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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 31: Abe Quotes in Strange Places




I was at a bar and happened to spot this in one of the bathrooms. I have no idea how it got there or who would do such a horrible thing as deface a defaced wall with some happiness. Shame! Hahaha.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 30: Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait

Today's Abe comes from my Grandpa!  He sent me a collection of music and on it was an artist named Aaron Copland. On this track called "Lincoln Portrait" he read Lincoln's inaugural address to music. It's quite moving and I like the slideshow that this person put together with the song.

One great thing about my Grandpa is that he shares the same love of history that I do. He surprises me with Lincoln information that even I haven't heard before. He's lucky he lives in Maryland and works in DC. He gets to see all the great historical sites and often walks by Ford's Theater. I guess nerdiness runs in the family!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 29: Lincoln Alley & I




If you look around Reno, you will find signs of Lincoln everywhere.  This is by the skate park in between Virginia and Center.  I've driven by it  a million times and I've been meaning to take a picture with it, but today I had the opportunity.  I have a few friends visiting from Las Vegas and they wanted to see Reno by foot.  We hiked around downtown, following the river until we stumbled upon Lincoln Alley.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 28: Tattoo A Banana

This idea came from a great book called Tattoo a Banana.  What's great about it is that it encourages you to use materials that are always on hand; to make art out of everyday existence.  I love this book and plan to do many more projects from it. Here's my second attempt at tattooing a banana.  My first one turned out horrible, and I don't want to talk about it. This one is much better, but I think with a little more practice my bananas are going to rock.



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 27: Reno's Lincoln Lounge

It seems crazy that there would be a bar in Reno called The Lincoln Lounge, but there it is. And it's not just a name, the bar really is centered around an Abraham decor. It should be my favorite bar, but sadly it's not.  It's in a pretty sketchy area of town I don't like to park in and there's all kinds of bouncers, which I find strange that a bar would need bouncers. It's decorated beautifully though. 


In the back parking lot, they have this great mural of derringer guns, which was the weapon that John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate the president.



There's also this great mural next to the derringers.  I love that it just says "THE MURDERER". John Wilkes, you're a big old jerk.



Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 26: Baberham Lincoln

Besides Bill & Ted and Edward Scissorhands, Wayne's World was the movie I watched the most growing up. Now that I look back on that list, it might explain why I'm such a strange person. This clip is one of my favorites. Wayne is in love with a girl named Cassandra (me), and they are coming up with nicknames for her, one of which is that if she were a president her name would be Baberham Lincoln. Just watching this clip again brought a smile to my face. Classic.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 25: Bill & Ted's Awesome Adventure With Lincoln

As a child, I watched the Bill & Ted movies religiously.  I recently decided to watch them again to see if they held up and to be honest....they really didn't.  There were some classic moments, but I could see why my kid self loved them so much.  This clip is from the original one where they gather key figures in history. Abe Lincoln has some great advice that I always tell my students, "Be excellent to each other." 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 24: Night at the Museum 2 Lincoln

I love the Night at the Museum movies.  Maybe it's just my Peter Pan syndrome acting up again, but I love the idea of a museum coming alive afterhours.  In the second installment of the series, Abraham Lincoln plays a pretty key part in saving the day.  I couldn't find a clip of the amazing speech he gives, but here's a little taste from the trailer. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 23: Louis CK as Abraham Lincoln

If you haven't already seen this clip from Louis CK hosting SNL, you must be living under a rock.  If you don't watch his show on FX a bit of the comedy will be lost on you, but it's great and speaks for itself. Take a gander.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 22: True Stories About Abraham Lincoln

To get one of my students at school interested in reading, I asked her what she was interested in.  Do you know what she told me? THE CIVIL WAR!!! I almost jumped for joy because I have so much material to inundate her with.  I was looking around the classroom for something I could get her started on and stumbled upon this fantastic book. 
It's written by Ruth Belov Gross and details the life of the president from his birth to his death, all in 46 pages.  Each page is a different chapter and they range from the important life altering events to the mundane funny scenarios of every day existence. I highly recommend this book for any young reader looking to learn more about Lincoln.



The illustrations for this book were done by Charles Turzak and they are actually old wood carvings. Every single page was gorgeous. This one was my favorite and it is depicting Lincoln's sadness over all the death and destruction that the Civil War caused. Just the pictures of Abe from his first inauguration to his second tell the story of an incredibly stressed man. 



Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 21: Obama Inauguration With the Lincoln Bible

Today is a special day because it begins the second term of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama.  When a president is sworn in they can choose from any number of documents to take the oath of office.  Theodore Roosevelt swore upon nothing, while John Quincy Adams chose a US law book.  Today is significant for me because Obama used two bibles, one from Abraham Lincoln and one from Martin Luther King.  In this video clip he explains that he decided upon these two bibles because without these men his inauguration wouldn't be possible.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day 20: Springsteen Helps Write the Gettysburg Address

Nick showed me this skit ages ago and it's probably the reason I love him so much.  The bit is from The Ben Stiller Show from scenes he called Legends of Springsteen.  In this clip we see that Abe actually suffered from writer's block while writing the Gettysburg Address and received help from none other than the Boss! Cracks me up, every time.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 19: The Civil War on Drugs

I can't believe that the entire movie "The Civil War on Drugs" is on YouTube, but sure enough it is.  It's a little over an hour and it will tickle your funny bone for sure.  So kill an hour with me and check this out. If you just want to watch the Lincoln part, you can fast forward to the 1:10 mark of the film.  Keep in mind, the two guys talking to the President think they've been fighting the Civil War to keep marijuana legal. That's what makes their journey and story hilarious. Lincoln it turns out is a big supporter of personal freedoms and that includes the option of smoking the weed stuff.



Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 18: Sic Semper Tyrannis

It's The Whitest Kids You Know doing it again with a sketch called "Sic Semper Tyrannis" which is the phrase that John Wilkes Booth yelled after he assassinated Lincoln. It's a latin phrase that basically means "thus always to tyrants."
In this bit, John Wilkes Booth repeatedly annoys Lincoln by hitting Lincoln in the head with an orange and saying Sic Semper Tyrannis every time he does it.  It's pretty great and has an awesome ending.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 17: Abe Choking on a Bald Eagle

The Whitest Kids You Know do it again with this sketch, "Secrets of The Pyramids." I really think this sketch can speak for itself; it's hilarious. It's not appropriate for children. I think these guys must love Lincoln because he appears pretty often. I'm a big fan of these guys. They made this "movie" called The Civil War on Drugs and Lincoln's character is the best version of Lincoln I can imagine. I'll see if I can find it and post it on here. Anyway, here is the Secrets of The Pyramids. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 16: What Really Happened to Abe Lincoln

This sketch was shown to me by my friend Patty, a really long time ago....maybe five years ago?  Anyway this bit done by the comedy group The Whitest Kids You Know is called "What Really Happened to Abe Lincoln."
I have seen this sketch hundreds of times, and it still brings me to a place where I almost pee my pants laughing. It's brilliant.  Here's the sketch, but be warned, it's the uncensored version. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 15: Abe Lincoln for Class President


This was the last book in the stack that the teacher gave me to check out.  I don't even know what to say about this book.  For me, it was horrible and I would rather have had a root canal.  However, if the trash reading a kid does is a book like this, I would have no objection to it. It's just not one of those rare books that adults and children love because it transcends the barrier.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 14: Abe Lincoln's Hat

This was another book that I was given from a coworker.  This book is called Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner and illustrated by Donald Cook.  This book is a beginning reader's book. Actually, even though it's for a young audience, this book is great. When my fellow teacher handed it to me I said, "Oh that's cool that they are mentioning that Lincoln did carry letters and notes in his hat," and the teacher told me that that was consistently the fact that kids most remembered and liked about President Lincoln. That cracks me up. 

My favorite part of this book is the part where they are talking about the President's Inauguration.  Lincoln couldn't find a place to set down his hat and Stephen Douglas (the guy who lost to Lincoln) steps forward and says, "If I can't be President, I can at least hold his hat." Hahahaha! Love it! 



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 13: A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln

I know a bunch of people who hate on their jobs.  I'm not one of those people anymore!  I love working at the school. One reason why, I just mentioned to a fellow teacher, is my weird obsession with our 16th President. The next time I see her she has all the Lincoln books from her classroom in her arms. How sweet is that???

One of the books she lent to me was called A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David Adler.  It was a pretty straight forward kid's book on the life and presidency of Lincoln.  There wasn't really anything that stuck out to me in this book as extra memorable though.


There was this bit about the Gettysburg Address that I did like.  The illustrations were pretty good. 


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 12: Abe App


There are so many Abraham Lincoln related apps, I love the world I live in.  This app is for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum located in Springfield, Illinois. I have never been to this museum, but my family has and they said that it was one of the best Lincoln museums that they had ever been to.  I'm willing to bet it had something to do with the fact that this place has a holographic Lincoln.  It doesn't get much cooler than that.  Anyway, back to this app, it's great.  It has Abraham Lincoln facts of the days, quizzes to try (I aced them all, don't you worry) and even a tour of the museum in pictures.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Day 11: X-Men: First Class Abe





It wasn't until rather recently that I gave the whole super hero genre a shot.  Now, I'm a huge fan of the X-Men series of movies.  The best in my opinion is the prequel X Men: First Class. 
In this scene, we see a young Professor X and Magneto playing chess on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial.  I don't think words could describe the nerdy pleasure I received from this. Abraham Lincoln overseeing the events dealing with the equality of mutants and humans.  Le sigh.
 I love that Professor X and Magneto play chess with each other no matter how weird things get with their friendship.  Just the thought that their younger selves would do this, is brilliant. It doesn't hurt that the gorgeous Michael Fassbender is playing Magneto either.  If you haven't seen this movie yet, you're missing out.  Here's a clip of the trailer. 



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10: Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?



Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner? is an episode from Season 2 of the Venture Brothers. Anyone who has spent any nerdy hours on a couch with me watching pointless cartoons and endless hours of Jeopardy knows how much I love this show. So many episodes seem to be written directly to me, especially this one.
In this episode, the Ventures are at the White House where there is word that there will be an attempted assassination on the President. Who may you ask is the patron saint of assassinated presidents? Yeah, my boy Abraham Lincoln.  He borrows one of the boy's bodies so that he can help thwart the event. Here's a clip from the show.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 9: Foxy Abe

Today was one of the last days my friend Garett was in town before returning to his fancy graduate school. He's getting his degree in jazz piano; he's easily the most brilliant musician I know.

One of his favorite hang outs in Reno is a bar called The Foxy Olive. They make a killer Bloody Mary. I suggest if you are ever in the area to stop by and indulge.

I had heard rumor that there were Abraham Lincoln paintings in the boys bathroom. I asked Garett, he waited until it was empty, and then he kindly escorted me into the forbidden territory.

All the stories were true! Here is a picture of Garett in front of all the Foxy Abes.







Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 8: My Abe With Marilyn


Today's Abe comes as a recommendation from my friend Larissa.  She has been raving about the movie My Week with Marilyn ever since she saw it. It also just happens to have an interesting Abraham Lincoln connection as well.

First, the movie was great.  I had been dubious about seeing it because I wasn't sure how the film makers were going to go about portraying Marilyn. The picture, set in a small span of time, tells the brief story of her filming The Prince and the Showgirl with Lawrence Oliver. At the time, she is a newly wed with playwright Arthur Miller.  It becomes increasingly clear that even though they have been married only 3 weeks, the marriage is doomed.  She finds a kindred spirit on the cast though, a boy working as a third director, or gopher, as he refers to himself.  The two develop a friendship, with it being heavily romantic on his end, and a desire for validation and confidence for Marilyn.

In one scene, the boy has come to Marilyn's house because she's locked herself in her room.  He climbs through the window and Marilyn, in a very inebriated state, asks him to sit down with her on the bed.  He sits beside her while she tells him that the photo of the woman on her nightstand is her mother, right before she was committed to an asylum. Also on her nightstand is another picture. He asks her, "Is that a picture of Abraham Lincoln?" to which she replies, "That's my Dad. I don't know who my real Dad was so it might as well be him."
I was also able to find this picture from the history archives and it just warms my little Abe heart. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 7: Introverted Lincoln


It was pretty interesting how I came across viewing this video.  I was visiting with my friend Cody in Las Vegas and he asked me if I had ever heard of Ted Talks on the internet.  I hadn't, so he preceded to catch me up on all that I was missing.

One in particular caught my eye.  It was a woman named Susan Cain, her lecture being on the Power of Introverts.  I was very interested because earlier that evening, I had ordered her new book Quiet. Her speech made me feel fantastic. No longer was I to feel guilty about my natural tendencies and try to force myself into an extroverted world.  This lady was just like me and she completely understood and celebrated all the quirks of the introvert.  I'm very excited to read her book.

This video appears on today's Abe-A-Day, not just because it's an awesome video, but because around 11:55 she mentions our boy and outs him as a famous introvert.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 6: Lincoln the Auteur





Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan is in its entirety a mouthful. The book takes the perspective of Lincoln as an avid reader, poet, and orator. This biography is certainly unique in respect to other pieces on our 16th president as it points out that he was the last leader of the free world to write his own speeches and motivational words. 
Today's Abe-A-Day, I will begin reading this book.  I hope to have it done by next week.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 5: Lincoln's Logs





Ok, this Christmas gift from my mom was pretty hilarious. Everyone knows about "Lincoln Logs", right? Well, she discovered Abe Lincoln's Log Lavatory Mist. Had a smelly poo? Spray Lincoln's famous lavatory mist! It tackles all odors, no matter how intense.  The best part about it is that it really works and smells awesome! 


You can find this clever concoction and other bizarre souvenirs at Bonanza: The World's Largest Gift Shop located in Las Vegas, NV. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day 4: Ya, It's Like That





I received this t-shirt from Nick's sister, Mandy, for Christmas. I'm sure her husband Ryan, whose a Civil War buff, helped pick it out. We already know Abe and I have a special re pore with one another...I guess I needed a tee to let everyone else know of the arrangement.

You can find this bad ass print and other custom goodies at Cafe Press 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day 3: The Little Abe Who Could





Nick got me this stuffed Abe for X-mas. He's wise and small, just like Yoda. He's also picked up a few friends...


...its a regular meeting of the minds. Nick has had his Kermit since he was seven and E,T, and   I have been together since I was two.  I know Abe will fit right in with the fellas. 

You can find this Abe and other unique gifts at The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Day 1: Young Mr. Lincoln



The revised mission statement of this blog has taken on a new theme. Instead of an original Abe-a-day for the entire year, Abe unique projects, Abe related materials, and interesting Abe tidbits will be posted throughout 2013. The site will be more Abefied than ever before!



Check out the young, delectable Henry Fonda as our dear Abe; along with the Hollywood-esque version of Mary Todd (no offense, but she wasn't exactly Ava Gardner), played by Alice Brady.  





And some more images throughout the film...which tells the tale of a young Mr. Lincoln as an amateur lawyer attempting to defend 2 brothers wrongfully charged with murder. 




Is it just me or did Henry Fonda really play the part?