I’m generally the sort of person that likes to have plans, well, planned out well in advance.
But sometimes a friend drops a link in your chat box and says “do you guys want to go to Binghamton tomorrow?”
And… well. It looked good — the link, the hanging out with close friends, the relatively short drive (1-½ hour or so). And we didn’t have anything urgent to do that Saturday, and…
So we drove to Binghamton.
Binghamton is… well, let’s start. NYState is in the Rust Belt, which I’m sure you know if you live around here. It has a lot of remnants of former glory — for instance, I grew up in (near) Rochester, which is the birthplace of Kodak, Xerox, and Bauch and Lomb (film cameras, photocopiers, and eye care/vision enhancement). You can see not only, say, the Eastman House (George Eastman founded Kodak) but the old Kodak building, the Xerox tower, the great mausoleums for all these people, then Gleason (works) and Strong… hold on I need to google… oh ha. Henry Alvah Strong, first president of Kodak. Via Helen Strong Carter, his daughter, First Lady of Hawaii in the early 1900s, go Rochester.
…Strong Museum of Play, it turns out, is a totally different Strong family. Continue reading