austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Walking in a winter wonderland

So, first, an announcement: I'm looking for D, E, and F topics for the All 2020 A-to-Z on my humor blog. Thanks.

Let me now wrap up pictures from the 2018 Silver Bells in the City parade. This includes the end of the parade and some walking around downtown afterwards, taking in the sights.


The always-popular CATA-pillar bendy-bus float. CATA's the Capital Area Transportation Authority.


Singer and saxophonist leading the group song, here in front of the statue of Austin Blair, Civil War-era governor of Michigan.


And the tree is lit! ... Sad to say there were no fireworks this year, because it would interfere with some construction work somehow.


Looking back down Michigan Avenue away from the capitol; there's other, smaller trees decorated, as are buildings throughout downtown.


Here's the interior of City Hall. The stockings represent each of the city government departments.


bunny_hugger shows off the plaque commemorating City Hall's construction. Ralph W Crego was mayor for about 580 years, and was finally commemorated with a city park that was closed as unsafe due to environmental hazards for years. (It finally opened a couple years ago and is, also, in walking distance.)


Ceiling Nutcracker is watching you Christmas!


Miscellaneous boxes of things piled up on City Hall steps that are roped off and ... why is a trunk labelled as if it were part of the show M*A*S*H? We have no idea.


The City Hall entrance, which shows off the place's 1950s charm. The flags represent sister cities to Lansing: Akuapim, Ghana; Otsu, Japan; Guadalajara and Saltillo, Mexico; and, I think, Cosenza, Italy.


bunny_hugger admires the low-wall planter that's a handsome bit of Modernist styling for the lobby and probably, honestly, a bad idea for accessibile building design. It's got to be very easy for people to trip on that and is probably why it's roped off.


And outside there's The Village, featuring little shops set up for the event. (This was what Silver Bells in the City started out as.) We were there late, as we almost always seem to be, so stuff was wrapping up.


View of the Boji Tower, tallest building in Lansing (and formerly the Olds Tower), with Santa's image projected on it.


Peering out around the corner of The Village to see the Peanut Shop, which is exactly what it promises.


And here we see the State Tree, as viewed from nearer the capitol and looking east. The reviewing stand, being deconstructed, is on the left.


The statue of Austin Blair looks over the State Tree.


The reviewing stand getting taken apart.

Trivia: By January 1943 U-boat attacks on supply convoys had reduced the Royal Navy to only a two-month supply of oil. Source: Why The Allies Won, Richard Overy.

Currently Reading: The Girl on the Boat, P G Wodehouse.

Tags: lansing

Posts from This Journal “lansing” Tag

  • Love so strong

    The city clerk's received my ballot. Glad to have that in, and also glad that the Democrats can save the expense mailing things to me for a couple…

  • Well the truth may need some rearranging

    This morning instead of a recording about there being no trials for September, the jury duty hotline gave me hold music. Really, really awful hold…

  • Moving on

    Had my first day of the jury duty obligation. This meant calling between 9:15 and 9:30 am to find out if they needed me downtown at 10:15 am. The…

  • Keep feeling fascination

    We walked from our house to the zoo, something that took a little longer than I expected, in part because we stopped to watch a freight train going…

  • Just join the circus like you wanted to when you were a kid

    I have a big project for my mathematics blog that I hoped would publish this weekend and who has the time for that? I should get to it tomorrow.…

  • For me this boardwalk life's through

    So you were probably waiting for an update on the housepainting. After a couple rounds I gave up on scraping any more paint down to the bare wood.…

  • For telling fortunes better than they do

    Thank you, my precious bunny_hugger. Over on my mathematics blog I try Using my A to Z Archives: Orthonormal to explain a nice…

  • Did you hear the cops finally busted Madame Marie

    My humor blog this week had fewer pieces meant to be funny, and more meant to be informational, than usual. That'll happen. I think it's still…

  • And Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us

    So, my book. It's doing that thing where the writer tosses in little bits of trivia meant to impress you with the breadth of their knowledge, but…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.