Wednesday, November 28, 2007

San Diego Trip Report, Day 1

Russell investigates the science of hearing at the Fleet Science Center

Punky wonders how insects use their antennae

A display at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Punky inspects a model railroad display at San Diego's Model Railroad Museum

The Brewster Boys lounge around in the hotel room after our first day in San Diego

We spent Thanksgiving weekend for a well-deserved and long-anticipated mini-vacation in San Diego. Our goals for the long weekend were visits to the San Diego Zoo, Legoland and the Scripps Aquarium. We also wanted to tour Balboa Park, take a boat ride around San Diego Harbor and see Coronado's famous Hotel del Coronado.

On Day One, we arrived in San Diego at noon and promptly checked in at Homewood Suites in Liberty Station (Naval base). We then proceeded to Balboa Park where we checked out the San Diego Model Railroad Museum (an excellent choice) and the Reuben Fleet Science Center (not so hot). We ended the evening with an IMAX film at the Science Center called "Sea Monsters".

A not-so-pleasant thing happened to us at the IMAX film. Approximately halfway through the 40-minute film, Russell started to get impatient and began to giggle and poke his brother Punky. Russell's actions--typical of an autistic kid--triggered an angry response from a nearby patron. Russell's actions were barely noticable in a crowded movie theater. Unfortunately, we were sitting next to a deranged individual--in the guise of a moviegoer--who proceeded to curse openly and call Jenny horrible names. We tried to defuse the situation, but the she-witch kept screaming expletives at our family.

After the movie, the beast followed us out of the theater whereupon Jenny lit into the woman like a mother bear protecting her cubs. I don't think the person expected Jenny to fight back, so she became startled and backed off. Obviously, this individual had little experience with kids, so we brushed off this incident as a one-time occurrence with a disturbed person. Still, it was an unpleasant encounter, and placed a bad taste in our mouths throughout the trip.


At 4:27 PM, Blogger Felice Luftschein said...

So, you finally set up model trains in your livingroom?

We'll be going to the local train show this weekend...

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Da Man said...

Not quite. We visited the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, which the kids (and I) loved. I recommend it highly. THe kids could have stayed there for hours...

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Felice Luftschein said...

That witch! The world is full of lunatics, I hope you were able to turn it into a learning experience, "That's a crazy person kids, avoid people like that", rather than just a trauma. I tend to go ballistic in situations like that, which probably isn't good for the kids vocabulary...


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