Monday, January 14, 2013

Warm Mid-January

Since the weather was rather temperate this weekend (thank you global warming) I did some hiking in and around Central Park.

I had to take a photo of this new establishment in my friend Val's neighborhood - the Fifty Shades of Pain personal trainer outlet. And as someone who has used personal trainers I can testify that fifty isn't even close to the ultimate number of shades of pain a personal trainer will give you. More like five hundred. But they wanted to be clever and reference the best-selling book.

Here is the fascinating facade of the Joan of Arc High School. This is the first school I've ever seen named of the Maid of Orleans, which seems bizarre - she's one of the most famous Catholic saints by far, depicted in art many times - albeit as a bad guy by Shakespeare - so you'd think she'd get more love from schools. I went to Saint Cecilia's grammar school and there are plenty of other schools named after Saint Cecilia - and she did not kick ass - she's just the patroness of musicians.

If you click on the photo you can see a closeup of the fancy stone work.

And finally here is the Swedish Cottage in Central Park, taken from  Shakespeare's garden. The Park sure looks different in the winter.