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And we'll talk about the way love used to be

I'll close off the last of my Ann Arbor/Peaceable Kingdom photos right after reviewing what went on my humor blog or on your RSS reader the past week. It was this:

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Scattered across the University of Michigan campus were small clusters of blue and yellow folding chairs. The signs explained it was some kind of art installation. The chairs were tied together so it would be a pain for someone to just take the chance to grab a free uncomfortable chair in U of M colors.


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A thing that wasn't in Ann Arbor anymore even when I took its picture. This shop, Middle Earth, had been in town since the 70s, and had migrated from being a head shop to being a place with every kind of quirkily interesting greeting cards and candles and housewares and whatever other stuff you might ever imagine. The shop closed in 2014, as the owners wanted to retire and selling the place was too much hassle somehow. Yet here, early 2017, it was still there frozen in its last-day-of-being state.


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Stairway into Pinball Pete's Ann Arbor, where we first heard about the Lansing Pinball League. Indeed, I think that center poster might be the one that first told bunny_hugger there was a pinball league in Lansing, that we caught on to barely a month after it started.


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Nickels Arcade, flanked by the Van Boven clothier's that goes back a while and I'm sorry the street light obscures its stylish old-fashioned sign there. Has a couple cute little shops that are always closed too early in the day.


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Night shot of the State Theatre making the case for why the place needed renovations. It's since reopened and looks great.


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And the more old-fashioned, subdued nature of the Michigan Theater sign; it was renovated to a 40s-style signage ... before I moved to the state, anyway.


Trivia: The space shuttle Columbia's launch for STS-94 (the reflight of STS-83) was at the last moment advanced 47 minutes, to avoid expected thunderstorms. Clouds and rain forced the flight to launch 12 minutes late. Source: Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System: The First 100 Missions, Dennis R Jenkins.

Currently Reading: Carousel and Automatic Music News, November/December 2017. Editor Rosanna Harris. The other of the magazines I bought at the Merry-Go-Round Museum

PS: Reading the Comics, January 27, 2018: Working Through The Week Edition, closing out last week's mathematics comics in time for this week's to start.

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