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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Saturday June 26, 2004. Light Rail Grand Opening, continued.

On to the 46th Street Station. A zydeco band, which performed that zydeco classic "Kingston Town". (My heart is down/My head is turning around/Had to leave a little girl in Kingston Town.)

On to the 50th Street/Minnehaha Park Station. High point: a tour of Minnehaha Park in an antique bus.

The bus dated from 1953; it's a bit disconcerting for an antique anything to be ten years younger than I am. There were the usual ads; it took me a bit of time to realize that they were all from past decades.

We got off at the Princess Depot Museum.

After seeing that museum, we walked around the park. Saw Minnehaha Falls from several angles.

By the park pavilion, the Middle Spunk Creek Boys were playing bluegrass. Including:

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Your tie is caught in your fly.

They also did "Charlie on the MTA" with "MTA" replaced by "LRT". Unfortunately, that was the only change they made.

Our original plan had been to take in the stations we'd missed on the return trip. However, we were both tired enough that we decided to go to the Fort Snelling Station and call it a day. (The line currently ends at Fort Snelling. When completed, it will go on to the airport and to the Mall of America. Till then, the #155 bus will fill cover that part of the route.)

At the Fort Snelling Station, we got our passports stamped for the sixth time -- which entitled us to enter the drawing for prizes.

And then we took a #55 bus, rather than waiting for room on the #55 train.

The #55 buses were intended to take over when the trains weren't running. The trains were running fine; but the buses were needed to handle the overflow.

A bit after the bus passed the VA Medical Center, another passenger remarked that the bus seemed to be going in circles. Which led to a group of people singing "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" After which they moved on to 1960s rock. (Some of the Beatles songs might have been more recent.)

We got off at the Downtown East/Metrodome Station. We walked to where Pat's car was parked, and she drove me home.
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