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Oh the stories that this storied submersible--now on dry land at the Science Museum in Richmond--could tell.
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And if you get tired of something, just walk to another gallery and find another exhibit to explore.
A friend steered us to an outstanding display of guitars and performances by Richmond folk singer Susan Greenbaum. It was outstanding--but also leaving town the next day.
I went with friends CG and Bob and Lou Gramann. Bob is a Fredericksburg-based composer, performer--and guitar maker.
There is a national museum of the guitar in the works, and the exhibit is slated to show up in a number of other venues across the country before finally settling into a new permanent home at a city not yet chosen. Keep an eye on this.
From guitars, we moved to a featured exhibit of human anatomy and physiology, then to James River marine life followed by Rat Basketball.
You know Rat Basketball. That's where a couple of cool rats--real rats--make unfailingly killer shots at hoops. Hard to capture that fun in a few words, but the crowded audience ate it up.
Did I mention that the rats go through the hoops holding their miniature basketballs?
Later, I was looking at a display of extreme animal capabilities. Did you know a cheetah can hit 68 miles per hour in three seconds flat, from a standing start? That is serious acceleration!
Anyway, I'm living proof that attention deficit disorder is always with you. I went on through the museum like that, hopscotching from one unrelated thing to another, until
I saw a kids exhibit on oceanside biology on a lower floor. I love anything for kids--it cuts right to the chase.
But when I found my way down a staircase to the exhibit, I saw something else of an oceanic nature--outside, some distance behind the museum.
It was "Aluminaut,"
Aluminaut, with a crew of three, made 251 dives during its active life, for a wide variety of government and other clients including the U.S. military.