Quack troops invade capital

DSCN4870_2A friend and I drove through the swath of redevelopment land where Route 195 used to be. We wanted to view the new street infrastructure. We were yukking it up over the “art” when we had to stop to review the troops. They were crossing the road. Geese from Canada. At least they’re called Canada geese. Hundreds of them. We waited until they had reached their objective and then drove on. I took the picture above under duress – my camera was not cooperating. Its autofocus is haywire and the first shot was dead white. I spun the f/stop gear and the next shot was dead on, except off kilter a bit, so I shot again and got “Out of Memory.” Seems I’d reached the end of my rope, or my camera’s, which was at 4,870 shots. The shot above, snapped after wrestling for a couple of minutes with my camera, caught the last squad of quack troops. Okay, I guess the joke phrase is usually applied to ducks – geese don’t quack, they honk, right? So we had coffee. (Me and my friend, not me and the geese.) He dropped me off home and I returned to The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett, which I’m reading.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Quack troops invade capital

  1. Michael Tyrrell says:

    Haha!… Yeah, David. : )


  2. Stephen ORourke says:

    “Me and my friend?” Is that grammatically correct? Glad to hear you liked the “art!” It really defaces the property.

    Sent from my iPad



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