Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Field Trip (not a soccer post)
I went to the A2 Hands On Museum w/ Solstice's class yesterday. We had a great time, but it totally wore me out. I don't know how the elementary teachers can do it day in & day out. Those kids are nuts. Of course, some of the parents are kind of nuts too. One dude, Rocket, drove me nuts the whole time. Rocket isn't his real name, but he looks like he just stepped out of Colors w/ his red dew-rag & red dollar-sign, bedazzled baseball cap (all he was missing was a "wife-beater" under a shirt w/ only the top button buttoned. It's fantastic that he is willing to volunteer, in fact, he's been @ other things too, but he is just soooo stupid. During "Slime Time" (45 minutes of nastiness when the kids got to create different types of slimy goop), the instructor asked if it was a solid, a liquid, or a gas. His response: "it's a solid & a liquid." 1st of all, we're the adults... let the kids answer. 2ndly, it's 1 or the other, come on! (As it turned out, it was a Non-Newtonian Fluid. Other examples of Non-Newtonian Fluids can be found in the Tub Girl photo & in the ever-popular video, "2 Girls and a Cup of Non-Newtonian Fluid." After "Slime Time" was over, we had a few more minutes to check stuff out & Rocket was amazed by the fact that the pins in the "Push up the pins and leave an imprint of your hand or face or whatever" thing always fell back to the same place. I asked what he meant, & he meant just what he said... "It's crazy that they always go down right next to each other." Maybe the fact that I asked makes me the real idiot here. Afterwards, we had to stand between a row of buses & a tall brick wall for about 20 minutes so Solstice's teacher & I caught a nice buzz off of the diesel exhaust before we finally boarded the bus. As Solstice & her friend Shawnte were about to sit down right by Rocket, I was able to usher them to a farther seat to avoid another Mensa meeting w/ him. Solstice had a blast, & can't wait to go back. It'd been quite a while, but I think the next Museum on our itinerary will be the Detroit Historical Museum. I just found a 2 for 1 coupon & it's burning a hole in the old proverbial pocket. Overall, Solstice's favorite part was The Bubble Thingy & Slime Time and Shawnte really like lunch.
The Bus Ride w/ Shawnte The Bubble Thingy The new nature room... same as the old nature room (w/o the tarantula) Chloe administers CPR Slime Time!!! Fun w/ Mirrors