The Best Day

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Yesterday, for my husband, ranks up as one of the more memorable days in his life and I was along for the ride. We have a small season ticket package for the Detroit Tigers and with that comes some perks. Our ticket organizer Michelle called Tom in July to see if we would like to attend a batting practice on the field. We said “of course”, and coordinated a date that worked for all of us, August 27th. Tom had attended a game in July and snapped a picture of someone that he wanted them to autograph. I printed it off and here is Tom, organizing his picture and book he wanted to get some autographs in.  This is our parking spot in the parking garage. Would you believe I had to ask Tom what floor we were on when coming in to go home? I really paid attention didn’t I, and I even took the picture? That was about 6 hours later in my defense though.

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Great view from the parking garage. Ford Field in the background (Detroit Lions Football), Comerica Park (Tigers) in the middle and the the revolving Red Wings Hockey puck in the foreground. It belongs to the Hockey Town Cafe.

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This is where the new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena is being built. It is going to be a fabulous complex of apartments, townhouses, restaurants, shops, etc. What used to be there was a very, very blighted neighborhood. It wasn’t a safe place. One time Tom and I were waiting in traffic to get on to the interstate on a street in this area. There was a female and two males going into an old abandoned gas station. One male would come out, then the other male would go in. They had a brown bag they were drinking out of and it was just not good. We knew what was going on and it really bothered me.

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In 2010 we had been watching the prices of these condos. The real estate market was tanked, the prices in Detroit were really low and we saw these get down to maybe $58,000 and we really considered buying one. Especially since it was two blocks from Comerica Park. After witnessing the gas station incident I didn’t want to stay around that area. We could kick ourselves now! Look at the prime area they are going to be across from! We didn’t have a crystal ball…it would have come in handy though.

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Coming down the elevator, the side of the Fox Theater building. I loved the ornate carvings.

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I also liked this sign. I made me wonder just how good those seats were.

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We were to be there by 10:45 so we made our way up to Comerica Park, which by the previous pictures, was just a few blocks away. We got there in time to see one of the Los Angeles Angels bus drive in. Tom could kind of tell who they were and he thought is was the pitchers. So that was fun.

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We were to check in at the Administrative Offices. Go through the metal detector and say who we were here for.

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We loved the pictures in the office. Tom was just in Heaven just being in this office. My job is to document. I am enjoying myself also, but not like my husband. It is like he is absorbing it in.

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Players important in the history of the Detroit Tigers.

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A very historical picture with Babe Ruth in the middle.

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Everything has the Old English D on it. Even the hand dryers in the bathrooms.

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A picture of Kirk Gibson hitting a home run in the 1984 World Series. I have included the video of it...it was great off Goose Gossage. Kirk Gibson went on to hit another in 1988 playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He then went on to be the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks until recently he has come back to the Tigers and is a radio commentator. At the beginning of the season he discovered he had Parkinsons Disease. I truly believe it will not get the best of him and the disease has a good strong opponent. An interesting note….the Tigers Wives, this week, had an online auction, as they do every year. Kirk Gibson sent a baseball to Goose Gossage to sign and write “I should have walked him” and then Kirk also signed the baseball and it was in the auction. You really need to watch the video to understand this.  I don’t know how much it sold for.

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This sweet little girl was keeping her grandpa busy while he was waiting for someone else in the same area. Even the carpet has old English D’s on it. So Michelle came down and said that batting practice had been cancelled. This didn’t surprise us any…that’s the way things go with us. For example: 1. When we went to Virginia we drove to Chincoteague Island to see the ponys….the road to the ponys was closed. 2. We went to Indianapolis for a weekend and the room down the hall from us caught on fire. 3. We went to Chicago and had a weekend from hell because our car kept breaking down on the freeway. 4. I went to a ballgame in Chicago and a vendor was throwing peanuts to the guy behind me and the package hit me in the side of the face. 5. Again the vacation to Virginia Beach resulted in changing hotels because our hotel was under a loud and uncomfortable renovation. So we were not surprised that this happened and we have learned through the years to prepare ourselves. Also they had a night game the night before and Justin Verlander almost had a no hitter, so they probably whooped it up. Maybe they should have had batting practice because they lost the game 2 to 0…and the pitcher did a great job! So Michelle was so sorry and told us to reschedule and that she would get us a signed baseball and so we were happy. She said she would bring it to our seats. Believe you me….we were still just tickled to be there!

