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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Fairchild 

Terrible T and the kids and I visited Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, this past weekend, during their yearly "Ramble". If you ever get a chance to visit it, in Miami, it's well worth the time. Unfortunately, it always seems to be hot as Hell when we go. It wasn't too too bad, Sunday. But it would've been nicer if it was a bit cooler.
They have a 100 year old calliope there. The owner was actually able to play a particular song, for me (The Colonel Bogey March)!

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The calliope has been restored a number of times, and it's owner is still able to purchase about 3 new songs sheets for it, each year. These sheets look like fan-folded cardboard with punched out dots and lines. In a way, it's like an early punchcard-reading copmputer; able to repeat the same instructions to the musical instruments, each time it's played. It doesn't just have air-powered calliope pipes, but drums and bells, too! The little figures you see mounted on this monster each strike a bell, when commanded to.


They also have a new Lilly Pond with Amazonian Lillies. Each of these suckers can get as big as six feet across. The ones pictured looked to be about 3-4 feet across.

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I'm not sure of the name of these next two plants, but we all found them very beautiful.

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The red flowered plant was marked with some Latin sounding name, but I had no pen and paper to record it with.

The kids had fun. Marc got a coconut he thinks he may be able to grow and Alex got her face painted like a tiger.

We went to our favorite Cuban restaurant, Las Vegas, when we got home... and Alex insisted on keeping on her tiger face throughout dinner.
We got lots of smiles out of that... from all of the staring patrons.



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