Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 12, part 2


Foot bridge over the railroad tracks between Union Station and a big parking lot.  I'm told there are restaurants over there, too, but I did not explore over there.  It was cold, and this bridge is not enclosed, so I looked but did not cross.

Looking down.... There's a science center for kids at Union Station.  We visited it many years ago when my daughter was kid.  Not sure why the sign is on the ground.  Maybe they're going to put it back up?  Or maybe this is a new sign?  It looks like it's in good condition.

There were a bunch of young people in this dark space between the inside of Union Station and the foot bridge.  They were taking pics of this young dancer.  He was doing some things I could never have done, even at his age..........

I hadn't had any lunch, so I stopped in Spin, which is next to the food court at Crown Center.  This shot is from my table, looking out while I waited for my order.

This is about 12" diameter of hot-out-of-the-oven flat bread, with three different spreads (white bean hummus, roasted red pepper, lemon ricotta).  Tasty, and, because it was happy hour, just over $3.

The view out our hotel window that evening.

Lots of buildings with significant light shows going on.  This rectangular building's lights kept changing in patterns.....


Tuesday, March 28, 2017



Warmer and drier than March 11.

I think these are the same redbud flowers we looked at on the 11th.

Ceiling in Union Station.

There was an exhibit on Pompeii at Union Station.  Sections of mosaics.  These tiles are no more than 1/2" square, if I remember correctly.

If I remember correctly, this deer was nearly 18" tall. I think this is the biggest metal decorative object from ancient times that I have ever seen. And it's in the best condition of any non-gold ancient metal object I've ever seen.

Ceramic cups.  These are the size of coffee mugs you might have in your cupboard, but they never held coffee.....

Looking at the different textures.

Here's something else I'd never seen before -- a sieve.  Also -- note part of a frying pan at left.  I'd never seen an ancient frying pan, either.  One of the other visitors to the exhibit was speculating as to whether the types of metal available to the Romans would have made a decent frying pan.  This is something that wouldn't have occurred to me, and I wonder what the answer is......

Closeup of sieve -- decorative hole patterns.

There were several pieces of gold jewelry.  Bracelet, with earrings in back.

Woven (knitted?) gold necklace, and I believe those are earrings at bottom right.

Closeup of the necklace.  CB, do you think this is the same technique by which your necklace was made?

I think the tallest of these glass jugs was about 8".

Pompeii was a place where many of the rich (really rich) and famous had vacation homes.  Their houses were elaborately decorated and furnished.  Their walls were painted. 

Closer crop of the upper right corner of the above.

Greek statues were very idealized.  Intended to represent an ideal, rather than an actual person.  Roman statues were more likely to reflect a real person's looks and demeanor.  Not that they know who this one is..........

I always like to see things I've never seen before.  I was boggled by the deer, and interested by the sieves and the frying pan which can just be seen at the left of the first sieve pic.

Some of the things we were told in the identifying info did not agree with what I heard in the MOOC I took on Roman architecture.  It seemed to me this exhibit implied that there were kitchens in most houses, when, in fact, kitchens were rare.  I was told in the class that people probably ate out (or got take-out), rather than cooking at home.   I have seen photos of the remains of multiple restaurants.  The food was ready, and people would walk in and get a bowl of soup or a plate of cooked food.   We were told in class that there were few kitchens in houses, and fewer bathrooms.  The Romans went to public baths.  In part, no doubt, because the public baths were very social.  You'd meet your friends, and spend time together at the baths.....

I am glad to have seen the exhibit.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mr. Rogers


Mr. Rogers, on the importance of healthy-for-children programs on tv.


March 11, part 3


Library.  It used to be a bank.  Fancy door.

There was an exhibit of art by Warren Rosser.    This is a detail of Default #1.

This is most of Sentinel #1.

Detail of the above.  The info card said this is a monoprint.  I thought it looked like a woven textile.....

There's a deck and garden on the top floor.

I think these are the same sort of umbrellas we saw in the last post.

The entrance to the kids' section of the library is excellent.  Curvy "pages", and "books"....  Note stairs, at right.

Turning a bit to the right of the previous shot.  The staircase into the kids' section.

Spotted just to the right of the above.  Cute.

Large piece of wooden furniture, with the Bard at the top.

Looking out the library windows at more snow on light fixtures.

Having left the library, we are headed back to main street.  Bradford pear flowers, with snow.

Basketball fans, walking toward the games they want to see.

Back in the room.  It was getting a bit warmer, and the snow on the parking structure was melting.  I suspect the melted circles were over lights, but don't know if that's true.

Rather nice sunset seen from a gerbil tube.  This does not do it credit.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 11, part 2


Here's what one of those hundreds of card tables looks like, when it's about to support play.

Art in the Westin.  I tried to capture the artist's name, but failed.

Detail.  Love those curly lines and their dots.

Plants near the waterfall in the Westin.

Walking through the gerbil tubes, on my way to catch the street car by Union Station.

Union Staion.

Closer crop of the right edge of the above -- you can see the gerbil tubes go all the way to Union Station.

Redbud, seen from the gerbil tube.

Another shot from the gerbil tube.

And another.  Snow-covered umbrellas, tables, chairs.....

I think I mentioned before that the street car is a good way to move north or south toward Sprint Center where basketball is played.  Now I'm sitting on the street car, taking a pic through the window.

I took the street car all the way to the north end, in the market area.  It was Saturday, so the farmers' market was supposedly open.  I saw honey and jam, but no produce at all.  A contrast to the Ann Arbor market which has lots of apples and root vegetables and greens, at present (in addition to honey and jam and meat and fish and cheese and art work).

I got back on the street car, and rode south to the library.