JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Up and down and 'round and 'round ...

Made my pilgrimage to the Glenbow Museum today ... spent over five hours wandering the exhibits (and did my bit for fitness by using the huge central staircase to get to all four floors instead of lazing in the elevators). Aside from dodging a camera crew filming some promotional thingy and a pair of obnoxiously loud women who were disbelievingly amazed that any culture before the age of plastic could have created anything of worth or beauty, I had great fun ... skipped the history of Alberta exhibition this time (that's in every museum in the province anyway, and I was ravenous and tired of being indoors by then), but did meander through all the other permanent exhibitions (Asian art relating to Buddhism and Hinduism, First Nations history and culture, Minerals, West African art, Warriors (with the spirit of anotheranon at my shoulder, exclaiming over and coveting the sharp shiny things), plus all the temporary exhibitions.

After that, a stroll up and down the downtown's outdoor pedestrian mall (several blocks of 8th Avenue), noting that just about everything along there seems to be a restaurant & bar of some kind now, rather than the original collection of neat little independent shops ... just how many eating establishments can one downtown support anyway? Especially when that whole area is dead on Saturdays and Sundays? Paid a farewell visit to the local branch of McNally Robinson, which will be closing its doors at the end of July (not for financial reasons , as store and company both doing extremely well ... industry rumour is that they were offered a too-obscene-to-refuse price for their building by some developer). And then hopped a train home, figuring that catching the 3:50 p.m. would put me just ahead of daily commuters (train was packed anyway ... oh well)

And now I want ice cream (or sherbet or something frozen and sweet) and have nothing of the kind in the freezer ... so off to the grocery store we go!

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