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We left and just started walking around because we had some time to kill. Look at this view down the street. Ford Field on the left, the GM headquarters straight ahead and Comerica Park on the right.

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When we go to a football game, we spend time here in the Bud Light Party Zone. It’s great, they have food and drinks, and I think they are complementary.

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This plaque I had not noticed before on the side of Comerica Park. It was interesting. There is so much to see, I am not surprised I missed it.

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Just a good close up of the pregame screen. The graphics were really good because that A looks like it is popping off the screen.

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We were going to go eat at Cheli’s who is a hockey player for the Red Wings. He used to play for the Blackhawks also and I don’t know who else. But before that next door to the restaurant is an sports apparel shop that we looked around in.

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It was neat because it had actual items from old stadiums.

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Close up you could tell this was old and worn. Such memorabilia!

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Also old and worn. 20 years old.

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Walking back to Cheli’s…I liked this old doorway. Cheli’s then was full and the line was out the door so we moved on and went in to sit and have a drink before the stadium opened at 11:30.

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Doing a little people watching while we are in the stadium waiting for our autograph person. Friends have taken a day to come to the ball park.

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This guy is hoping to catch a fly ball or a foul ball.

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Tom has spotted his guy and he is showing him the picture. He is telling him about it and it’s a good sign that he is smiling.

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I see he is now talking with his hands and it looks like they are starting to move.

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John Keating says that he would be glad to sign it but “Hell, we can get you a better picture than that”. Come on up!

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Tom says, “I have my wife, she will take the picture” and John Keating says “bring her up too, she can be in it.”

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So here we are, and look at Tom….just loving it. He is having such a great time!

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Here is Michelle, our ticket organizer, she has just delivered our signed ball to our seats. She said, I got J.D.Martinez to sign it, I thought that would be a good one. I agreed, she picked a good one. Let me tell you friends, he is on fire. He was a great acquisition for the Tigers. The fun just keeps on coming!

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Our signed baseball by J.D. Martinez, No.28. He hit a triple which was great! Nobody could get him home though.

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To end our day at the ballpark, Paws was talking with a lovely elderly lady and giving her a t-shirt in the aisle beside our seats. It was a fun day! Thanks for sharing it with me.

Love this Little City

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While I was walking the two blocks of Downtown I took some other pictures also. I like that one could walk several feet and come across these Huge planted pots. They were really lovely and I will be showing several throughout this post.

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The iron ornate bench and the plants looked like quite an inviting place to sit.

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This vintage light pole had much going on, flags, banners, lights.

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The flag you see in here is not on top of that building, it is on top of the courthouse which is later in this post. I liked the way it was standing up there so tall and proud.

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There was much to look at in the courthouse square. Not only sculptures but memorial items also. This is for all the conflicts and the men and women who served in them. WW I, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and then it was added later….all other conflicts. It looked like an eternal flame in the middle. I couldn’t discern if it was lit or it is just noticeable at dark.

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Another huge pot full of zinnias this time. One of my favorite flowers.

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This is a memorial of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam era from Adams County Indiana. It is the other half of the Conflicts Memorial.

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A plaque in front of a huge pine tree that was planted in 1936, 79 years ago. It was in honor of the 1936 centennial court of honor. It goes on to name Miss Decatur, Miss Adams County, Miss Indiana and then the ladies on the court.

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It has grown a lot in those 79 years. It has also seen much progress past it’s branches.

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I was really delighted when I found this plaque on a huge rock. It is in memory of Gene Stratton Porter, Author of nature storybooks. She came to Decatur as a bride and lived in Geneva, IN in Adams county where she wrote her first 10 books. Here home and grounds can be toured in Geneva at Limberlost Swamp and also the Cabin at Wildflower Woods in Rome City, IN. It is very well maintained and they are two of my favorite places to go.

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I enjoyed this brick path that was made to walk by the memorial rock. Isn’t the rock just huge?

Indiana Woodlands with watermark

I painted a botanical poster of many specimens that I took pictures of from the Wildflower Woods  grounds. It can be purchased as a print from my Etsy shop.

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The colors on these plants just stood out and I had to include them.

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I liked the ice cream cone on top of the sandwich board for the ice cream shop. I love the ingenious way they added sprinkles with colored electrical tape.

