The Goonies, (More) Rain, and Productivity

1 07 2008

The Goonies, All Grown Up!
It’s the Goonies kids – all grown up! Craziness! The Goonies has got to be one of my favorite movies from the 80’s, an excellent mix of adventure, slapstick, and drama. I remember watching it when it used to be on TBS on Sunday mornings with my sister and parents, pajama-clad and cereal bowls in hand. It’s just one of those great movies that you never get tired of.

Anyway, the IMA was holding one of their movie nights in their amphitheater on Friday night featuring my favorite treasure-seeking tweens. I met Anne and her siblings and we spread out blankets, clicked away at our knitting, and enjoyed good food, interesting conversation, and really nice weather. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t stay pleasant for long and, after suffering through an opening band, the museum canceled the showing due to an incoming storm. Oh, calamity.

Rather than head straight home, we decided to go hang out in downtown Indianapolis, which was nice since I haven’t spent a ton of time there. Indianapolis is the thirteenth largest city in the US (really?) and is rumored to be second only to Washington, DC in terms of monuments. I haven’t found that statement printed anywhere yet but it would make sense, seeing as Alexander Ralston was one of the original planners of Indy. Ralston also served as one of the planners for the national capital. We ended up having ice cream at the South Bend Chocolate Company, located in Monument Circle. Decently good stuff – I highly recommend the peanut butter fudge in a waffle cone.

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is the axis of Monument Circle, a 284-foot limestone and bronze tower commemorating the Indiana soldiers who served in the American Revolution, territorial conflicts that partially led up to the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the US Civil War, and the Spanish American War. It’s an interesting picture of the monument, giving you an idea of the weather – by this point, lightning was jumping from one cloud to the next and we were making our way to our cars in between rainfalls. Apparently you can climb the tower, something I will need to return to Indy to do.

Overall, I was impressed with Indianapolis. I was impressed by the architecture, the mixed use of buildings in the downtown area, and general vibe of the city. This was a city, unlike Detroit, that people were meant to live in and is maintained with that conception in mind. I’m surprised that there isn’t more public transit. Or perhaps there is, I just haven’t seen it yet.

And that was the highlight of the weekend – the rest was spent cleaning, reading and knitting. Low-key and relaxed, just the way I like them. The realization that half the summer is gone hit me yesterday and has, miraculously, kicked me into full gear, working through syllabuses (not syllabi, who knew?) for next year, lining up academic reading, and attempting to outline possible articles based on papers written last year. It’s day two of productivity. Let’s see how long I can keep this up.

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