It’s been a long time since I’ve collected a courthouse

I cheated on this one. I was not present and therefore did not take the pic. I mean, I can’t exactly put a bunch of courthouses in the Landfill, roight? So I have to make do with photos. The GG and one of his girlfriends were down hiking in O-haaa-oh for a long weekend and he got this pic of the Miami County courthouse in Troy. At least I *think* it is the courthouse. Some kind of government building anyway.

This marks the first photo I have “tweaked” in Affinity Photo. I clicked a colorful button and it amped up the flat grays and browns in the original pic just a wee bit. In PhotoShop, command-shift-b did that kind of thing. Right? Or am I losing my PhotoShop muscle memory already?

A few weeks ago we drove past a fancy courthouse in Napoleon. Henry County, O-haaa-oh. We were wheeling around like crazy and I didn’t get a pic. The GG said, “We’ll get one on Monday and it’ll be sunnier”. Alas, we didn’t get one on Monday because we returned to the Great Lake State on the I75 Snowbird Geezerway and it was NOT sunny. Okay, Napoleon can be a day trip some nice future weekend day. Kinda like going to Indiana without any moonshine.

I hate when counties update their courthouses with modern buildings. Chippewa County (quite a few years ago now) renovated the original buildings of both the courthouse and the old federal building down by Brady Park. I *think* I remember it being the post office back when I was very small.

I do remember when the 1st National Bank (dad and granddaddy’s) was in an old building down on Portage, kitty corner from rival Sault Savings Bank. Dad’s bank building is long gone and has been an empty lot next to the Alpha Bar forever. I remember when the new modern bank got built up Ashmun Street a couple blocks. Boy oh boy, was that a fancy place. I remember a cute kid-sized teller booth and a ticker-tape musheen and blonde wood everywhere and a metallic gold-suited Santa Claus at fancy xmas parties where us kids got cookies and punch and the grown-ups had cocktails and yee-hawed.

I am way off into tangent-land so here’s one more. I was partners with my friend Miles in 10th grade chemistry. I haven’t seen him in many years but when we did occasionally bump into each other, he always remembered when he dripped hydrochloric acid on my leg, an imaginary event. Miles was very smart if not very academically focused and in a convo with Mr. T., he asked an off the wall question and Mr. T. told him not to go off on tangents. Which cracked me up.

Tangentially yours,

3 Responses to “It’s been a long time since I’ve collected a courthouse”

  1. Pooh Says:

    But I digress… Frequently. Especially when teaching. If you are subbing for a third-grade class and the topic is Christopher Columbus, do not go a-tangenting when one of the little darlings asks you if you knew CC!
    What, I’m not that old!!! It’s 2006 and he sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Let’s do the subtraction, shall we?

    2006 At which point I realized that I’m going to have a whole lot of borrowing, with kids who haven’t figured out the basics of subtraction yet. Meanwhile, the teacher’s aide is silently cracking up at the rabbit hole I’ve found.

    The rest is left as an exercise for the reader!

  2. Margaret Says:

    Old courthouses and Capitol buildings are very picturesque. I loved the one in Des Moines, Iowa. Ours in Olympia is not impressive. My chem lab partner was a good-looking but very lazy young man who only wanted to partner with me because of my smarts–and he was a lazy slug.

  3. jane Says:

    My chemistry partner, Loren, was smart and not lazy. But he had cut off the tip of 2 fingers in a snow blower accident (do not reach in to clear a branch) and more than once we had to start an experiment again, because he dropped a beaker of whatever.
    We were great friends and could easily laugh it off.