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2005-06-17

Want to Track Down a REAL Atomic Cafe?

Sorry this is so late today. Combine a splitting headache with a backache and a pressing deadline at work, and you got a late blog entry. My bad and my apologies.

Now, back to our originally scheduled programming, now in progress....

If you are a science or history geek like me & the Tsar, well, the usual tourist traps don't satisfy. Maybe I'm deficient in chick hormones, but getting an all-expense paid trip to the Mall of America just doesn't get me excited like it does for some other people I know. Disney characters? Puhleese. And sitting around in a smoky casino with a watered-down drink is nothing short of Purgatory.

I want history, I want to work my brain, I want to go where some shit has blown up.

That's why I was really jacked to run across the site for The Bureau of Atomic Tourism.

It has handy links for the different sites listed, including Tucson's own Titan Missile Museum (I thought it was pretty funny to have the Tsar "inspect" the missile silo, but then again I'm warped), and the Trinity Site (where I celebrated my birthday a couple of years ago during one of its open dates).

Just a wee bit of warning for anyone going out to the Trinity site.....don't pick up the glass and take it home. It is pretty, it is intriguing....but most of all, it is radioactive. Take only pictures standing on Ground Zero, and leave only footprints like the good rangers say.

4 Comments:

  • At 9:09 AM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    The graphite reactor at the X-10 site in Oak Ridge is very interesting as well. I have had the good fortune (I guess) to be on all three sites in Oak Ridge, X-10, Y-12, and K-35. I did some work at all three sites. Extemely interesting.

     
  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Very cool, Deacon Blues! I always figured you was one of them there smart dudes!

     
  • At 12:54 PM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    I didn't do anyhting smart there, I just did a little Remedial Environtmental Waste Management. And tried to stay out of trouble.

     
  • At 2:17 PM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    Also, the Museum of Science and Energy is MUCH more than a display of bomb casings. There are a lot of hands-on things for children to do, experiments and other things. My youngest wanted to spen every Saturday there.

     

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