Diary of a 1L
Monday, March 22, 2004
- Walking tour of the Grant Park neighborhood and eponymous park. Only one other person on the tour and the tour guide so that was a nice social thing. The tour guide was a volunteer who lived in a neighborhood nearby and arrived on a bicycle, and the other tour patron was a San Diegan who arrived by cab clutching a Ritz-Carlton coffee cup. So that was our motley crew.
- Lunch at Ria's Bluebird. I had to wait a really long time, but I tried an interesting dish: Southwest Tofu Scramble. I can never get tofu to come out with the consistency it does in restaurants.
- Another walking tour: Historic Oakland Cemetery. They made a special point of calling it "historic", and it was.
- The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: I wasn't there early enough to do the tour of his birth home. Unfortunately, I have to report that his tomb is in shockingly bad shape. If the eternal flame near it was going, I couldn't tell. It looked like gas was coming out of it but it actually wasn't lit. It was also surrounded by puddles apparently leaking from the reflecting pool. There were also pennies in the pool, which seemed kind of inappropriate, but definitely inappropriate was the "CNN Studio Tour" badge in the pool. Then again, the man himself would probably have preferred that more resources be spent on the living in need instead of plunking down a couple million dollars to make the place look decent. The visitor center looked very nice though.
- Drive-thru dinner at Arby's. I'm still a starving student! I can't go and get two fancy meals every day, this is supposed to be a cheap vacation!