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Jul. 25th, 2012

So, the honeymoon: things started Monday (the 2nd) with dropping off one of our out-of-town friends where he could get the bus to the airplane. I'd seen a lot of this spot in the week leading up to the wedding; this would be the last time until the week after the wedding. On returning we stopped off at a convenience store because I needed travel-sized toothpaste and mouthwash, and [livejournal.com profile] bunny_hugger needed airsickness pills, and various other miscellaneous things. Then back home, to do a little more packing, where [livejournal.com profile] bunny_hugger warned me I needed to pack more warmly. In the Michigan area temperatures have been routinely reaching the upper 160's, Fahrenheit; in that circumstance it's hard to see the need to bring a parka along. I would learn better.

The airport, and airplane, occupied pretty much all of Monday; we had more time in airports than we expected. There was also a little air turbulence.  )

So, a little tired after all that we wandered into a strange land where everything was written in a funny language, and Tuesday.

Trivia: The French chemist Comte de Chardonnet introduced a nitrocellulose cloth in 1884. Production of so-called Chardonnet silk soon reached 10,000 tons per year, despite being nitrocellulose. Source: Molecules At An Exhibition: The Science Of Everyday Life, John Emsley. (Emsley claims the nitrocellulose silk, like nitrocellulose billiard balls, sometimes exploded spontaneously or spontaneously enough; while I find this plausible, I realize in my increasing age that I've never seen a first-hand account of exploding nitrocellulose silk or billiard balls or, presumably, piano keys.)

Currently Reading: Flat Earth: The History Of An Infamous Idea, Christine Garwood.

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