Monday, February 1, 2010

Horn Section

Just a short entry today, while I ponder why someone from China keeps leaving cryptic messages ("Circumstances are the rulers of the weak, instrument of the wise") and links to what appear to be Asian dating services in the comments section of the blog.

Speaking of disappointing messages from Asia, have you noticed that fortune cookies don't contain fortunes anymore?  It's hugely disappointing, after enjoying a fine repast of Mongolian beef or Sweet and Sour pork, to crack open that little cookie and find not a tiny scrap of intrigue ("You will soon take a long trip"; "Avoid men in black caps"; "Beware the Ides of March"), but what amounts to outtakes from one of Paster Joel Osteen's sermons: "If you want the rainbow, you must put up with the rain." "You are talented in many ways." "A good thing to remember is that someone's got it a lot worse than you do!" (That last one is an actual quote from Pastor Joel, so you see what I'm saying.  The man is a walking, talking fortune cookie.)  I say, less inspirational message and more weird predictions!

But I digress.

Today we have an amazing photo, from the amazing Steve Litwin.  This is the Polish Marching Band of North Tonawanda, New York, circa 1912.  The short guy, second from left in the second row, is my great-grandfather, Piotr Litwin.  (There is another P. Litwin in the photo.  That's Peter Litwin.  Piotr married Rosalia Rusin, in 1915.  Peter Litwin married Roaslia's sister, Anna.  So the two horn playing Peter Litwins were brothers-in-law.)

Just a really cool photo for this first day of February...

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