Monday, October 20, 2014

Return to Blimpy Burger

For the longest time, Blimpy Burger used to be a staple on the corner of Packard and Division in Ann Arbor.  They've been there for as long as I can remember.  Some time last year, the people who owned that landed decided to sell it to the University so that they can build a new dorm or something.  Since Blimpy didn't have a place to move to, they closed on August 13, 2013.
 Recently I found out that they re-opened at a new location.  I really haven't had a chance to check it out until tonight.  I found out that they are right next door to the Fleetwood Diner.
 It looks like they moved much of the old decor into their new place.  It also looks like they have a little more space for the dining room.
 A cool neon sign.
 A shot of the menu.  You can pretty much get whatever you want on the burger.
 One thing you need to know about Blimpy Burger is that there is a certain way to order your food.  If you don't, you may get a talking to by the staff.  It's really not that complicated though.
 When they were at the other location, they used to have snow sculptures in the front.
 It looks like they brought the same grill over which was pretty cool.
 For dinner, I got some onion rings and a burger.  The burger was on an onion roll with mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomato and grilled onions.  It was pretty good.
An attempt at a Nighthawks type thing.

Wandering Around Ann Arbor Tonight

So I decided to wander around Ann Arbor tonight because I was going to grab dinner down there.
 Before eating dinner, I decided to take a walk around this part of Ann Arbor.  For the most part, this is townie Ann Arbor.
 This is the street that used to have Rider's Hobby.
 I kind of liked the look of this display window.
 The buildings are the same but I'd imagine the businesses have changed over the years.
 I kind of like the shop level view.
 The First National Bank Building.
 Looking at this block from the other direction.
 I kind of like the looks of this building.
 I'm not sure about the history of this building but I'm guessing it was built sometime around the turn of the century.  I kind of like the looks of this one.
 I like this building too, just wish I could have gotten a better shot of it.
 Looking up at the First National Bank building.
 The street sign look.

 Looking down Main Street.
 I kind of liked the reflective look of this shot.  I wish there would have been more people in it though.
The Fleetwood Diner.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Red Tailed Hawk in the Arboretum

As I was heading out of the Arboretum, I looked at the top of one of the lamp posts and I saw this guy.  He was kind of hanging around, so of course I had to go grab my camera.
 I think this is a falcon.  Turns out that this is a red-tailed hawk and not a falcon.  Thanks to one of my friends for pointing that out.  I wish I could have gotten a better angle on him because he was hanging out in front of the helipad.  It would have been nice to get a picture of two cool birds.
 I was amazed at how close he let me get but I guess falcons are a little more comfortable with people than eagles.
 I will have to admit, they are pretty regal looking birds.
 But I guess I got a little too close.
 However, he didn't fly too far away.
 I was still able to get fairly close but I didn't want to cross the tracks.
One more shot.

A Quick Walk Through the Arboretum

So then we went over to Nichols Arboretum for a brief walk.  I didn't walk as much as I wanted because I missed out on the prairie but oh well.
 I'm not sure what kind of berries these are but I liked the look of these against the leaves.
 Looking down the trail.  The colors are going away.
 Looking down at the Huron River.
 Looking down another part of the trail.
 A pair of canoers.
 I kind of liked the way the trees looked in the water.
 I really liked the way this leaf looked.
 I kind of liked the way this tree looked in the water.
I especially liked the boats in front of it.

Wandering Around Ann Arbor Today

So then I ended up wandering around Ann Arbor for a bit.  They decided they wanted to walk around, so I ended up taking a brief walk with my camera.
 As I was rounding the corner, I looked at the Michigan Theater through the Knight's window.  I kind of liked the reflective picture I was getting.  This is something I'd like to play around with a little more because I think I could get some neat effects.
 Looking across the street at the Michigan Theater.  One of these days, I should get inside so that I can take some pictures there.  It is a really nice looking theater on the inside.
 A shot of the State Theater.
 I was taking this picture more for the mural than anything else.  The mural belongs to Dave's Bookstore which either is or was upstairs.  This has been around for as long as I can remember.
 Looking at State Street.
 Looking across the Diag from the Grad Library.  I liked the fall colors.
 Looking towards the West Engineering Arch.
 I had to show my cousin the Law Library and point out the corbels around the Law School.  This is one of my favorite subjects on the campus.
 Looking at the entrance.
 Of course I had to take my cousin into the Law Library itself.  This makes for another nice picture I think.
 Looking through one of the archways.  These make for nice pictures on nice sunny days.
 And then I had to point out the other corbels.  Especially the ones that resemble the old Presidents.  I really like the way this picture turned out.
 Another one of those.
 I kind of like how this one turned out.
 I love the lighting in this one.  I think I may have said this before but for some reason this reminds me of a cloister or something.
 The same archway from the outside.
 Looking down the street.
 The tower of the Michigan Union.
 Angell Hall.
 And we gave it away for the sake of dream in Nickels Arcade...if you know what I mean.
 I had to take a picture of the grafitti area.
 Na na na na....Batman!
 Looking down the street at the Michigan Theater.
 Looking up at the sign.
 Looking down the street toward the Michigan Union.
 A shot of the Bell Tower from the top of one of the parking garages.
A plane flies overhead.