|Rock and Roll Hall of Fame|
Sorry for the lack of cocktail this week. Scott didn't get home from work until 11 or 12 pm on Wednesday and Thursdays nights, and then we hosted gaming on Fridays, and then this weekend, we left town. We went to Cleveland to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Scott's family to celebrate his dad's birthday.
Saturday, we spent the afternoon at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Of course, we couldn't take photos once we were inside the ticketed area, but I got some photos of the atrium.
Of course, Scott and I took the most time in the museum, but we really enjoyed it. I think my favorite part may have been the Les Paul exhibit. I knew about the Gibson Les Paul guitar, but I didn't know about the inventive man whom it was named after. It was clearly Scott's favorite part as well -- when I asked him just now, he started reading from the Les Paul Wikipedia article!
There were all kinds of cool items from the major figures of Rock & Roll, as well as the major precursors. Of course, we enjoyed looking at all the instruments and costumes, some of which were pretty amazing. Note to the wise: if some famous person had some object of theirs painted specially, keep it that way. I really enjoyed the gallery that had Janice Joplin's porche as well as costumes and instruments from bands from the Allman Brothers to ZZ Top to David Bowie to Michael Jackson, including the Thriller jacket and the famous glove, which was embroidered with crystals. I ended up learning a lot of cool things from reading rather than just looking at the exhibits. One thing I left with was a lot of curiosity about Quicksilver Messenger Service, especially after seeing the amp with the horns attached. Of course, I couldn't help but see possible steampunk inspiration everywhere, like in the Van Halen drum set, with the kick drums extended by accordion pleats.
For dinner, we went to The Winking Lizard Tavern, and checked out some cool shops, including Phoenix Coffee, Big Fun and City Buddha. Scott's brother's fiancée got her law degree form Case Western and she was our tour guide around town.
|Amphitheater at the Toledo Zoo|
This morning, we decided that we didn't want to drive backward from the hotel to check out the art museum, natural history museum or other tempting things in the area. We ended up choosing to stop at the Toledo Zoo on the way home.
|Snow Leopards at the Toledo Zoo|
|Bear Sloth at the Toledo Zoo|
|Cranes at the Toledo Zoo|
|Colobus Monkeys at the Toledo Zoo|
|Birds overhead in the aviary at the Toledo Zoo|
|Vultures at the Toledo Zoo|
|Rhinoceros Hornbill at the Toledo Zoo|
|Giraffes at the Toledo Zoo|
After that, it was pizza at the Village Idiot, then home, glad to to rest my feet.