Wednesday, September 30, 2009

#351 Fairground Ride @ Apple Fest

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

#350 Drummers

This is one of a group of drummers who have been drumming all day at Apple Fest (probably also all day yesterday). I believe they are some sort of religious group. Maybe they think their drumming saves the world. It doesn't.

Monday, September 28, 2009

#349 Scanned Leaf

Quiz question: Which tree did I grab this leaf from?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

#348 Fairground Ride Operator

This is the bored dude who operates the ferris wheel at the Ithaca Apple Fest 2009. The photo is taken yesterday, today it was pouring down rain and he had nothing to do because no one wanted to get wet in a ferris wheel.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

#347 Hilby the Skinny German Juggler

This is Hilby the Skinny German Juggler who performed this weekend at the Apple Fest on the Commons. Judging from his accent he really is German. How he got a work permit for the USA is unknown. Maybe he married an American juggless.

Friday, September 25, 2009

#346 International Park(ing) Day

According to the internets, International Park(ing) Day 2009 was on Sept 18 this year. These Cornell students parked in Collegetown here in Ithaca on Sept 25 though. The Cornell Chronicle reporters seem to have walked past during their lunch break, too.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

#343 The Stadium - again

Taken in Schoellkopf Stadium, find some trivia about the stadium here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

#342 Six Mile Creek Embankment

This is the steep, high and colorful embankment of Six Mile Creek.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

#341 Beginning Autumn Foliage

No text today.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

#340 Cleaning up the pitch

A dude cleaning up Schoellkopf Field after a bunch of kids had football practice. According to Wikipedia the stadium sits 25,597, that is well in excess of the Erzgebirgsstadion where the great FC Erzgebirge Aue plays (now again in the third division of the German soccer leagues).

Friday, September 18, 2009

#339 Fixing the roof at Barton Hall

This is Barton Hall getting a new roof. Some trivia from Wikipedia: For a long time, Barton Hall was the largest unpillared room in existence. The interior of the building covers almost 2 acres (8,100 m2), and includes a 1/8 mile (200m) indoor track.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

#338 Chimney

This chimney peeks out of the trees on the State Street side of Six Mile Creek. This photo is taken from the empty pedestrian bridge. I have no idea what the chimney belongs to but I suspect it's not operating anymore.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

#337 Schoellkopf Benches

Schoellkopf Stadium was sunny and empty, so I took a few photos.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

#336 It's fall/autumn

For an interesting discussion on fall/autumn terminology see this Yahoo Answers discussion. I was surprised to hear that the original English term for fall is in fact fall. "Fall" was in use in England a few centuries ago. The British English language moved away from using "fall" towards "autumn". The Americans stuck with "fall". So much for the accusation that Americans messed up the English language...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

#335 Gold and blue

This door seems quite magical. Would be interesting to see whom you meet when you wlak through.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

#334 Getting autumn

And so its getting grey.. so grey that even 30 strong lights can't lift the spirit.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

#333 New addition

Kiana, very important member of Ithaca with to much fur for that box.
She was found at the Maguire Family of Dealership in Ithaca. Really annoying add on the radio!
Ok but back to Ithaca...

Friday, September 11, 2009

#332 Weill Hall

Weill Hall on Cornell Campus shortly before a thunderstorm (I did get home in time). Weill Hall is a relatively new building. You can read a few lines about it here. Apparently the architect made rules about people not putting chairs into the windows to not ruin the looks of the building from the outside.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

#331 Butter Milk Falls

A natural basin full of Buttermilk.

(This is a picture my friend Owen took while hiking up Buttermilk Falls)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

#330 Maid of the Mist

Completely unrelated to Ithaca this is a picture of two packed boats called "Maid of the Mist" showing illegal immigrants from Canada to the USA and vice versa.

Also note that today your digital alarm clocked showed 9:09:09 on 09/09/09.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

#329 Buttermilk Stirrer

Since this tree rests in Buttermilk Falls, I suppose it is used as a Buttermilk Stirrer occasionally. When I was there it was probably lunch break and no one was stirring.

Monday, September 7, 2009

#328 Karate (or something like that)

These guys where blocking the Buttermilk Falls path while doing some sort of Karate performance. It was pretty entertaining and also somewhat random.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

#327 Tompkins Trust: Your bank statement is waiting

This is from a leafelet that came through the mail from Tompkins Trust, one of our local banks here in Ithaca. In Germany we call something like this a "Steilvorlage". The term comes from soccer and refers to a situation where someone plays you a ball that comes in steep right towards you. Sometimes these Steilvorlages make for good goals. Here is why this one is a Steilvorlage: Tompkins Trust gives me a nice opportunity to tell the world how bad they are. Because my statements and in fact a few of my debit cards might still be waiting for me - somewhere in the "Undeliverable" cabinett of German Postal Service.

I opened an account with Tompkins Trust in Aug 2008 when I arrived here in Ithaca. They claimed that for some legal reason they need my German address is addition to my local address. So I gave it to them. And what did they do? Started sending my cards to my German address. When you are new to a country you need a lot of cash to buy things and for that a debit card is somewhat important. Mine had not arrived for two weeks but Tompkins Trust thought this was normal. After two and a half weeks they re-ordered the card. After five weeks I still had no card from them.

It turned out they send my cards and all correspondence to my German address - just without putting ZIP code or city name on the letter. Due to some miracle on of these letters got through to my parents after many weeks. I tried to report this very inconvenient error to Tompkins Trust but Delevane (the counter chick at the Cornell branch) told me she doesn't care. I subsequently tried to complain about her to her manager who also didn't care. The complaint letter I wrote to the manager of her manager prompted a reply saying they do care. They cared so much that they sent my statements to my Ithaca address for almost a year before switching back to sending them to my German address.

I keep my Tompkins Trust account to be entertained by their continuing goofs. I'll keep you updated on any future goofs of Tompkins Trust.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

#326 I wish you well

Saw that sign in Park Street today. No idea what the story is that goes with it...

Friday, September 4, 2009

#325 Soccer, Football, Baseball, all on one field

It's a little blurry but here's what's happing on the pitch: These people are playing football on a baseball field. To make matters worse, they play European football, i.e. soccer. How can you play soccer on a quarte-circle shaped pitch? I don't know.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

#324 Schoellkopf - again

Well, yeah, it's a crappy picture. But I thought I was super-creative when I was taking it. So here they are again: The Schoellkopf Lights.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#323 The Schoellkopf Lights (again)

I am slightly obsessed with the lights of Schoellkopf Stadium. Maybe it's because I see them everyday on may way to work or maybe its just because they really make for a nice photo opportunity. Either way, after #125 taken last winter, here is a summer nights photo of the Schoellkopf lights.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

#322 Apple Macintoshs grow on Trees!

Here in Tompkins County laptops grow on trees! Grisamore Farms even offer U-Pick Apple Macintoshs.
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