Sunday, January 13, 2008

Blogging ALA Midwinter 2008

Hello from Philadelphia!
We arrived at the Morris House B&B at 12:20am Thursday night and have been goofin for the past two days. Went to see the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, US Mint, Independence Seaport Museum, Betsy Ross' gate, and Rocky's steps.

Kudos/Props must go to the Independence Seaport Museum. My friends, we have seen loads of maritime museums, but this one ranks in our top five. Why? They have active boat building taking place! We last saw men in motion at the Maine Maritime Museum in 1995. People were busy scrapping, sanding, using a lathe, advising, and willing to interpret for us on lookers. Working on wooden boats is an art and these guys know their stuff.

Also, the two vessels we boarded we excellent. Both were self touring, the World War II submarine USS Becuna was a tight squeeze. We enjoyed shooting through the section doors by grabbing the bulkheads and leaping to the other side. (If you try this, let go early so you don't bruise your wrists.) As for the USS Olympia the website describes it as, "the oldest steel warship afloat in the world." Built in 1892, it displays beautiful Victorian woodwork in the officer's quarters..
Yeah, Yeah! Enough of the sight-seeing. What about midwinter? Well, I attended the White Priviledge discussion and have mush to say, but it needs another post. I'm off to a meeting which goes from 1:30 - 6:00. This is dedication, for shure...