Cowboys and cards
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Today we went up to see an Ansel Adams exhibit at the Booth Western Art Museum and got more for our $10 ($9 with the AAA card) entrance fee.
We joined a tour with a docent that gave us the highlights of this specialized museum. It's pretty new (smells like a new casino) and modern, thanks to a mystery billionaire benefactor our docent wouldn't tell us the name of.
I was pretty amazed at how much I like American art from the Old West. Of course it helps when you spot your card-playing heritage in pieces above and below:
A portion of John Solie's 2007 Steady the Table, Booth Western Art Museum.
I'm pretty fascinated with the history of card games in general, whether it's reading Jim McManus' CardPlayer articles or books or the smallest exhibit, such as the trick cane and old cards displayed in the hallway of the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Miss.
The only oddity about this museum, which calls itself the country's largest museum of Western art (in terms of size and number of pieces), is that it's in the farthest reaches of metro Atlanta. You'd think this would be something you'd come across during the daytime in Las Vegas while waiting for the NL games to open up.
After I came home, I took a nap and finished my Full Tilt Iron Man points for the month, happy to take a break that included looking at the games of yesteryear.