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Michigan Tech January Sunday Brunch

Whatta Meal!

Just over 29 years ago we moved up to Laurium in Michigan's U.P. Yes, we moved to the Lake Superior snow belt in January. And yes, it was -10°F and they had to use a front end loader to carve out a parking space on the front lawn of the house we rented. We were at Michigan Tech from 1984-1991. At some point a woman named Marie opened a Middle Eastern deli in downtown Houghton and a Tech legend was born.

After we moved down to West Michigan, we heard that there was an amazing new place to eat at Lake and Diamond in Grand Rapids -- and it was Marie Catrib's. For the last couple of years the local Michigan Tech alumni have gathered on a Sunday in January when Marie opens her place special for us and we eat and eat amongst friends.

Today was that day.

Best new dish? There was a black bean and banana in a filo dough empanada. And a bread pudding with almonds. Savory muffins with sausage and cheese, or spinach and feta. And... and... and...

Families, friends... an alum who was signed up to Tech by his dad while he was on Midway in WWII... Thank goodness that the weather was suitable for driving!

A Different View

I grabbed a camera, but I wanted to take snow pictures with my new infrared converted Nikon D100. And what could be geekier than IR pictures at a Tech alum event?


Used onboard flash to shoot Mrs. Dr. Phil. Eyes are a little creepy. (Click on photo for larger.)
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We were seated over at the deli counter section, just three tables, but a lot of room -- and quiet. Here's the people at the next table. One of the couples overlapped with our time at MTU. Gentleman at the right and I had a discussion about near versus far infrared (past 1000nm), which the CCD doesn't really cover. On the other hand, I don't have to cool the camera in liquid nitrogen either. (double-exposure-grin) (Click on photo for larger.)
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The main seating area. I hoped to win a new Tech hat in the raffle, but alas, we struck out. (Click on photo for larger.)
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On the way out, I shot my driveway -- base exposure was a little off. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Much better exposure of some piled up snow in the near infrared. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Still playing with the type of false color -- or even just drained of color to black & white -- that I like.

Dr. Phil
Tags: fine dining, infrared, michigan tech, photos
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