They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

Peaches and Chemists Arrive

We have had lovely local fruit so far this summer. The strawberries from Cooks were wonderful, as were the ones from Potters. The blueberries... Ah, the blueberries! We're on our third 5-pound box from a family farm. And most of them have been eaten as is... on oatmeal, with ice cream, in yogurt on cereal -- we even had them for breakfast in our room at Detcon. Even once just with some Redi-Whip for dessert.

Leading into the weekend, Mrs. Dr. Phil brought home the first of the local peaches. Yay PEACHES! They needed a couple of days, but now they are perfect. Sweet and juicy. And they smell... like peaches. Mmmm.

These are Flaming Furies, which aren't bad at all. Not quite Red Havens, which are The Perfect Peach, but then what is? Also some small apricots which are apparently coming along. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Then the campus of Grand Valley State University got flooded with chemists for the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. Last year when I heard it was coming to Allendale, I thought about attending. But registration was expensive -- $300 -- and right now I'm cooling my heel, so to speak. (grin) So just as well that I didn't sign up.

But... my grad school officemate Dave Woon came up from U of I, which is how I heard about this in the first place. He drove in on Sunday and we met for dinner at the newly remodeled New Holland Brewing Company in Holland. A lot of restaurants in West Michigan are closed on Sundays. But we've been meaning to come back to New Holland since the husband of one of Mrs. Dr. Phil's coworkers took over as Head Chef. Speaking of chemists, the local ACS chapter met there once for a very thorough Chemistry of Beer evening. Last time we were there, they still had a game room next door -- that's now opened up and expanded into seating. Dave was waiting when we got there and we were given a table in the front of the new room, right by the wall so I could park my walker out of the staffs' way.

It took me a minute to realize that we were completely open to the street. We might have eaten out on the sidewalk, but with the walker and outdoor furniture it would have been difficult. Besides, though it hasn't been a problem yet, the current antibiotic is one of the sun sensitive varieties, and at 6pm EDT the sun was streaming down 8th Street in Holland MI.

A nice picture of Dave. Alas, it's dark and severely backlit. My first Nikon with Matrix metering was the Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n -- and I found the Matrix metering not handling things the way I liked, so all the Nikons I've gotten recently I switched to center weighted. I've been using Nikon's center weighted metering for forty years. But digital isn't the same as film, and this Gen 1.5 sensor on the D100 still doesn't have the dynamic range of film. I may try Matrix metering on the D100 and see if it does better than the Kodak -- both are based on the same Nikon F80 film chassis, but very different sensors. CCD vs CMOS. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Not quite as good a picture, but slightly better exposure. (Click on photo for larger.)
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That's not a window behind Mrs. Dr. Phil, but a wide open space from sliding doors. It was a gorgeous evening. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I ordered a Coke before I remembered they did Sprecher Root Beer from Milwaukee, so had one of those, too. Really nice hamburger and the potato salad had dill in it.

We had a lovely time and it was good to see Dave. We had to cross into the next block to get back to the Bravada, where it turned out the little red Toyota Corolla next to us was Dave's. Funny little world. Trying to remember, Dave, wasn't the Cavalier in California red, too? Or maybe it was blue.

Ah, summer... I am so happy to have one this year. (sunny-grin)

Dr. Phil

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