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Once you pass its borders

Let me get back to things. Pictures that would've run the last two days if life had gone better. Storybook Land and some of the stuff to see and eat at, and one of its oldest attractions, something we didn't appreciate when we visited.

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Pinnochio, beside a water fountain, which is an arrangement that makes sense? I don't know. We have to put stuff somewhere.


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Inside the Gingerbread House Snack Bar, looking out. Most of the framed pictures are magazine or newspaper articles about the park. One of them is about the derecho that hit the 1st of July, 2012 --- exactly five years before our visit --- and that gave us such a weird sense of time-binding. I mean, how often do you hear about something eventful in one place while knowing quite well where you were and what you were doing for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with it?


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I promised you more repurposed fast-food statues and here he is: A [Bob's?] Big Boy. I assume Bob's because that's just the Big Boy franchise owner I always assumed was there all the time.


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One of Storybook Land's original attractions, the Lil Red Schoolhouse. Mary went to school there. Note her lamb off on the right.


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Mary's Lamb is interested in getting attention from bunny_hugger. Also while we visited the lamb picked up its food dish and walked most of the outside of the enclosure, banging the dish against the iron bars, like it was in a prison movie.


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Anti-forest-fire propaganda poster inside the Lil Red Schoolhouse. It's got a pretty large bunny count, considering.


Also: Reading the Comics, July 21, 2018: Infinite Hotels Edition.

Trivia: John Couch Adams, who had calculated a projected position for the trans-Uranian planet, was able to visit Astronomer Royal George Biddell Airy twice on the 21st of October, 1845. The first time Airy was out. The second time Airy was in, but at dinner, and his butler had not communicated that Adams would be calling again. Source: In Search of Planet Vulcan: The Ghost in Newton's Clockwork Universe, Richard Baum, William Sheehan.

Currently Reading: Spacesuit: A History Through Fact and Fiction, Brett Gooden.

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