitan immigrants Nunzio and Jennie Dapolito, Vesuvio Bakery offered fresh bread and biscuits from within its now-iconic lime green storefront for more than 90-years • In the basement, the Dapolitos baked their goods using coal ovens. Their son Anthony – born the year the Bakery was opened – became a staple of the neighborhood, delivering bread on his horse-drawn wagon • Anthony went on to take over the Bakery. In the decades that followed, he became a tireless community activist as the unofficial “Mayor of Greenwich Village”. In the 1960s, he worked alongside Eleanor Roosevlet and Jane Jacobs to save Washington Square Park from the controversial freeway proposed by city official Robert Moses • Anthony passed away in 2003, leaving a legacy of delicious baked goods and commitment to his community. Shortly before his passing, Anthony sold the Bakery and it became the Birdbath Green Bakery. The new baker operated for a short while, but was permanently closed in 2009 • Now owned by restaurateur Adam Block, the beloved Italian bakery is experiencing a renaissance of its own. With the intent to preserve its origins, Block reopened Vesuvio Bakery in 2020 and restored its original storefront and signage. Open daily, the Bakery will serve simple, quality baked goods – just as the Dapolitos did many years ago • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @jamesandkarla ✍️: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + @eater_ny + @gothamist + @6sqft + @amnewyork • #AccidentallyWesAnderson​ ​#AccidentalWesAnderson​ ​#WesAnderson​ ​#VscoArchitecture​ #Archigram #Symmetrical #bakerylife #TravelCommunity #Thebigapple #NYCgo #NewYorkCity #SohoNyc #VesuvioBakery #PrinceStreet

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  • Anonymous October 11, 2020, 9:21 AM

    In re Arcadians vs Utopians, I am sure they have a plan that they really don’t want to reveal. Except Keith Olberman couldn’t wait:


  • James ONeil October 11, 2020, 9:55 AM

    Reading these Strange Daze links can be a bit depressing. Perhaps, for a change of pace, you might want to watch me blow out the candles on my birthday cake. 😉

  • ghostsniper October 11, 2020, 1:32 PM

    That Vox Popoli link reads similar to a comment made here a week or two ago.
    The author of the VP screed was born in 1969 so most of what he wrote, too, was utter bullshit.
    Once again, some are drawn to the worst life has to offer, but most are not.

  • ghostsniper October 11, 2020, 1:37 PM

    Now THAT’S the way to blow them candles out, Jim!
    And many more…..

  • Nori October 11, 2020, 3:42 PM

    Happy Birthday,James! Thanks for sharing that delightful blowout;nicely done.

    Next year,a flammenwerfer,perhaps? 💥

  • Speller October 12, 2020, 3:04 AM

    “I shudder at the thought that Americans might be fool enough, to vote for the people who have a plan. And won’t even tell them what it is, until after the election.”

    Oh, they’re fool enough alright. That’s exactly what they did in 2008.