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Sunday: Science and a Spectacular Day

17 Feb

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. The most rewarding thing in life is the patience to wait for the right moment.
-Anil Sinha
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FINALLY!!! Today was a gorgeous day. It started a little “iffy.” When I went to 9 o’clock Mass, it was cloudy and almost looked like rain. Walking back to my car later, the lady behind me told her husband,”They said it was going to be partly cloudy today.” I turned around and said, “Where’s the other part?” But, a couple of hours later, the sun emerged in all its glory.

My friends Lynne and Charlie invited me to go with them to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. We spent hours wandering around the four levels, hands-on displays, and even got to experience being “all shook up” on the earthquake simulator.

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The museum is a unique building with amazing architectural elements. In other words, “it’s pretty cool.”

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“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” Who? That’s what he said. Get it? Who, who!

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There were dinosaurs of all kinds, and “lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.” Well, not real ones. There were many interesting displays for children and adults alike.

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Look at this amazing view from the window.

Because it was the first truly lovely warm day in a very long time, people were out in droves, or throngs, or whatever people come out in when they have been cooped up for weeks. We walked over to Klyde Warren Park.
Warren Park is an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets. The street was lined with food truck vendors, people walking dogs or babies in strollers, children splashing in scattered water features, chess players, and those afore mentioned throngs of people enjoying a wonderful day.

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We sat in the park, soaked in the sun, and ate yummy sandwiches from the food trucks. The hours just flew by. Then to top it all off, we stopped at Culver’s on the way home and had double scooped ice cream sundaes. Yikes! When I got home, I ran in the door and put on my gym shoes to catch the last few minutes of daylight to walk off a little of the day’s delightful treats.

Yes, it was a spectacular day!

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Monday Memories: Farewell J.R.

12 Mar

Monday is usually a slow television day, but today was the episode of “Dallas” where old J.R. Ewing was laid to rest. The original show aired from 1978-1991. Our young family had a tradition of gathering around the TV on Friday nights to watch “Dallas.” The best part was when the signature theme song would come on, because we would all stand up and march around the room until the song ended. Even though we lived in Chicago, the exploits of the Ewing family captivated us for many years. It’s kind of ironic now, because we live just north of Dallas, and the new episodes bring back old memories of pizza, laughing and marching around the family room.

J.R. was the ultimate TV villain, but I couldn’t help but shed a few tears when the television family/cast had to say their good-byes on camera. That had to be tough. I have a lot of fond memories of “Dallas,” Friday nights, and silly marching. We’ll miss you J.R.

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