austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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But it's a futile act

Keeping at my two-a-week pace on the mathematics blog. How's that looking for me? Recent posts include:

Meantime in cartoon-watching, here's 60s Popeye: Model Muddle, featuring one model, who's not confused about it. It's not bad exactly but the biggest thrills are irony-tinged.

Now let's enjoy some more of the drive through Crossroads Village, December 2020.

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A horse-drawn carriage figure and what's that in the background?


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It's their fixture representing the Genesee Belle, their steamboat. This is one of the figures we normally only see on the train ride.


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You can infer the locations of the trees from their illumination here.


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Rainbow and trees here. I think this is another fixture we normally only see from the train ride.


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Couple of large snowflakes. Check out my side mirror, too, showing stuff.


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And here's their C W Parker Carousel building! The only carousel that bunny_hugger and I would see together in person for 2020.


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As close as we got to the carousel, too. So what do you think; are the horses decorated with the blankets that look all seasonal and protect them from mud and snow being tracked in?


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What do you think now? The best view of the carousel that I got.


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A last look at the carousel and at the arch that's always good framing for a view of the building. When my side mirror's not in the way.


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Looking from outside the carousel to the edge of town. Beyond here is a bunch of space that's reserved for the park but not normally public.


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Polar bear enjoying the weather.


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And a covered wagon, another of the train-ride fixtures.


Trivia: In 1825 Loammi Baldwin identified a spot where a five-mile-long tunnel could be bored through the Hoosac Mountains near North Adams, Massachusetts, which would greatly improve travel between Albany and Boston. He estimated the cost at no more than a million dollars. This was too much for Massachusetts to bear. Source: Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America, Henry Petroski. (The 4.75-mile-long Hoosac Tunnel would be built from 1851 to 1875; the 1851 estimate was $2 million and the final cost $21 million, per Wikipedia.)

Currently Reading: Pogo: Pockets Full of Pie, the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Volume 7, Walt Kelly. Editors Mark Evanier, Eric Reynolds. Oooh. That's some interesting little side storylines, in the Sunday pages.

Tags: carousels, crossroads village, mathematics
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