A busy day of checking off landmarks and attractions for the academic set here in A-town. We started the day with breakfast at the Garden Cafe in 2200 Fuller Court, then headed to Bentley Historical Library. We weren't sure how to proceed, but the folks there set us up and we browsed MIRLYN and found some interesting stuff, which we wrote out call slips for and soon got to look through: maps of proposals for spanning the Straits of Mackinaw, historical photos of the Michigan houses on the underground railroad, maps of the iron ore distribution from Lake Superior from 1909 to 1951, and special editions of the Daily Press from 1936 and 1964 highlighting the area's progress. All very fascinating stuff.
From Bentley, we headed to Yost for noon skate - fun as always - and then up to Central Campus to spend the rest of the day. We had lunch at Teriyaki Grill (nothing special but a good bargain) before heading up to the 8th floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library to the Map Library. Mom found some interesting stuff, but there wasn't a great search mechanism available and I found it harder to use than Bentley. Nonetheless, it was a pretty awesome display of free resources available for the taking (and coming soon, the Googling).
In need of some coffee and a break, we hit Starbucks and a few downtown shops before cruising down State to the Museum of Art. It wasn't that thrilling to either of us, but I found myself pretty bummed that I didn't make it in to see Georgia O'Keefe's exhibition earlier in the fall. There was studying on the docket, so we got the truck, picked up some groceries, made panini and salad and had a slice of key lime pie at home and now I'm at NAME, studying for tomorrow's IOE 441 final. Crazy. Crazy.
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