Saturday, May 24, 2008
On Thursday, I took the train down to Bloomington. Actually, it's Normal. The station was relocated from Bloomington to Normal, IL. But Amtrack still stubbornly calls it "Bloomington."
The conductor came through the cars, calling out: "Next station, Bloomington. All passengers for Bloomington, please check the area for personal items and then step to the front. This train is on time!"
Apparently, the train was on time for the first time in several months.
Normal is called "Normal" because Illinois State University is here.
It used to be called Illinois State Normal School, being the downstate teacher's college.
This picture is Watterson Towers, built on the lowest point of the glacial moraine. The townspeople
waited for years for it to be finished, before realizing that the unfinished look was planned. The town still calls it the ugliest building in central Illinois. It's hard to know what the "gown" contingent thinks. But all the other new building since built look more like they belong on the brick-and-ivy quad.
Although I am here to visit family, I am also going to be meeting Susan from the Corn and Oil Blog.
She lives, homeschools and writes from her home here in central Illinois, and we both attended ISU in years past, although we do not know each other in person.
I will be returning to Albuquerque Monday, and I will begin teaching the following the week for IRD. This weekend is for visiting. And the sun has finally come out.
It may act like Memorial Day Weekend after all.