austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry seems to help, I know

After a quiet Friday --- neither of us had much that needed doing nor that we wanted to do --- bunny_hugger and I went out to Ann Arbor, partly because it's always fun to go there, partly because it might resolve the sense of incompleteness from our highway-accident-shortened trip just before my trip east. Getting down there was certainly easier this time; no highways were closed and we made awfully good time, giving us a few more hours to enjoy the atmosphere and the goings-on. We weren't quite awake early enough to get all the hours we'd like in town, but you have to understand, getting up earlier means spending less time asleep, which is obvious madness.

We tried a different bar this time, not out of dissatisfaction with Ashley's --- I'm still thinking of the last time we had stilton fries there, and you would too if you ever had --- but out of my feeling that we shouldn't do the exact same things, especially food-related things, every time we visit. Instead we went to a bar which bunny_hugger visited often enough when she lived in the area, and discovered that it's gone upscale in that way bars often will. Her brother, I believe, identified the sort of food they serve as the ``New American Cuisine'', meaning that while it may be grilled cheese sandwiches, they're really good toast and cheese and the plates are thick and oddly-shaped. As I sometimes do at these, I tried a beer, a (something) (something) from the (something) company which actually is a Michigan-area brewery that, if I have it right, started in Ann Arbor before moving out to more spacious areas in the lower peninsula.

Since we had more time, and it wasn't so bitingly cold --- there were flurries, but very light ones, giving the city a very snow globe look --- so we did more wandering around. The first high point of this would be that we were able to get to a little tchotchke shop and look at these adorable little animal figures which bunny_hugger collected when younger. They're still being made, by a family business, and they've got some really sweet-looking dragons and whatnot. She bought just the one dragon despite wanting them all, since picking them up one at a time gives more time to appreciate each purchase and also more excuses to revisit the city. Her mother warned me that if I let her start collecting these again it's just going to be more for me to dust, but I don't mind dusting, especially the little figures.

Trivia: By the middle of the 12th century there were three hundred communes in Italy. Source: Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa, Nicholas Shrady.

Currently Reading: Before The Computer: IBM, NCR, Burroughs, and Remington Rand and the Industry They Created, 1865 - 1956, James W Cortada.


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