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.