January 8th, 2007

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Many thanks are due...

Mucho thankingso to Hari and Anu (amply aided by little, delightful Akhil) who took a LOT of trouble and lent their home, to ensure that the surprise party for my daughter and son-in-law's wedding anniversary, falling tomorrow (Jan 9th),was a great success. They made sure that everyone turned up, even most of the doubtfuls...we really enjoyed meeting DnA's friends, some for the first time. Some others, who met us at the temple or at the History Museum, did a Oscar-worthy job of wishing us a happy journey and other stuff that indicated we might not meet in the near future.

Hari's fantastic touch was to put up a "Congratulations" strip and under that, a "Survivor" notice and a "DS (son-in-law) support group" notice too!

It makes me feel so happy to see that DnA, too, have as great friends as we have.

I must say, a lot of tension involved in trying to keep a part secret from someone who specializes in gathering information...no wonder I have never been successful in having any surprise for KM (he even winkled out the carefully hidden fact that I was going to LA with him out of poor DS in a truly Machiavellian way.)

The Canon is simbly GONDIPADED (ha, work that out) with pics...will work on it this week. Pics, hopefully, coming up soon!
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The St Louis Science Centre

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon at The Science Centre, St Louis. ...we went and watched two IMAX films, one about a team of amateur climbers (including a 9 year old) who climbed Mt Kilimanjaro...and another one, which was being filmed as a kind of "what is" film about what would happen if the disappearing wetlands around the Mississippi area resulted in floods...and while it was being filmed, Katrina actually happened. The film documented the changes in the lives of the musicians of a jazz/blues band....it was moving and heart-wrenching, with fantastic music from the band, which brought tears to my eyes. No time to visit the Planetarium but will do so some time soon.(Have to get the taste of the Pasadena Planetarium out of my mouth anyway.)

We also visited The Art Museum because it had a Rembrandt etchings show that we wanted to see. The etchings were just fantastic in their mastery of line and detail. I will post a lovely self-portrait of Rembrandt that KM photographed (can you imagine, photography was allowed, without flash, for etchings/woodcuts which were not part of private collections.)

I have finally started uploading a lot of pictures, now that all the celebrations are over....they are on KM's laptop now and he is using it, so some of them will go up tomorrow.

And don't forget..today KM and I went and saw the aDORable cheetah cubs in their indoor enclosure with their mother, Lucia. KM and I took some fairly good snaps though of course we had to shoot through the wire fence (Steve Bircher, the curator, actually took us inside the enclosure when he realized that we were seriously interested. This post tomorrow because it is already Cinderella time and those darn horses have turned into rats!

KM and I waited for DnA to come home from work, and meanwhile, watched, for the first time, West Side Story , with music by that immortal, Leonard Bernstein. Lovely evening....