July 19, 2007

Thursday in Milwaukee.

If you're wondering about the minimal blogging today... I was in Milwaukee, watching my nephew Cliff Kresge at the U.S. Bank Championship. You may not care about golf, and if you do, you may be focused on the British Open this week, but there is another PGA tournament, and it's here in Wisconsin. My nephew is currently tied for 11th place, so pay attention.

Anyway, that's what I was up to. They don't let you bring in cameras, so I can't show you any pictures of that, but after Cliff finished, my sister and I drove downtown and took in the museum.

Here I am with a torso:

Milwaukee Art Museum

After my sister took this picture, some guy said to us "Shame on you." What the hell? There's some idea, apparently -- here in the midwest? -- that a naked male torso is supposed to be endured with sullen solemnity or something.

And here's my cool older sister, Dell...

Milwaukee Art Museum

... on the front side of said torso.

And here's the art museum devoid of Althouse sisters:

Milwaukee Art Museum

38 comments:

Beth said...

He actually said this to you? In the museum? What was he doing there looking at nekkid men?

Beth said...

Your sister does look cool.

Hoosier Daddy said...

You know when I posed for that I wondered where that sculpture would end up.

:-)

Meade said...

Was it that man in the background of the second photo? And HE, while wearing those short pants and white socks, said shame on YOU? Puh!

Cute sister. Good luck to your nephew.

Cedarford said...

Althouse sisters - 30 years late - you go girls!

As for no photos of nephew as he plays..WTF? We were allowed cameras at Greater Hartford Open (no flash). Got Tiger shots as he sunk a huge putt on 15, him coming over and telling the gallery that he wanted and needed that hole so much he almost threw up..

And he looks far more Asian than black up close.

reader_iam said...

I always wanted a sister (even though as a kid I absolutely adored my younger brother from day one), something I always talked about wishing as a kid until...

my son (an only) one day, in obvious distress and longing, said he'd take any sibling at all.

Which I can't give him.

So.





(it goes)

Internet Ronin said...

Best of luck to Cliff. Enjoy the time with your sister.

Mark Daniels said...

Ann:
That's exciting about your nephew, Cliff!

I'm not sure how much you can extrapolate about an idea being extant among a pool of Midwesterners based on the comment of one stray kook in a Milwaukee art museum.

Hoosier:
When I saw the backside of the torso with which Ann posed, I thought it was me.

But then when I saw the front view, before which Dell was pictured, I realized that it couldn't be...











No middle age spread.

Mark Daniels

amba said...

I feel like saying that picture should be called "Buns 'n' Boobs," but then I would be in the peculiar position of sounding like . . . a troll! Just a poor inner censor, I guess.

Revenant said...

You've got a good-looking family, I have to say.

AJD said...

"Shame on you."

Could have been a statement about fashion, Annie. I'll just leave it at that, clueless.

ricpic said...

Looks to me as though that torso is in the "man scratching his ass" pose (the hand has to be imagined) and you've got something to be ashamed about?

amba said...

For the record, it is a very beautiful torso.

Pogo said...

I think the "shame on you" was directed at the torso for not wearing a fig leaf, or even shorts. Something.
Please; no one wants to see your business, mister.

Oh, sorry ladies. Didn't see you standing there. This torso guy giving you trouble? Want me to call the cops?

birdie bob said...

For future reference, the policy of the USGA and the PGA Tour is that cameras are allowed during practice rounds but are banned once the tournament starts.

MadisonMan said...

Is the golf tourney the one formerly called the GMO? I hope your nephew does well!

Pogo said...

"Here I am with a torso:"

This is a difficult phrase to work into normal conversations, I think.

'Cept mebbe at Joliet or somesuch.

hdhouse said...

Looked up Cliff's stats and 16/20 cuts this year is very impressive. Back to back 67s aren't bad either. Wish him well!

hdhouse said...

and I was going to ask who the statues were standing near the babes but I'll refrain.

