Hi,

OK Myra, you embarrassed me into dealing with the crystal chandelier in the dining room.  I replaced the burnt out bulb when I saw your comments. I’ve been reluctant to fix the  two unlit bulbs, because I thought I had to rewire the whole chandelier.   I’ve already done that with three others and this chandelier is the biggest, it’s Waterford crystal (the individual crystals have a W stamped on them) and the center piece over my breakfast table.  I didn’t want to get in the middle of fixing it, run into some problem and have to stop leaving my dining room unlit.   So today, I took one of the two that wouldn’t work apart and took the section you screw the bulb into out to Lighting by Eric in Mt Lebanon.  Lighting by Eric has some pretty exotic lighting fixtures, as well as some fairly generic offerings and furnishings.  But hugely, they have Moe.  Moe is their light repair person, he is a wealth of information, expertise and parts.  As soon as Moe looked at what I was holding, he said “That’s European, you just need an adapter”.  European bulbs are metric and so our bulbs don’t fit (Waterford Crystal‘s British).  So I bought four adapters (two for back up) and for the first time since I’ve owned it, all the bulbs are working.  Thanx Myra and good luck Saturday.

I’m a corporate sponsor for the Carnegies (small fish in a big pond), that’s how I get the discounted tickets.  As a corporate sponsor, I also get their quarterly magazine.  I haven’t seen the new dinosaur exhibit that’s just opened, but have been hearing rave reviews (both in the newspaper and my guests that have been there).  What I didn’t realize was that they took a courtyard and enclosed it for the new exhibit.  That should add some architectural interest to the exhibit and the reason I’m even commenting on it is it’s silver LEED certified.  Way to go Carnegies.  Apparently the Sports Works down at the Carnegie Science Center also has an LEED certification and that is the new standard for the Carnegies.

It’s amazing what the Carnegies own.  What you see when you visit the museums is just a fraction of their collections.  Everything you see is just a tiny fraction of other objects just like it they have in storage. Academicians from all over the world come here for research.   From art to fossils to jewelry and clothing.  They’ve pulled out a bunch of stuff on birds and have an exhibit that’s just opened where you pair yourself to a bird.  It’s one of those A vs B personality traits comparisons.  Some people are aggressive raptors and some are meek sparrows.  Must of us fall in between somewhere.  They’ve made this some what permanent in that they can package it up and move it to new locations.

The Warhol has a new exhibit that looks kind of interesting, if not a bit bizarre.  It’s called Ordinary Madness and it’s a whole slew of things from a drain, a stack of broken glass, targets, etc.  It was put together by Dan Byers, Carnegie’s associate curator of contemporary art.  He wants visitors to embrace and enjoy the unease that contemporary art can inspire.  Barry Paris, a long time PGH Post Gazette film critic is assembling an exhibition on Marilyn Monroe that starts the end of October.  Paris has done acclaimed biographies on Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Louise Brooks.

The Science Center’s new movie in the Imax theater will be based on photos taken by the Hubble  Telescope.    The pictures that have in the Fall Carnegie Magazine are pretty incredible.  It’s amazing what’s out there in our universe.

I see my last guests are pulling into the parking lot, so I have to run.  We’ll chat  soon again,

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