Yesterday was wonderful. My being sang. 🙂 Shall I be chronological?
The conservatory filled me with memories: “Those who dwell…among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~ Rachel Carson. Among the biomes were a pair of blue and gold macaws and some lories. We tasted some fine old Chocolate, and learned quite a bit about the cultivation of cacao (40% produced in South Africa) and production of chocolate. Hershey’s Kisses have been around since 1906! Tootsie Rolls were the first chocolate-type candy, 1896 (if I remember correctly). We watched electric trains circle the outside courtyard, admired a bizillion plants (I’m bad with names but one that stuck is the African Mask), and took in some art. Joyce Tenneson has some amazing photographs of flowers, doctored to appear suspended in black, velvety space. She’s an author as well.

After the Conservatory we made a quick stop in the North Market then came back to hang out and chill. I’m reading The Sands of Time. When the BM gave it to me last year she said it was about the mystery of cats. I’m enjoying it. 🙂
We intended to see Harry Potter but it was sold out, instead we watched Memoirs of a Geisha. I enjoyed it alright, but it’s overcrafted. It’s effective in drawing one into the bleak competition of a life that seems enviable and carries heavy emotional costs. But then, I wonder, what life doesn’t? :-/
Afterwards, we checked out Blazer’s Pub for a taste of a classic lesbian bar. Had a nice chat with Blazer herself, met Earl (who fished the cue ball out for us once), and suffered (!) two games of pool. Ila said she knew the rules. sigh Not that I’ve got any kind of consistency to make the rules matter so much. 😉 We then ducked into the Ugly Tuna Saloona for late night french fries because how could I know about such a funky-named place and not check it out?! I kept a couple of the logo-printed plastic cups as souvenirs.
Soon – Indianapolis. Just a short drive today.

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