What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Longerish Weekend

Spent most of yesterday here, at the Darwin Traveling Exhibit at the Great Lakes Science Center with Bette, the sister-in-law and a nephew. It was an okay exhibit. The subject matter was handled well, but like other exhibits at the Science Center there were lots of facsimiles instead of actual documents or many of the thousands of specimens Charles Darwin collected. It does place he theories against the backdrop of his time very well and shows the influences that helped him formulate his ideas. And while the museum was well packed, the exhibit wasn't, which was a little disappointing even if it worked out better for us. Not having to toss children and idiots aside and all.

We were just five minutes too late to tour the Mather. We've been on her once before and it was a hoot.

And then we were to go to Little Italy for dinner, but this weekend was the Feast of the Assumption which meant no traffic going through Little Italy this weekend. So instead we treated the nephew to Skyline Chili which he never had.

Today was the Fall Festival Parade (yes, I know it's not the Fall nor is it anylonger called the Fall Festival, but you know what? You get fewer weird looks when you call it the Fall Festival than when you mention the Grand Valley Festival to the locals). It was damn hot. What should have been a good year for the festival I think was dampened by the heat. After the parade I spent a few hours talking with the chiefs, fellow councilmen, friends and constituents. And baked in the sun.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just about every time I went to visit a friend at the University Hospitals, I would make a wrong turn and end up in Little Italy. I have no idea how I did that. But I better figure it out - my son goes to Case on Wednesday and I've promised myself a decent meal and a glass of wine to console myself.

I've never heard of the Mather. We've been to the sub (name escapes me) and seen the Goodtime II (is it still there?) but we'll remember it for next summer.

Cassie

Steve Buchheit said...

Hey Cassie, that would be the USS Cod. Where the Cod is small, the Mather is huge! And it's a window into a mostly by-gone world. The officers' and guest quarters are worth seeing. People used to take cruises on these iron ore barges. Our tour was lead by a former crew member and his love of the ship came through loud and clear. The Goodtimes still cruise the Lake. I think they have two ships that handle different cruises, but both go out of the Flats.

And good luck to your son.