So far, my brother and I have eaten out in a lot of restaurants and have seen a few movies. Today, we hit the Museum of Science and Industry. The last time I was there, they had these souvenir machines where you put in a quarter and these two metal blocks under a clear plastic bubble would press together, the machine would be a-humming, and when the blocks separated, a plastic toy would be there. Then another piece of metal would push it into a basket from which you retrieved it. The toy would still be warm from the process. Just a piece of cheap, molded plastic, but the kind of thing I remember from my childhood. The Toledo Zoo used to have them. (Yes, Toledo, Ohio has a zoo. It features a muskrat, a opossum, a stray one-eyed dog and the petting zoo is some hairy fat guy with his pants leg rolled up. No snakes. Just a belt hanging off a stick.)
Yesterday, we saw The Dark Knight in iMax. Way cool. Then we ate at Karyn's Raw Cafe restaurant which is very good and, gulp, very expensive. I think we'll go cheaper today. Maybe Tank Noodle or Soul Vegetarian, since we'll already be on the south side.
THE BS NEWS QUIZ OF THE DAY
Yesterday, I asked...
"In order to address the gender imbalance in his town, the mayor of Mount Isa in Australia has generated some controversy by encouraging what?"
22% said "Vows of celibacy"
- It's a mining town. Their jobs are metaphors for not abstaining.
12% said "Men start dating other men"
- Or at least work out a weekly rotation of who gets to wear the pretty pink dress and blond wig.
No one said "Cuddling with koalas"
- They're too mean for that. Not the miners, the koalas.
66% got it right with "Ugly women move to his town"
According to the AFP, the mayor of an Australian outback mining town has come under fire for urging unattractive women to move in, assuring them they will find a man because there is a shortage of women.
John Moloney, mayor of Mount Isa in northwestern Queensland, told a newspaper his town was a place for "ugly ducklings to flourish into beautiful swans" and called on the "beauty-disadvantaged" to flock there.
Mount Isa city councillor Gary Asmus said that while there was a shortage of women, Moloney's comments were an insult to the town's menfolk.