July 22nd, 2005

little review

Poem for Friday

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I thought that a poem about September 11th was appropriate today for the latest victims in London, and because the first photo below was the most memorable thing we saw at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, which has an exhibit on The Price of Freedom: Americans at War. I'm not crazy about some of the political conclusions in the notes but the displays are astonishing: a UH-1H Huey Helicopter from the Vietnam War, a full-size replica of a Civil War horse, the candlesticks John Jay took from room where the Treaty of Paris was signed, George Washington’s uniform and epaulets, the chairs Lee and Grant sat in during the Civil War surrender ceremonies at Appomattox, and fragments from Ground Zero:


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In addition to this exhibit we saw the pop culture collection (Dorothy's ruby slippers, Kermit the Frog, Howdy Doody, etc.), the Gunboat Philadelphia, the historic automat, ice cream shoppe and candy store inside the cafeteria where we ate lunch, the historical music instruments display and various technology exhibits. We spent most of the day with my father's brother, his wife and their son, first at the museum and driving by the White House -- at least, as close as one can get on Constitution Avenue today to the back view, since Pennsylvania Avenue is blocked entirely to vehicles there. We had parked in the Ronald Reagan Building's public lot and security was astonishing -- they ran metal detectors around and inside the car, asked for photo ID from all adults and x-rayed all our bags and glasses like at an airport.

When we got home apaulled and I were in charge of entertaining the kids and feeding them while the senior adults went out to dinner. In between sessions with them, I wrote up a roundup of Doohan obituaries and watched "Dagger of the Mind" to review on Friday, which will be another insane day; the relatives have to be taken to the airport, I have a doctor's appointment, and in the evening we are going with the kids to see October Project in Virginia at the same place we saw Lisa Moscatiello and Rosie Shipley last year with the fabulous chili and carrot cake.

I want to ask a favor: is there someone who knows S2 here very well, who can tell me how to use advanced customization to create a layout very similar to the one I have now in S1, with text above the first entry that doesn't have to be dated and all the links I have now (more than standard S2 customizations allow plus the graphics), so that I can use tags? I know nothing about CSS and am terrified to try to muck with anything. Thank you...

Happy Birthday Louise Fletcher!