Bissage said...

(1) That “shame on you” guy sounds kind of familiar. I’ll bet he’s the same sort of humorless snob who could read a blog post (about a newspaper captioning “The Creation of Adam” with the insinuation that God is gay) and then complain all haughty that the comment thread is insufficiently reverential. You know, the same sort of critic who should have his genitals bitten by a snake.

(2) Torso spelled backwards is osrot.

(3) Buns of stone spelled backwards is enots fo snub.

(4) We all have our weird little quirks. One of mine is that, whenever I see sculpture body parts on display like that, I like to fill in the missing parts, in proportion to the height of display, and then imagine the resulting grotesquerie walking about the room. How’s that for a happening good time? Ha!

(5) FORE!!!

Ann Althouse said...

MM: Yes, this used to be called the Greater Milwaukee Open (GMO). It's at the Brown Deer Golf Club.

Cedarford: There were definitely no cameras. Last time I attended a PGA tournament, my bag was searched, and I would have had to hike back to my car if they'd found contraband. The guy showing me where to park made a point of saying that phones had to be left in the car, and I asked about cameras. It was clear: no cameras. And no one had a camera, except press photographers. Very obvious.

Mark: Good point about the relative rippedness of the front and back of the torso!

Mike said...

Maybe that guy was trying to pick you up.

Fritz said...

Ann,
You are only 3 miles from where I grew up, River Hills WI. From Brown Deer Park, take Good Hope Road east to Pheasant Lane; left (north) just before I-43, drive past Calumet Road, then half mile left into a culdesac off Pheasant Lane; 7855. The French Chateau mansion on the right is the house my father built in 1965. The brick is from the last boxcars of Colonial Williamsburg restoration. You love art, this estate is worth a look.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Cheap shot to call Dell your cool older sister. You have no other sisters and I think you just gave her a cheap zing. Or was that really a compliment in disguise....she's so youthful looking that I have to inform you all that she's actually older than me?

Your regular readers know Dell from this picture. And this older one.

Hazy Dave said...

Was that the complete quote? I imagine it continuing:

"Shame on you. A Law Professor!"

Suck on a pickle, gramps.

Anthony Calabrese said...

My wife and I visited Milwaukee a few months ago. The outside of the art museum is stunning, our 3 year old son (after we left the Children's museum) made us promise to go there.

One problem though. Because the outside of the museum is shapped like a boat, he though it was a "boat museum." So we spent most of our time showing him paintings of boats.

stoqboy said...

I saw that picture and I thought "well-sculpted!" Shame on me, I guess.

Richard said...

Maybe the guy who said "Shame on you" thinks there is a policy against photographing museum displays, and he was thinking in terms of copyright or artist's rights when he said "shame on you" (for taking photos in a place that isn't supposed to have cameras)

I don't know if there is such a policy at that museum, but it's possible the commenter thought there was...

Ann Althouse said...

No. Photography is allowed.

Wurly said...
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s_m_k said...

Remember - All men have six-pack, some just keep theirs "under wraps

AlphaLiberal said...

Looks like Dell is showing some cleavage. Hope you lectured the hussy.

EDH said...
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EDH said...

Something about that rear torso image reminded me of that Dennis Miller riff on Frat Boys who are required, as part of their hazing ritual, to pick up "bing cherries" using their butt cheeks.

chickenlittle said...

You are Pelosi. Dell is Hillary

Michael said...

The photography policy at the art museum is that cameras are OK, but no tripods.

And that tournament is in Brown Deer Park, a public county park. The golf course is public as well. Before the course became famous, I used to be able to play nine holes there for about $10.

BTW, I live in Brown Deer.

Mike said...

So, um, that's a "torso" there to the right of your face?

In that case I've been sitting on my torso all day.

George said...

When I read about the 'shame on you' comment, I couldn't help but think, 'crack my ass!'-