Canyonlands


Canyonlands View of the Green River

After Dave’s successful defense, some of us decamped to Harry’s Chocolate Shop, home of the great indoors man. Founded in 1919, originally as a soda shop, during prohibition it became speakeasy and has never looked back since. The first thing that I noticed about the place is that every square inch of every and I mean every surface is covered in graffiti. Mainly just people’s names, thousands and thousands of Purdue students names. The great indoors man is Harry’s take on the Purdue home football game tradition called the breakfast club. A drinking tradition That has the bars opening early in the morning on football Saturdays. After lunch, we broke for naps, but reconvened at five. Dave’s friends and colleagues turned out in force. Rivaling the turnout for his defense. We’re back from Purdue now. Let the weekend begin!

Dave’s New Purdue Scarf


Dave in His Purdue Scarf

Dave in His Purdue Scarf

Dave headed back to Purdue today, but before he left town, we all went out to the Peacock Diner. Dave had a Slinger / Flinger or as other diners here about refer to them as a yin and a yang. Basically both sides are piled high with food, the slinger side is topped with chili, while the flinger side is topped with in this case chorizo gravy. It is not a low-calorie dish. Anne got Dave to pose for this photo-op showing off the new Purdue colored scarf that she knitted for him over this holiday break. Go Boilermakers! How about that MSU Auburn game?

Boiler Up!


On Saturday, Anne and I drove up to West Lafayette to see our alma mater, Michigan State, play Purdue and to also see our son, Dave, who is a graduate student there. I had dithered about going on this trip, so to let him know that we were really coming, I texted Dave, “Boiler Up!” He answered with, “Hammer Down!” I’m guessing that that is the Purdue equivalent call and response to the MSU, “Go Green!” This is then answered with, “Go White!” This was our first Michigan State football game since college.

On the drive up, we saw an American Bald Eagle, the symbol of our country and also a carrion eater. It was on the shoulder of the road, munching on some road kill and only flew off when we slowed to watch him. Sorry, but no photo was possible. It happened too quickly. At the beginning of the game, MSU marched out to a commanding 21 point lead, but Purdue didn’t give up and with three minutes to go were still only down by one touchdown, plus they had the ball and four downs. An interception that was run back for a TD finally dashed their hopes.

We kind of crashed Dave’s football weekend, because he was also entertaining two of his Rochester alums, Abby and Mike. When we finally caught up with the three of them for dinner, they were all still recovering from the after effects of Dave having introduced them to Purdue’s “Breakfast Club”, voted best Big Ten tradition. Basically, on home game days the bars all open at 8 AM. It being October, Dave’s trio costumed themselves in Harry Potter garb. Any guesses which character Dave portrayed?

We treated them to dinner, at DT Kirby’s, a sports bar that revels in its own special earthiness. For example, both restroom entrances were fashioned from port-a-potties. Many an uninitiated patron would refuse to use one, fearing the worst and not knowing that flush plumbing and porcelain awaited them behind that plastic door. As if we didn’t get enough to eat the night before, we all went out for breakfast this morning. We went to the Triple XXX Family Restaurant, “On the hill, but also on the level”, enough said. Tomorrow is Dave’s birthday it is also Native American day, the day the white man was discovered, formerly known as Columbus Day. Thank you, Seattle!