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Here is the very tall courthouse. The earlier picture of the flag is what is missing here. It’s a very nice building and I saw many people going in and out, it’s a busy place. Hope you enjoyed this small tour of the downtown. There really is more to see, good restaurants, shops, antique mall to name a few. Thanks for stopping.

 

Exploring

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Yesterday I met my niece Wendy in downtown Fort Wayne with my camera. She is doing a project with letters from business signs, so we walked and drove the town to the particular spots that she needed. It was a fun few hours and I snapped some pictures to share along the way also. This is also where we had lunch at J.K. O’Donnells, Irish Pub.

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Right next door to J.K. O’Donnells is this store, Creative Women of the World. The lower floor had handmade items from different countries made by women who had gone through human trafficking, natural disasters to name two, just terrible strife in their lives. They are taught to be entrepreneurs. The second floor is a lotus gallery showing local artists creations.

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Wendy was parked on this street and had to feed the parking meter so I snapped this shot. I liked the trees on both sides of the sidewalk. Fort Wayne has beautiful huge pots planted with flowers throughout.

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Our next sign stop was the Thirsty Camel on Washington in Fort Wayne. They definitely had neat letters.

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I was across the street to take these.

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I decided to stand in the middle of the street for a closeup…before the light changed….Washington is a main street through the city. She needed the R.

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And the M.

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Wendy told me she had a thing for taking pictures through alleys, so we made our way back to the car through this alley. It was not menacing at all during the day. I would not have enjoyed it at night.

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Interesting window. I don’t know the history of the building but it looks like it belonged on an insane asylum!

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This window had seen better days. Again rusted bars…don’t know what went on in these buildings.

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It was a nice day for a walk. A bit of coolness in the air and great to take walks in.

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In that alley was this picture on a pole or a pipe. Thought this little striped shirt boy was interesting in an interesting place.

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Alley picture all the way down with the fire escapes.

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Our next sign stop was Club Soda on Superior Street. She needed the “S” from it. The building is very neat, it used to be a textile company, as you can tell from the sign.

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Across Superior Street from Club Soda is access to a park, Freiman Square, Artlink, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art and also where the Wabash and Erie Canal used to be. I took this from afar on  the back side of the park. We had to keep moving.

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I am not sure if this was painted, drawn, a sticker but this pretty tea pot was on the cement wall.

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This is where the canal had been. After it was bankrupt and trains became popular in the 1800’s the canal bed was filled in and the railway was put in. Still being used today to go over Fort Wayne.

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The Historical Marker for it. The canal was very important to Fort Wayne, once it came through the city grew by leaps and bounds.

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People who work downtown park their cars here.

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I also understand it is a place for the homeless to stay.

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A complete picture of the Club Soda building. On the left they have added a terrace and outdoor seating.

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Our next stop was Henry’s. That’s all you have to say, it’s been in Fort Wayne for as long as I can remember. I ate there in April. Wendy needed the”H” in Henry’s.

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They had set up some outdoor seating and planted this little garden beside it with marigolds, sunflowers and perennial grass.

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The Sunbeam Bread Company is just down the street from Henry’s. This sign is a Fort Wayne Icon. You drive past the building on Main Street and the bread slices move and the most wonderful smell comes out of the building when they are baking the bread. It is owned by Aunt Millies now.

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O’Sullivans Pub was next on the agenda. This has also been around for as long as I can remember. She needed the “O” and the “u” from the sign. This place is huge during St. Patricks day as you can imagine. The reviews on any site I looked at were not good. If you drink enough alcohol it kills the germs I suppose.

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I think this building has been a bar for a long time and I see O’Sullivans was established in 1978, the year I graduated from high school.

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I also snapped the O on the overhang. Thought is had character with the rip in it.

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Our last stop was the Brass Rail on Broadway. I am not a bar person so I had not heard of this place before now. It has an interesting web site, apparently it has lots of live acts. It is in a little more blighted area of Fort Wayne but is right next to an antique mall. Across the street is a Jazz Club and it looked like people were redoing their houses so it was all interesting and an education for me.

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The “A” in the sign is what we were after.

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This house was on a sidestreet and I thought the upper floor windows were very neat.

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This house was across the street next to the Jazz Club. It looked old and with the scaffolding up they were remodeling it I am sure. Thats all I have today, hope you enjoyed exploring Fort Wayne with us. Thanks for stopping!