April 22, 2006

BMOS Friday

I took Friday off (actually, it was Monday’s holiday, which I worked, shifted to Friday) and we spent the day in Boston at the Museum of Science, which is always a big hit with the kids. And always leaves us exhausted.

We weren’t sure what Friday in vacation would be like at BMOS, and the answer is: busier than I’ve ever seen it before.

Wall to wall people. We could only get so much done, so we are planning to return in the summer.

The Star Wars exhibit was fun. I think I spent the most time scrutinizing the Millennium Falcon model, comparing it to the models we used to make as kids. The way they aged and dirtied-down the model was very similar to the stuff we did to our models. That’s not too much of a surprise, since we learned to do that stuff by reading about what the ILM artists did.

There were robotics “hands on” stations which go by too quickly for the kids to really learn anything, but I suppose it whets their appetite to learn. I plan to have the kids participate in an actual robotics project over the summer. Maybe an introduction to electronics followed by an actual robot. In the last 6 months I’ve bought a number of robot design books, so we have all the necessary info, including small project plans already made. And we can experiment with the LEGO Robotics system.

My Flickr photos of the visit start here.

I especially got a kick out of a T-shirt seen while we were waiting in line for the Star Wars exhibit.

Afterward, we got caught in rush hour traffic. That’s what you get when you try to leave Boston at 5:30PM. Have to plan better next time.

We’d wanted to get to the market and buy ingredients to cook dinner, but the level of hunger was too high with the extra delay of traffic. BMOS is fun, but add on crowds and lack of proper eating and I end up with a horrible headache. So we stopped in Randolph to get some food at Outback Steakhouse. Their 9 ounce steak dinner is very reasonable in price and surprisingly decent.

On the way home from Randolph, we were reinvigorated by dinner enough to stop off at IKEA. Note to anyone listening: IKEA on a Friday night after dinner is pretty much dead. So if you don’t like crowds and don’t tend to do anything important on Friday nights, that’d be the time to go. Sad commentary on our lives, or good advice? You decide.

IKEA is like Willy Wonka but for adults. I swear.

OK. Today’s fun is about to begin. I have to exercise (see under long-neglected activities) and then (is anyone surprised?) work. At least it’s a working lunch. Then errands, then back here to meet up with Julie. And maybe, just maybe, relaxation.

Posted by James at April 22, 2006 9:14 AM
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Caffeine powered car? Heh.

Posted by: Mike L. at April 22, 2006 5:47 PM

Best t-shirt ever ...

And ... IKEA ROCKS ...

two stories best told in person!!!

Posted by: Keri at April 22, 2006 7:41 PM

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