I’ve discovered that having a full-time plus and part-time job at the same time gets a little hectic. This week has been crazy busy. Anyways, I did have some time to go in Elaine’s “backyard,” 13 acre plot and check the area out. I found some wild blueberry plants, some wicked fungus and the St. Georges River. I also found myself up to the knees in bog.
We’ve been having fun at the historical society and by that I mean we’ve been roasting without air. However, the archive room does have air set at 62 so we decided it was probably a good time to reorganize it. Apparently UHS has decided to put tall interns down as a hiring preference. I’m not tall but I’m taller than Suzy so I have to get things off the top shelf. Suzy and I unrolled for the first time ever the giant set of printing plates from Sibley’s “A History of Union”. They were wrapped up in extra full pages that had been printed of other books. It was interesting to see a book in flat form. While we were attempting to pull the roll apart we managed to bury ourselves into the archive room, darn, there are worse places to be stuck.
Wednesday we had a program at the Old Town Meeting House. This mean I worked from 9 A.M. until 9:30 P.M. straight through. Oofta. Before the program the speaker and his family came to the Robbin’s House for dinner. I was lucky enough to sit next to the speaker and to be the only one really speaking to him. His name is Scott Mills and he is a WWII veteran who now lives in Maryland. He was, however, born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa so we had a special sort of Iowa bond. His daughter and her husband were hamming it up at the other end of the table with Dave and Suzy so I was glad to get to chat with him. We talked about all sorts of Iowa stuff, unfortunately he was hard of hearing so I had to speak up making me the LOUDEST person at the table and everybody kept looking at me. It was awkward but worth it. His talk was really interesting; it was about Professor Roy Bell’s time spent stranded in the Philippines. He even authored a book about it, as well as a couple of others on various topics.
After our chat and his talk, I of course had to buy his book and his daughter asked if I’d just like him to sign it or write it to somebody. Scott spoke up and said, “I will WRITE it to My Friend Pam, from Scott Mills.” I was glad he spoke up, he’s a really interesting guy and we had more time to talk after the program. I’m excited for this book and possibly more excited for his next one about his son-in-law’s father who was one of the top ambassadors of the U.S. during WWII.
Today, another field trip to enjoy Moxie Day at Moody’s Restaurant in Waldoboro. For those of you who don’t know what Moxie is: http://www.drinkmoxie.us/
I had it the first time I was in Maine with Alice, Merry and Eleanor. I remembered it being absolutely terrible but this time around it didn’t seem quite as bad. Elaine made my Dad try it when he was here and he didn’t grimace so it can’t be THAT bad. Moxie Day consisted of seeing the Moxie vehicles and booths selling t-shirts and other paraphernalia. We had at lunch at Moody’s which is apparently one of those must eat at places in Maine. It’s well known because it’s been around forever but it’s just your typical if not subpar diner food. Turkey wrap was bleh BUT desserts are another thing, I guess it is what they are known for. Mile-high Lemon Meringue Pie was indeed a mile high and whoopee pies the size of my face pass the test. Well, the Lemon Meringue was pretty all right considering I don’t care for that sort of thing and Elaine and I are going to split the whoopee pie as soon as I get off my rump and go out to the kitchen and get it for us.
This afternoon we went to the Transportation Museum over in Owl’s Head. First things first, AWESOME! I am so mad I didn’t know how cool it was or when Dad was out here with me we would have gone. We were only a few minutes from it but we sort of assumed it wouldn’t be nearly that extensive. The museum is incredibly large, it sort of feels like several large airplane hangars attached to one another. They have a ton of OLD, REALLY old cars, planes, carriages, bikes and motorcycles. I think Dad and I probably could have spent an entire afternoon there. Maybe he’ll want to come drive home with me?
The machines are in great shape, the museum has a base of 2,400 members. Did you hear me? 2,400 MEMBERS!!!!! That’s Ahhh-MAZING. The volunteers spend the time fixing them up and painting and taking care of them. The planes and everything all run, they ACTUALLY run. Ok, maybe you aren’t as excited as me but some of these planes don’t look like they EVER should have worked and they still do. They’ve tried them and occasionally take them out to keep them working. http://www.ohtm.org/edu_col.html
Check it out. I loved everything about this museum from the spacious layout, interesting text panels and enlarged photos hanging on the walls. My only real qualm was that some of the text panels were too far back from the audience barriers to read. My favorite thing is the logo; it is cute, fun and fitting. Spent the afternoon chatting with Elaine and working on Maquoketa Art Experience things, I’m about to the end of two big projects so it will be a relief to get them out of the door, at least for awhile. My blog really has become a chapter book. I apologize but when I don’t have time to blog often the story just gets longer and longer…now it’s time to go dish up some whoopee.