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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2015/04 Moments April 2015

Toronto, Ontario; Detroit, Michigan; Iowa City, Iowa; Fairfield, Iowa; Muscatine, Iowa; Port Huron, Michigan

English River lake freighter
English River lake freighter. Great Lakes water seem clear of ice, with small bulk carrier moored by Lafarge terminal in the Polson slip of the Toronto PortLands. In early spring, the vegetation doesn’t obscure visibility, over the fence from the Chinese supermarket. (Cherry Street, Toronto) 20150406
Toronto IBM Club Retirees
Toronto IBM Club Retirees. Update on IBM Canada R&D Centre by @AllenLalonde, meeting the challenges of big data with collaborative innovation centres across universities, industry and government. CARET, SOSIP, CHIA, Ocean Networks Canada. Among retirees, seeing a few familiar faces. (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Scarborough, Ontario) 20150407
Design with Dialogue, April 2015
Design with Dialogue, April 2015. Special session for SSHRC question, six parallel streams, video capture and live sketching. Pulled together on short notice by SFI masters students. (Lambert Lounge, OCAD U) 20150408
DBC Trio
DBC Trio. Early Thursday set of @LuisDenizSax Rich Brown @ErnestoCervini in @RexHotelToronto relaxed and casual. No festival crowds, just another workday on a city where the arts thrive. (The Rex, Toronto) 20150416
Detroit Greektown
Detroit Greektown. Saturday night busy in popular nightlife district downtown. Most of family visiting #1 son in Michigan. Last time I was here could have been in the 1970s, when the Greek presence was stronger. (Detroit Greektown, Michigan) 20150418
MOCAD
MOCAD. Normal Shift by Coco Bruner at Art X Detroit , 10.5×15 foot Baltic Birch Plywood floor, invites viewers to walk on it at their own risk. Kresge Arts Foundation sponsors show in Midtown. (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) 20150419
DIA
DIA. Alexander Calder 1970 La jeune filles et sa suites, on the lawn outside the Detroit Institute of the Arts, towers over local visitors. Family touring on a Sunday afternoon. (Detroit, Michigan) 20150419

Iowa Ave., Iowa City
Iowa Ave., Iowa City. Old Capitol Museum at west end, and U. Iowa biology buildings across the street from Japanese resto lunch downtown. Birthday girl is daughter of friend, they all grow up from high schoolers to serious university students. (Iowa City, Iowa) 20150423
Herd of cattle
Herd of cattle. “I am an individual”? On the farm, cows are initially skittish of strangers, but then come to see what’s up out of boredom. Not a lot happens in the country. Few distractions. (Fairfield, Iowa) 20150426
Riverside Park, Muscatine, Iowa
Riverside Park, Muscatine, Iowa. The Pearl Button riverboat, docked on the west side of the Mississippi River. Area famous for shells made into buttons, in the era before synthetic materials became popular. Brief rest stop before leaving the state. (Riverside Park, Muscatine, Iowa) 20150429

Refineries on the St. Clair River
Refineries on the St. Clair River. Driving Gratiot Blvd in Port Huron on U.S. side of river, sign said scenic turnout. Small parking lot had view of industry on Sarnia waterfront, less than flattering impression of Canada. Short distance across water suggests proximity for smuggling, but expect that area is patrolled, and currents would make swimming treacherous. (Port Huron, Michigan) 20150430
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